November Vignette - Thankful for Sustainability

From Back to Front:

Bark House - White Pine
Lapitec - Vesuvio, Sahara
Kirei - Coco Tiles, Sumatra Collection, Sipora
Plyboo - Linear Sound, LS16, Amber
PaperStone - Leather
IceStone - Forest Fern

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GreenBuild

We were so excited to head to GreenBuild and see what Boston had in store. Familiar faces and some new innovations were present, most notably the presence of “biophilia” and “Biophilic design.”

While Green and Build may have some word fatigue, Biophilic Design is THE hot topic for building materials Emanating nature in a space, lots of literal green instead of just the word are really trending in materials.

Texture is also the feel good feature of many building products. The hands on aesthetic is really taking off in building materials.

Acoustics is also making itself heard, with a big focus on human comfort. Sorry, Loud Diedre in Cube 6, we are tuning you out with some sound control.

For more of our exciting GreenBuild finds, check out our Instagram feed @caragreenproducts

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Don’t Bully Us

As a distributor, we get pushed around a lot. We don’t have the right inventory, we don’t have the right lead times, we didn’t get it to you fast enough. Despite our best efforts to communicate, it is often a blame game and we get stuck in the middle. We try our best to give our customers the best experience and go above and beyond in customer service. But we don’t believe in getting bullied. A trusted friend once told us that “you are a great company, you are trailblazers, you get specifications from architects and we will always honor those. Do not get bullied by people that threaten to switch a spec on you. They are not your partner.” He was right. So, in honor of that, and our general belief in doing good, we had two “Buddy Benches” constructed with our manufacturing facility in Atlanta to combat bullying at a local school. These benches are a safe place for children to go when they feel threatened or want someone to come play with them, and serve as a signal to other children that someone needs a friend. Take that.

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Ruffing It

Domestic squabble? You would not mind spending the night in this dog house! Designed by D2 Architecture in Houston, TX using PaperStone leather, this Palatial Pup Palace is a Geriatric German Shepard’s dream. Specifically designed for the Bark n Build contest, D2 created this aging-canine focused structure out of PaperStone spines and a stretch tension fabric. Easy-access features like a dog-ramp and easily accessible food and water make this entry a definite contender for top prize. We were excited to provide materials to D2 and hope PaperStone gives them a leg up on the competition.

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October Vignette - The Mod Vampire

From Back to Front:

PaperStone - CharredStone
Kirei - EchoPanel Mura Fabric, Volt 404
Bark House - Sanded Poplar, Red Finish
Lapitec - Lithos, Arabescato Perla
Torzo - Hemp, Onyx

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Let’s Talk About Ex

Exteriors that is. At CaraGreen, we have typically curated materials that are suited for indoor use, but with the innovative companies with whom we partner, these beautiful materials are making their way outdoors as well. Check out these materials for commercial and residential use outdoors:

  • reSAWN Charred and reclaimed cladding - cypress, cedar, Accoya and Kebony woods for use as beautiful, unique siding or cladding
  • Lapitec sintered stone- the next big thing - this will replace granite and quartz as the defacto exterior material with unmatched performance, and 8 textures, making it suitable for any application, flooring on up
  • PaperStone Cladding - organic and warm to the touch, PaperStone Cladding is available in a matte finish or wood grain and is an economical, environmental alternative to stone veneers

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Durat Does Digits

Confused by a specification that says Durat 100?  Durat colors are numbers. Those three digits tell you a lot. You can cross reference the numbers by calling us at 919-929-3009 or emailing us. Those three digits prevent a lot of confusion and help keep designers specifications and color choices intact. If we used “snow white” - there are probably seven similar knock-offs waiting in the wings, and a carefully chosen specification could get switched. Our numbers are our code - to keeping your specifications safe!

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Staffing Up

CaraGreen is excited to welcome Madeline Rohrbacher to the sales team. Maddie will be responsible for managing and growing sales in the DC and surrounding areas. Her background with the USGBC, passion for green building and tenacious sales drive make her a great fit for the CaraGreen team. You can set up a lunch and learn or product presentation in the area by emailing her at madeline@caragreen.com.

We are also excited to announce Emily Rice as our Social Media Manager. With the shift toward online marketing, CaraGreen and our partners are engaging more with our customer base on social platforms like Instagram, Houzz, Facebook, and Pinterest. Emily has a degree in Marketing Innovation and not only loves the products, but loves how they perform and is excited to share these features with you across our social media accounts. Have a good story, article, or image to share?  Email emily@caragreen.com.

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Remodeling - Tips and Tricks for Using PaperStone

PaperStone is an ideal material for a remodel.  

For the current generation of homebuyers or renters, they are looking for spaces that represent their values. Those often include respect for the environment and modern or current aesthetics that are not what their parents had.

PaperStone ticks all the boxes:

        ☑ It’s stone-like performance makes it a great replacement for granite or quartz.  
        ​☑ It is made in the USA unlike most quartz, which typically comes from China.  
        ☑ It can be cut on site, using standard woodworking tools.  
        ​☑ Contractors can do it themselves, avoiding costly stone fabrication.  
        ​☑ Available with 100% recycled paper.

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Reduce Sound With EchoPanel Best in Class Acoustic Fabric

Competitively priced and stylishly awesome, the new Mura fabrics are a perfect complement to Kirei’s existing EchoPanel Sheets and systems. Easily wrapped around curved surfaces or adhered to large wall spaces, these fabrics offer comparable NRC performance, but offer an extensive palette of brilliant colors and designs. Best of all, they line up with CaraGreen’s commitment to do better by sporting 60% recycled content. Made of 100% PET, the fabric has a warm feel without the high cost of other felt based products.  Email us at kirei@caragreen.com to find out more.

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