November Vignette - Metro AF

Products from top to bottom:

Benjamin Moore - Metropolitan AF-690
Durat - 031
PaperStone - Slate
Kirei - EchoPanel Geometry Tiles, Penta, 551
HBF Textiles - Lava Rock, White Hot, 993-10
Wonderwall Studios - Parker
HBF Textiles - Merci Boucle, Fleur, 955-40

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Where Have All The Colors Gone?

We told you the color of the year was…drumroll…grey? How exciting! Grey! Everyone loves grey: 50 shades of grey, marble with grey veining, blah blah blah. Well, what if you want color? I'm talking about eye-popping, jazz me up, get me out of bed in the morning, make me love my job, color. Feed me more, rev me up, make me run an extra mile, color. Most building materials jumped on the Greyhound bus and haven’t gotten off yet, but we have colorful suggestions to offer: Durat Solid Surface, in 70 vibrant colors; Koskisen, a superior grade Finnish plywood with integral color faced wood grains; reSAWN Charred Timber, in orange, pink, green, red, and blue; Kirei EchoPanel, acoustical treatments - baffles, cloud shapes, stars, and sheets - available in brilliant colors. These brands have doubled down on color and gone against the grey'n.

For samples of something that really invites creativity with color, email us your request at info@caragreen.com

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Legislation Thwarts Quartz - Sinter is Coming

GOT jokes?

This is actually no joke. The saga continues for the quartz industry, as more legislation on anti-dumping rains down on the quartz industry. A November 14th ruling on anti-dumping tariffs resulting from the Cambria lawsuit means another 300+% tariff on top of the countervailing and government trade war tariffs that are already in place on quartz surfaces. You can read more about it on our blog or hear more about it on our podcast.

Hello, haven’t we been telling you about Lapitec sintered stone? Better than quartz. Better than granite. Man-made metamorphic rock? Stain, etch, scratch, graffiti, and bacteria resistant? Ringing any bells amidst the quartz conundrum? If you are not certified in sintered stone, you should move now. The industry is shifting. For a limited time, we are providing free displays to fabricators looking to get into sintered stone. Lapitec displays can be ordered free of charge by emailing lapitec@caragreen.com

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This Color is Metro AF

Hello hipsters, millennials, whatevers! We carry Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019 - Metropolitan AF, a neutral warm grey that goes with pretty much anything. We have been busy pairing the color up with some of our favorite surfaces to create some stylish vignettes that bridge subtlety with sexy AF (see our vignette below!). Metropolitan city dwellers, suburban socialites, and mountaintop men alike will all be well served by this bi-partisan color that arrives in the form of Lapitec, Durat, Koskisen, and PaperStone surfaces for furnishing, tables, counters and cabinetry.

To get samples of our Metro AF look-alikes, email us at info@caragreen.com

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Thank You For Coming

Thanks to all who have read, listened to, and commented on our podcasts & blogs. We are working really hard to stoke the industry conversation and to put our products up for debate in the broader industry context. We invite your critique and input and will continue to pry open the cans of worms and fan the flames in an effort to push building products to the next level of thought leadership.

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October Vignette - Southern Season

Products from top to bottom:

reSAWN Timber - Cladding, Black & Tan
Lapitec - Lux, Sahara
IceStone - Gotham Grey
PaperStone - Leather
Durat - 430 & 110

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Local-motive

With all the tariffs and duties being smacked onto building materials, the case for buying products made in the USA is even stronger. IceStone countertops are made in Brooklyn; Durat solid surface and sinks are made in Georgia; PaperStone is made in Washington; Beautiful, economical solutions exist right here, right now. And with China no longer accepting our recycled material, we need local products made with our own recycled materials. IceStone recycled glass, Durat recycled plastics, and PaperStone recycled paper all keep waste out of the landfill and create stunning surfaces.

For samples of these sustainable quartz alternatives, email us at info@caragreen.com

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Sintered Stone in a Velvet Finish

Lapitec just added its sexy new velvet finish to its sintered stone line. Already owning the quartz quandary as the industry scrambles for a solution to the oft-tariffed quartz, Lapitec continues to present new colors and finishes as it elbows quartz out of the way, becoming the go-to surface for those looking for a durable indoor or outdoor surface that is modern, clean, and cleanable.

For samples or to become certified email kim@caragreen.com

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Distributors DON’T DO Podcasts!

But, we do! Check out our new podcast Build Green | Live Green, now live on iTunes and Soundcloud. ​Discover how you can "green" your life by building a knowledge base of current sustainable and eco-savvy trends. We research and expand upon relevant industry topics like Biophilic Design, Biomimicry and WELL Building as well as topical news like Quartz tariffs and China’s recycling ban.  

Have a topic you want us to cover? Email alyssa@caragreen.com

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September Vignette - Blushing Foliage

Products from top to bottom:

Durat - 228
Lapitec - Lux, Porfido Rosso
Lapitec - Lux, Sahara
reSAWN Timber - Shou Sugi Ban, Doro
PaperStone - Cladding, Ash

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