May Vignette - Mellow May Blues

Products from top to bottom:

Durat - 182
PaperStone - Azure
Kirei - EchoPanel, 101
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Blue 5024
IceStone - Cobalt Ice

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Quartz Anti-Dumping Petition

We have been telling you for a while that quartz is ubiquitous, which was our nice way of saying commoditized and cheap. Now Cambria, the leading quartz manufacturer based in the US has filed an anti-dumping petition against 301 quartz factories in China. Yes, three hundred and one. That means they think quartz is being sold in the US for less than it costs to make. And they also claim countervailing dumping, which means the quartz from China is being subsidized, further allowing it to be sold in the US for even less, driving pricing down and forcing domestic manufacturers out of business. The press release can be found here.

For samples of sustainable, responsibly made surfacing alternatives, check out caragreen.com or email us: info@caragreen.com

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Lose The Skepticism - PaperStone

Don’t think that PaperStone can hold up? Re-share our latest post with a PaperStone cutting board on our Instagram and Facebook page to receive a PaperStone cutting board to evaluate its performance. All we ask is that you send us your feedback on how it performs.

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Baffling Sound Problems

Gensler, one of the leading architecture firms in the world, is not immune to running into design problems. Like sound control in open spaces. Expansive floor plans and open layouts introduce a myriad of issues when it comes to treating acoustics in these spaces. Fortunately, their Raleigh office was able to draw on Kirei EchoPanel and its multiple shapes and configurations to create a colorful acoustic solution in an open office environment. EchoPanel bucks the acoustic norms in its breadth of shapes, sizes, colors, patterns and customizations available. According to Gensler, “We needed some acoustical panels that came in fun colors and were at a great price point – Kirei met all our requirements.” A sound decision, we agree!  

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This Is Epic

No, really it is Epic! Epic wide oak flooring from reSAWN Timber is the ultimate in durability and beauty in the flooring space. It is w-i-d-e. How wide, you ask? 13.5” wide. Constructed in a stable, 3 ply format, the Epic white oak flooring using matching top and bottom layers to create a thick wear layer and stabilizing base layer sets a new standard in flooring.

What else?  For the base layer, it uses the white oak that would normally not be considered “face grade” due to knots or other irregularities, that would not be visually appealing. Still incredibly strong, there is no need to dispose of this useful oak, rather, it can be repurposed as part of the flooring. Looking for something that nobody else has, is visually stunning, has dramatic width and would be totally, well, Epic? You found it here → resawn@caragreen.com

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Lunch & Learn

CaraGreen lunch and learns are educational opportunities for your firm. With topics like WELL Building, Biophilic Design and Sintered Stone, we work hard to bring you the most relevant, trending classes. Email us to book a CE course today: info@caragreen.com

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April Vignette - Earth Day

Products from top to bottom:

  • IceStone - Denim Moss
  • PaperStone - Azure
  • BarkHouse - Standard Poplar
  • Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Green 6029
  • Lapitec - Arabescato Canova, Satin
  • reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban Charred Cladding, Kujaku
  • Durat - 800

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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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