July Testimonial - Eating Pollution

See how Jack is planning on solving the world's problems with Lapitec!

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Indoor and Outdoor Man Caves

Cellar dwellers can rejoice as the man cave comes to the backyard in the form of the outdoor kitchen. Big Green Eggs, Traegers, and Webers are flanked by some of the most durable surfaces imaginable. Fire pits and fireplaces are getting high-end upgrades with new textures and claddings that are far more attractive and interesting than traditional dull stone that had a foothold in outdoor kitchens for decades.

Come see our booth (#2862) at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA, August 22-25 to see our installation of indoor and outdoor man caves using PaperStone, CharredStone, Lapitec, reSAWN Charred Timber, and GatorSkins. There will be a chance to win a Big Green Egg to get you started!

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Hallelujah! EchoPanel Offers Sound Salvation

Kirei recently introduced the Balance Tile: a three dimensional acoustic tile made from recycled plastic bottles. The designers at the World Harvest Church in Roswell, GA, quickly noticed the sleek tile and integrated them into their space, creating a beautiful and comfortable lounge space with depth and visual appeal. The Kirei Balance Tiles were used in the Family Check-In area, where they were flanked by smoky blue furnishings and wall accents.

According to Ymani Tannis, Interior Designer and church member at World Harvest Church:
"We chose this product not only because of its acoustic properties, but also its endless design solutions to meet the aesthetic of the space. I personally love EchoPanels and all of Kirei's products to execute a great design!"

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Straws Suck, but what are YOU doing about it?

There has been a massive movement to get rid of straws. McDonald’s, Starbucks, and many other take-out and dining establishments have jumped on the bandwagon. Save the straws, save the planet. We think the Straw is a token symbol of the move to get rid of the copious amounts of unneeded plastic that we mindlessly toss away every day. Here are six quick tips that you can take to go beyond the straw and really make an impact:

  1. Ask for no plasticware when you order takeout.
  2. Bring your own coffee cup to fill up.
  3. Bring a reusable water bottle and stop using plastic bottles!
  4. Ask them to hold the lid AND the straw when ordering a drink (especially if you're dining IN)!
  5. Go back to the car to get those reusable grocery bags, even if you forgot! And STOP using the produce bags, do you really need a whole bag for one avocado?
  6. And of course, choose sustainable materials for your buildings.

Tag us @caragreenproducts when you take one of these steps and we will send you a reusable straw!


Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Summer Camp coming to learn about Sustainability and rocking their new reusable straws!

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June Vignette - Burning Bright

Products from bottom to top:

Lapitec - Dune, Nero Assoluto
Kirei - EchoPanel, Geometry Tiles, Hex 151
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Hayward
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Can, Hai
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Orange 2008
IceStone - Tuscan Sunset

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Sharing Is Caring - Co-working Spaces Are HOT

Our spotlight is on this stunner of an interior renovation in Charlotte, NC - CoCoTiv. Spearheaded by the RdM Architecture Team:

Rick Mack (Architect and General Contractor), Barrow Koslosky (Project Manager), Julia Badorrek (Intern Architect), Miriam Webster (Interior Designer), Doug Williams (Superintendent). What are some of the biggest challenges in renovating these co-working spaces: Acoustics! RdM solved this issue by using EchoPanel Hex Tiles: easy to apply and visually appealing, EchoPanel accomplished exactly what RdM was hoping to achieve.

According to Webster, “Providing prototype design services for this new co-working company required extensive research and conceptual initiatives into this emerging industry. RdM worked closely with the Owner to achieve maximum revenue opportunities by maximizing occupancy and memberships.”

CoCoTiv is situated on the 4th floor of the reimagined Park Seneca Building originally built in 1970, the 12,600 SF space has beautiful views of the uptown Charlotte skyline looking north and suburban views to South Park. Webster was pleased with the final design, calling it “an artful combination of hard, rough building components, exposed structure, systems, and utilities, and street graphics are softened with reclaimed wood and neutral fabrics with splashes of trendy color elements then blended into a gritty but comfortable urban oasis.” We love being part of the solution, and Kirei EchoPanel always delivers.

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Lapitec Surfacing - Engineered For The Future

Still using Quartz as your “go to” surface? Snap out of it! Lapitec sintered stone far outperforms quartz, is competitively priced and is (in our humble opinions) much more appealing and timeless. With seven textures and colors ranging from deep black to brilliant white, Lapitec addresses all the shortcomings of quartz and granite. Specifically engineered to be the next generation of surfacing, Lapitec will not yellow (like quartz), can not be scratched (like quartz) and will not react to heat (like quartz). The minds behind the creation of quartz are the ones that proactively invented sintered stone to replace quartz, and the time is now. Widely accepted as the “what’s next” in surfacing, Lapitec also boasts hydrophilic properties, which mean anti-graffiti and anti-pollution. Yes, it breaks down pollution. Think about buildings that actually give back to the environment. Quartz was queen, but its reign is over. The heat is on, and Lapitec can stand up to it!

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Summer School - Book Your Courses on   Biophilic Design, WELL, or Waste as a Resource

Get on our schedule for courses (AIA, GBCI credit hours) on the most relevant topics for architects and designers. No, these are not those thinly veiled product pitches that you are accustomed to, these are relevant topics.

  • Biophilic Design - Learn the underlying principles and explore the data behind this design technique that is rapidly becoming the most creative method for enhancing occupant productivity, health and well-being
  • WELL Building Standard - Get up to speed on the latest WELL Building standard, whether you just want to be in know, or if you are studying to be a WELL AP, this course will get you the basic info to hit the ground running on this new, health-focused standard.
  • Waste as a Resource - Learn how the built environment is changing and how we need to rethink the way we design.  With major changes in waste management and recycling, as consumers and designers, we need to get more creative to design buildings that can give back.

Sign up HERE to book one or more of these hot topics.

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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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