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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Domestic squabble? You would not mind spending the night in this dog house! Designed by D2 Architecture in Dallas, 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. The entries of the competition we auctioned off after its completion, with all proceeds benefiting the local animal shelter, making this competition a winner in our book!

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Another important example of green materials bettering a community can be found locally in Raleigh, NC, specifically at Reedy Creek Elementary School. In an effort to join the world-wide anti-bullying campaign, Buddy Benches for this installation were created out of Durat to give kids a safe place to sit when they are being bullied or looking for a friend or playmate. Kids see their peers sitting on the bench and are encouraged to go up and make a new friend. This encourages community between students and we couldn't be happier to bring sustainable materials into this realm of social sustainablity. 

Have other ideas where sustainable materials can make a difference in your community? Share with us!

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