CaraGreen Welcomes Texas Representative Fenson Associates

We are pleased to announce that we have a new representative for Durat and Meld sustainable surfaces in the Houston, San Antonio and Austin markets, Fenson Associates. Owner, Susan Fenson, has over twenty-two years of experience in the contract furnishings industry, with eleven years as a Senior Architecture and Design Representative for Teknion and eleven years as an Account Manager for Steelcase, Haworth and Kimball dealers.

With Fenson Associates, Susan ensures that her clients have a wide array of design driven, sustainable, innovative and flexible product solutions for today's changing workplace. She consults with designers and architects on corporate, education, hospitality, healthcare and government projects.

Susan is a LEED AP and has participated on numerous LEED projects. She partners with manufacturers who are committed to protecting the environment and following DfE practices. Susan is a member of IIDA, NEWH, USGBC and a supporter of the City of Houston’s Green Resource Center. She has a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas, Austin. If you’re in the Houston, San Antonio, or Austin area and would like more information on Durat or Meld products, please contact Fenson Associates.

Susan Fenson

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Follow CaraGreen on Pinterest!

Now you can keep up with the latest creative uses of CaraGreen products via pinterest. You'll find exciting projects from across the globe and web. Follow us!

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CaraGreen Adds Oceanside Glasstile to Product Portfolio

CaraGreen has a new addition to our eco-friendly product portfolio, Oceanside Glasstile. Oceanside tile is made from recycled glass from both pre- and post-consumer sources. Recycled content varies by color, but most have between 30% and 70% recycled content, though it goes as high as 97%. Oceanside recycles over two million pounds of post-consumer bottle glass each year in manufacturing. And, they implemented a co-processing partnership to almost completely eliminate their manufacturing waste from going to a landfill. They are committed to ongoing process advancements and environmental stewardship.

Oceanside Glasstile is a handcrafted artisan product that comes in a range of sizes, from small mosaics to generous rectangular and square tiles. Many specialty shapes, decorative pieces, and trim pieces are available. And, Oceanside Glasstile is available in every hue of the rainbow and comes in iridescent, non-iridescent, and matte finishes. Oceanside Glasstile can be used for walls, showers, countertops, and some floor applications. For more information on Oceanside Glasstile, contact CaraGreen.

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CaraGreen Welcomes New York Representative, Diane Zabiela

Diane Zabiela, of Ethos Sustainable Finishes, will now represent Durat and Meld in the New York market. Diane is a seasoned interior designer with an extensive career in commercial and residential design in both the domestic and international arena. Educated in New York City, she practiced her trade there for many years and more recently in the Philadelphia area. Diane has been passionate about environmental issues from early on in her academic education and throughout her professional career. She has been an advocate for incorporating sustainable building materials in projects. And, now she will segue into representing these products to the A&D community. If you're in New York and would like more information on Durat or Meld, please contact Diane.

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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!

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