To Build Is To Restore

What if buildings could actually benefit the environment? Many architecture firms have adopted this concept and use green roofs or solar panels in their construction. But what if the building cladding itself could improve the surrounding air and break down pollution? Seems Utopian, but it is a reality with Lapitec. The sintered stone was innovated to have an inherent technology that uses BIOMIMICRY, in that it emulates, or behaves as a tree, breaking down CO2. 100 square meters is equivalent to over 25 trees in the amount of CO2 it can break down. Oh, and it kills E. coli and staph on its surface as well. Still using quartz? Catch up! Sintered stone has taken man-made stone to a whole new level.

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Waste Is A Resource

Don’t be a tosser. That garbage can be put to good use. Durat uses recycled plastic as a filler in its solid surface. The company is exploring the use of ocean plastic in its manufacture. PaperStone uses recycled paper paired with a petroleum free resin to create an incredibly durable surface with an organic, natural feel and steel-like strength. Kirei EchoPanel uses recycled PET to create colorful, beautiful acoustical treatments. CaraGreen believes that waste can be a resource, and we partner with companies that share in this belief.  So let’s get innovative and stop putting the “fill” in landfill.

Photo by Key Cucine

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All About The GRAM

Millennial alert! Want an easy way to impact the environment? Ask your server to skip the straws. If you do, tag us @caragreenproducts or @modernsurfaces and we will send you a free stainless steel straw with our #createbetter tag.

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Live and Learn - The Paradigm Shift In The Built Environment

Get savvy and smarter with CaraGreen’s new Lunch and Learn on how the environment is impacting the way we build. This course explores the consumer lifestyle and how our disposable approach to daily living is destroying our oceans and landscapes. It also takes a deep dive into the constructed world and how that is the largest contribution to the waste stream. Lastly, we offer immediate ways that we can improve our planet as consumers and as building professionals. We can start small or we can design big, both helping us to achieve our ultimate goal: to Create Better. Email or your local sales rep to set up a Lunch and Learn.

This course is eligible for one AIA HSW LU.

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March Vignette - Luck of The Irish

Clockwise, starting from from the upper left:
Kirei - EchoPanel, 579
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Yasai
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6025
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6029
PaperStone - Cladding, Sandstone
Durat - 810
Durat - 800
Kirei - Mura Fabric, Maze 381
IceStone - Forest Fern

Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6029

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Everybody likes a little competition. OK, a lot of competition. While NCAA playoffs descend upon us, we thought we would reflect on our own approach to competition. There is usually no benefit to one player in a product category, it makes that category suspect and invalidated. It is like having that one guy on the team who hogs the ball. It is hard to win that way. Having other companies that share the product category with you is important.  

Take sintered stone. Lapitec is one brand. Dekton and Neolith are the two others. (We are not getting into all the me-too porcelains, they are not sintered stone). Without the other two, there is not a product category. They validate the category and should all grow together. PaperStone is another brand. It’s primary competitor is Richlite. Good, they validate the composite category, despite being competitors. It is pretty simple. You should welcome competition but know how to differentiate at the same time.

Now, when it comes to the NCAA, we don’t have any advice there. We would have a Devil of a time telling you who may win and who may Pack it in. There is no need to be Cavalier about it if you win or go wallow in your Boilermaker if you lose. Good luck with your picks and best of luck from the Tarheel State.

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Our Boldest and Brightest Meet Your Boldest and Brightest

We were so excited to do a photo shoot at Marble Children’s Museum in Downtown Raleigh and see all the vibrant installations of Durat solid surface. Chosen for its sleek, bright colors (think jammy purples, confetti whites and electric greens), Durat was a must-have for the designers when they were looking for a solid surface that would match the energy and excitement of the clientele.  

Used in the “Seedlings” section, Durat color 810 is a bright green to match the plants and trees that the children engage with as they explore and grow with their own creations.   
Durat 750 is the truest purple and provides the transaction counter in the gift shop. Seamless, clean and healthy, Durat and kids are a perfect match: inspiring, unbounded and uplifting.

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Reverberation, Reflection, and Sabins - Oh My!

Nerd Alert! The CaraGreen Sales team is going back to school. Kirei University opened up last week to welcome our team of savvy sustainable sale-sisters to San Diego for education on Kirei’s EchoPanel acoustical products and bio-based panels and tiles. EchoPanel is recycled PET plastic in vibrant hues and patterns with very effective sound reduction.The product comes in tiles, panels, clouds and baffles. These can be custom cut and printed to match whatever design needs you may have. No need to explain more here, we have three recent graduates who can educate you on all things EchoPanel. Diplomas in hand and ready to bestow their recent wisdom, email us at to find the nerd closest to you!

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February Vignette - Year Of The Dog

Clockwise, starting from from the upper left:

IceStone - Tuscan Sunset
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Red 3020
Kirei - EchoPanel, 258
Durat - 450
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Yellow 1018
Durat - 070
Kirei - EchoPanel, 108

PaperStone - Cladding, Slate

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Follow Us on YouTube!

We have a new YouTube channel to show you all the best tips and tricks when working with our materials. Subscribe to our channel here. Click on the pictures above to watch the best ways to get scratches out of Durat and/or how to get a wine stain out of Durat!


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