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CaraGreen Now A Distributor for ECOfusion Flooring

ECOfusion bamboo and eucalyptus flooring is the latest addition to CaraGreen’s sustainable product portfolio. ECOfusion blends rapidly renewable natural materials and “fuses” them into innovative, beautiful, and durable flooring. All of their products are free of added urea formaldehyde and are rapidly renewable, meaning they contribute to numerous LEED credits.

ECOfusion has the widest range of colors in bamboo flooring that we’ve seen. And, they have the only color infused bamboo flooring on the market. ECOfusion uses thru-color technology to dye bamboo strands using pure plant-based pigments. The technology dramatically increases the life cycle of the floor as dents and scratches do not require repair as color appears throughout the wear layer.

ECOfusion’s engineered bamboo strand woven flooring is 100% bamboo unlike other products that use wood as a substrate. ECOfusion’s proprietary cross-grain bamboo core features strand woven bamboo on the top and bottom, which provides optimal performance and stability in all climates. 

ECOfusion has a wide range of flooring options including bamboo, eucalyptus, solid, engineered, color infused, stained, and carbonized. Their products are suited for both commercial and residential applications.

ECOfusion Floors Assortment

Buy UltraTouch Denim Insulation Before March 1st To Save Money & Keep Warm

Need a healthier insulation option? Ultratouch cotton insulation is available until March 1st at a discounted rate before an annual price increase takes effect. Take advantage of the lower price and get your stocking order in today. Manufactured from recycled denim, UltraTouch cotton insulation provides energy-saving thermal performance matched with superior acoustical performance. UltraTouch is safe and nontoxic. It contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels unlike traditional insulation products. UltraTouch is a Class-A Building Product and meets the highest ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness. UltraTouch can be installed in both commercial and residential applications. For more information on UltraTouch, contact us.

Durat Garners Attention at NeoCon East

In October, CaraGreen exhibited Durat at NeoCon East in Baltimore. Two representatives from Durat, Heikki Karppinen and Katerina Baranovskaja, came from Finland for the show. We launched Durat’s new tabletop program in which you can get tops made from their signature sustainable solid surface material in numerous sizes of round, square, and rectangular shapes and in over 60 colors. The table program interested designers working in industries from hospitality to healthcare. Durat’s vibrant booth with its lime green bathtub and Raita striped bench stood out on the show floor. And, our custom made Durat “Jenga” set challenged and entertained visitors. Thanks to everyone that stopped by our booth! 

Durat Booth at NeoCon East 2012

CaraGreen’s Kim Wike Elected to Local and State USGBC Leadership Boards

In October, the current USGBC Triangle Board of Directors elected officers for the 2013 Triangle Branch Leadership Group and State Board of Directors. The group elected CaraGreen’s Business Development Manager, Kim Wike, for two positions: Secretary of the Triangle Branch and Representative to the State, which she will hold for two years.
CaraGreen has been a member of the USGBC since 2007 and is a sponsor of the Triangle USGBC for 2012, so we are delighted that Kim is active in the organization. The structure of the Triangle Chapter will change starting in 2013, when they will become the Triangle Branch. And, the Triangle Chapter has merged with the Charlotte and Triad Chapters to create a State-wide chapter.
In her position on the State Board, Kim will be responsible for development and oversight of the strategic plan for the chapter and ensuring its alignment with the organization’s mission. For the Triangle Branch, she will be responsible for the implementation of that plan.

Kim began volunteering with the USGBC on the Emerging Professionals (EP) Committee in 2007. She then became the EP Communications Committee Co Chair in 2009-2011 and served on the Triangle Chapter Board for 1 year in 2011. In 2012, she moved to the Chapter Communications Committee Chair where she was responsible for all emails and event promotions within and outside the chapter. We are proud of Kim and congratulate her on her new positions! To read more about Kim, click here.

Kim Wik

Durat Launches Ready-To-Go Tabletop Program

Durat is lanching a new tabletop program at NeoCon East. Durat tables will be made from their signature sustainable solid surface material, which contains 30% post-industrial recycled plastic. Durat collects the recycled material, which would otherwise end up in landfills. And, Durat is 100% recyclable at the end of its long life.

Designers can choose from Durat’s spectrum of over 60 vibrant colors. And, custom tints are available. Tops come in round, square and rectangular shapes. Numerous popular sizes are available in each shape and custom sizes are also available. All tabletops have a 1 1/2” edge thickness and a 3/4” plywood substrate.

Easy maintenance and hard-wearing properties make Durat tabletops ideal for public spaces, like restaurants, offices, and schools. Durat is resistant to wear, humidity, and various kinds of chemicals and spills. Durat is microbial-resistant, making it good for food service, healthcare and children’s facilities. And, Durat can be renewed with slight sanding. For more information on Durat Tabletops, contact us.

Durat Tabletops

Durat Featured in September Issue of UK Elle Decoration

Durat is featured in the September issue of UK Elle Decoration in the “Material Matters” section. The article focuses on materials used in kitchens and states “the materials you choose are vital to making the hardest-working room in the house function efficiently.” The collage of materials above from the magazine features Durat in colors 030 and 730 as a worktop option with recycled content. The article gives this advice when selecting a countertop material:

-Establish what you want in a surface and familiarize yourself with the look and properties of different materials
-Research maintenance of materials (Durat requires no sealing, it’s stain resistant, and scratches can be buffed out)
-Choose materials according to the task they’ll be used for (ex. use a non-porous material, like Durat, around sink)
-Consider thickness, some materials can be built up to achieve a monolithic look, others can be ultra thin. (Durat can be either)
-Set aside as much of your budget as you can afford for the worktop, as it is the most used part of your kitchen.

Learn more about Durat.

Durat to Exhibit at NeoCon East October 17-18

The rendering above is a sneak peek at Durat’s colorful booth which will be on display at NeoCon East this year. Held in Baltimore, MD on October 17th and 18th, NeoCon East is the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. Durat’s booth will explore the versatility of the sustainable solid surface material from form to color. A vanity with sink, tub, tabletop, and seamed sheets will all be part of the display, along with samples of the spectrum of colors Durat comes in. Durat will join over 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest interior products and innovations in the market. If you plan to be at the show, please stop by and see the booth!

Durat booth design by Cassy Lindahl and SitzerSpuria Studios
To be produced by SitzerSpuria Inc

Durat, Meld, and TorZo to be part of Curated Materials Exhibit at Neocon

Durat, Meld, and TorZo have all been selected to take part in the Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon happening in Chicago June 11th-13th. In this exhibit hundreds of material samples will be displayed side-by-side, with details on their origin, makeup and recommended applications. This experiential, educational exhibit is curated by design historian and materials specialist Grace Jeffers. The exhibit will be on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart, 8-3130. The Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion will be hosting educational exhibits and sponsoring CEU presentations. TorZo will also have a booth at Neocon, 7-7038, which will show their latest innovations. If you’re planning to be at Neocon, we invite you to visit both of these exhibits, browse, ask questions and get inspired!

CaraGreen Expands TorZo Territory Into DC and Maryland

CaraGreen now represents TorZo Sustainable Surfaces in DC and Maryland. The additional territory comes as a result of CaraGreen’s success with the product in NC, SC, GA, TN, VA, and FL. CaraGreen has secured specifications in projects ranging from corporate offices to restaurants. Sales Manager, Lisa Feldman commented “We are more enthusiastic than ever about TorZo’s products. They have a stellar sustainability profile, interesting aesthetic, and the company continually innovates.” TorZo sheet goods are manufactured from agricultural by-products, such as sorghum straw and wheat, as well as recycled wood. Their proprietary acrylic infusion process transforms these sheets into hard and very durable surface material suitable for horizontal or vertical applications in both commercial and residential environments. TorZo will take part in the Design Expo at the AIA National Convention in Washington DC next month. Stop by their booth, #1808, and see their materials firsthand. Or, for more more information on TorZo, contact us.

TorZo Tiikeri

All In-Stock, Eco-Friendly Tile Now On Sale!

Take advantage of these huge discounts on in-stock tile while supplies last…

Eco-Gres Mosaics
Eco-Gres Mosaics 1″x1″ Recycled Porcelain Tile Now $5/SQFT!
Colors Available: Butternut, Chocolate, Havana Green, Pearl White, Silhouette

Eco-Gres Asia 1″x6″ Recycled Porcelain Tile Now $10.50/SQFT!
Colors Available: Aurora Beige, Babylon Grey, Belmont Black, Bergen Brown, Carmel Yellow, Waterloo White, Yonkers Grey

Eco-Terr 16″x16″ Recycled Terrazzo Tile Now $5.05/SQFT!
Colors Available: Bergamo Black, Coco Cream, Emperador Brown, Fontana White, Oyster White

Lavastone Volcanic Rock Tile, 18″x36″, Now $7.00/SQFT!
Color/Finish Available: Sierra Negra/Corduroy

Colors and quantities are limited, so please contact us for details and availability.
Sale while supplies last!

CaraGreen Partners With SurfaceSource to Represent Products in New England


CaraGreen is delighted to announce a new partnership with SurfaceSource who will bring Durat and Meld to architects, designers, and construction professionals in New England. SurfaceSource is an experienced team of six materials experts that exclusively represent manufacturers of eco-friendly surfaces, making the addition of Durat and Meld to their portfolio a natural choice. The team is highly knowledgeable about commercial finishes, their suitability for applications, true green attributes, and integration into design schemes. SurfaceSource provides architects and contractors full service product selection and specification services. 

SurfaceSource President Victoria Rickert, our Connecticut rep, is a Certified AIA CES and IDCEC Continuing Education Presenter and a CSI Construction Documents Technologist with more than 20 years construction industry experience including surface specification, fabrication and installation. Boston will be the first market that SurfaceSource rolls out CaraGreen’s products to, which is covered by the capable duo of Bill Blasek and Lisa Walters, LEED AP. To contact SurfaceSource for information on Durat or Meld, click here.