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July Newsletter 2021 From Stone Age to Space Age

Avant it All. Avant it now. Durat Recycled Solid Surfaces has introduced four new colors in the Durat Palace collection. The new quartet is named “Avant Terra” reflecting the earthy tones and terrazzo aesthetic.  Durat is made from recycled plastics…

January 2021 Newsletter

Material Matters BYE 2020 Out With The Old, In With The Blue   Blue /blo͞o/ (of a woman) : Learned, Intellectual We have added four new members to our CaraGreen staff! Teal is our new Strategic Marketing Manager. She has extensive…

CaraGreen Showcases its Samples Studio, an Engaging Experience for Architects, Builders and Designers at GreenBuild 2019

RALEIGH, NC, November 15, 2019 – CaraGreen, the trusted source for healthy building materials, today announced its participation at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, showcasing its “Samples Studio” on November 20-21, 2019, an experiential booth where conference attendees can see, feel and learn the brand story of the sample materials of their choice. Greenbuild, the largest green building conference and expo in the world, features four days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, keynote events, and a robust expo floor.

Between The Sheets With PaperStone

With tariff-free, healthy materials in higher demand than ever, PaperStone is one of our favorite domestic surfacing alternatives. Last month, we visited the PaperStone headquarters in Hoquiam, WA, and got to see exactly what goes on between the sheets of this recycled…

May Vignette – Scandi-ly Clad For Summer

Inspired by the burgeoning hues of the season, we decided to base this month's vignette on some of our favorite summery shades in the Durat Scandicolor Collection. Products from bottom to top: Torzo – Natural Kirei – Coco Tiles, Java Collection, Losari…

Granite Graduates With A Degree In Obsolescence

THE new acronym in kitchen design – customers are asking for A.B.G. – Anything But Granite.   This article on realtor.com highlights this movement away from granite and features PaperStone, one of the most versatile options on the market for those looking to breach the granite…

Good Bedside Manner

PaperStone is as versatile as they come. Kitchen island? Duh. Outdoor kitchen? Sure. Modular bench? Sign us up! When woodworker and artist, Michael Alm, came to us with his plans to build a nightstand out of PaperStone CoverPly (after building this amazing record cabinet out of PaperStone)…

January Vignette – I Want Scandi

Products from bottom to top: Barkhouse – White Birch Lapitec – Lux, Sahara Lapitec – Lux, Grigio Cemento PaperStone – Slate  Koskisen – Eco Transparent Plywood, White 9001 Durat – 221  IceStone – Sky Pearl

Quartz Quandary

We have pitted multiple of our surfaces against quartz surfaces over the years, but many were caught off guard when Cambria filed a lawsuit against Chinese suppliers, ultimately securing a ruling that quadrupled the price of Chinese quartz in the US. This will impact many suppliers and projects. We continue to post about this on our blog and in our podcast series so you can stay informed. Products like PaperStone and IceStone are great alternatives, proven, and always made in the USA.

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