SPARQ Home was founded on a mission to preserve nature’s soapstone quarries across the globe.
In most quarries, up to 80% of all soapstone mined is deemed waste or scrap material. For businesses like kitchen construction, large, flawless slabs of soapstone are hard to come by. Each cut of stone is evaluated and claimed as scrap or useful. When making large cuts of stone, the scrap stone far outweighs the useful slabs. As such, these blocks of scrap stone are left behind, lining the roads of the quarries.
From an aesthetic view, the blocks of stone destroy the landscape of the quarries. From a pure environmental angle, these blocks are left to die, wasted on the roadside. The quarries looking only to make a profit have exploited nature leaving what was once a beautiful natural environment into a butchered up mess of broken blocks, torn down trees and muddy roads.
In an effort to regain control of soapstone waste and make useful a stone that has so much to offer, founders Steven Chavez and Justin English have set out to clean up the disastrous quarries worldwide and find a purpose for the discarded soapstone. This is where SPARQ Home was born.
Chavez and English turned to the stone’s natural properties of maintaining warm and cool temperatures. The use of soapstone for its temperature properties is as old as mankind. In fact, it is one of the most effective natural materials this planet produces for conducting and retaining temperature. This is when the company’s line of soapstone products was born.
SPARQ Home is based in Denver where the majority of its products are hand-crafted and made in the USA.