Get Back to Your Roots at Bida Manda

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Bida Manda, which means father and mother in Sanskrit, is a new Laotian restaurant in Raleigh, NC. Owners, brother and sister Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha, named the restaurant to honor their parents in Laos who instilled in them the belief of nurturing relationships through food. Interestingly, through the process of building their restaurant they also nurtured relationships with friends and the local community who came together to help create twig walls made from branches provided by CaraGreen and Bark House.

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It All Comes Out in the Wash

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For the last decade, companies have been clamoring to get their products tagged with some sort of label or declaration that classifies them as “green.” This certificate, sticker, logo, or claim would absolve them of any responsibility in explaining why their product was either beneficial to, or less detrimental to, the environment, because people would just “know” it was green because some certifying body, or pay-to-play entity said it was so. This is completely maligned with what the intent of green building was at the outset and has completely derailed the green initiative in so many ways.

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Greening the Community

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Sustainable materials- not just in regards to material composition! Some recent projects have been completed showing how products we offer can be used to further the social sustainability of local communities.

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Remodeling on a Budget

Not everyone has $50,000 to spend on a kitchen remodel. How can you update your kitchen without spending a fortune? Close collaboration with your contractor and savvy choices in surfacing materials and finishes can result in a beautiful upfit without costing a fortune.

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Spiced Chai

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Feeling warm and earthy today? So are we! Check out these materials to channel that into some nature-inspiring biophilic design.

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Biophilia - What is it?

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Biophilia? No, it is not some nefarious relationship with plants. Well, not entirely. This hot new design trend is not some “look” or color scheme, it’s a set of design techniques that put people before profits in building construction. While some people are quick to put biophilic design in the category of “another green building standard,” it is absolutely not.

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On the Hunt for Inspiration?

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Looking for ideas for a sustainable and successful space? We recently visited the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NCSU to see Durat vanities that CaraGreen provided for the bathrooms. The building is the work of two architecture firms: Pearce, Brinkley, Cease + Lee (now part of Clark Nexsen) and Snøhetta. This library, famous beyond even its local community, is designed to be sustainable (met requirements for LEED Silver), technologically advanced, and to foster collaboration.

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Who We Are

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We are a team of trailblazers in the world of material distribution.  Traditionally, distributors stock products and turn them over, selling to their channel reactively as demand occurs.  We do not.

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Remodeling for 35- and Unders

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Apartment complex and condo unit owners struggle to find ways to cater to the generation of 35- and unders that can’t quite afford to buy, but want to rent something in line with their ideals that is not a baseline apartment. How do you differentiate? What do they care about that you can incorporate into your renovation?

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Tough Exterior

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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. Cladding, whether interior or exterior, is suitable for sprucing up vertical surfaces and adding a touch of wood, stone, or other evocative texture. 

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