• How to Clean a Copper Sink

    Maestro Sonata Petit

    People often ask us about copper sink care. Whether you own a Native Trails copper kitchen sink, copper bathroom sink, or custom sink, you'll find it is amazingly easy to maintain! Hammered copper is particularly simple Continue reading

  • My Enriching Path to Native Trails

    Naomi Neilson Howard, Founder, and CEO

    Founder and CEO, Naomi Neilson Howard, in Vietnam Naomi Neilson Howard, in Vietnam

    When I think back to how Native Trails and my own passion for what I do got started, I recall traveling to central Mexico with my family as a child and visiting my favorite places – the village markets; a treasure trove of incredible traditional crafts. I loved all of the unique and handmade pieces and began to dream about how the lives of those talented artisans might change if there was a way to bring their beautiful work to my country and to a larger market where it would touch many more lives and be more valued.

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  • Why Copper Turns Green

    And Why Your Copper Sink Won’t

    Maestro Petit Copper Sink, Antique finish Maestro Sonata Petit hammered copper sink in Antique.

    People often ask us if copper sinks turn green. The short answer is “nope!” Copper is a living metal, meaning it has a wonderful capacity to protect itself from the elements, called a patina.

    Time and continuous contact with trace minerals left by water are what cause copper to turn green - it is protecting itself from the minerals and possible corrosion.

    Customers often ask us how to clean their sink. Maintenance is as easy as wiping it down with soap and water and drying it off occasionally. The patina process has already started with the antique finish, and to some degree, with the tempered finish. Your copper sink, like a frequently-used penny, will continue to patina over time and become visually richer and more beautiful Continue reading

  • Four Indispensable Eco-Friendly Materials for the Bath

    Americana Vanity Suite Americana Vanity Suite
     

    The bathroom is where we start and end our day. It’s where we care for ourselves – brushing our teeth, washing our bodies. It’s often a space in which we choose to relax Continue reading

  • What is a Copper Patina or Living Finish?

     

    Pennies, new and with patina, on Tempered copper. Pennies, new and with patina, on Tempered copper.

    Copper is a living metal that reacts to its environment, creating a naturally protective coating, or patina. When copper comes in contact with the oxygen in the air and trace minerals left behind by water, the surface of the copper naturally combines with these elements to create a thin protective coating that is the patina. Copper’s patina gradually becomes richer and darker, creating a lustrous finish with rich veins of color and depth.  It is a common misconception that all copper turns green after a time; with normal use and minimal care, copper will not turn green.

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  • Why should I care if a product is UPC™/cUPC™ Listed?

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    The Uniform Plumbing Code™ (UPC™) and Canadian Uniform Plumbing Code™ (cUPC™) are designated as the American and Canadian national standards, respectively. These codes are designed to provide consumers with safe and sanitary plumbing systems. Commercial construction projects, as well as many residential construction projects, normally require specified products to be certified.

    Native Trails sinks and bathtubs are UPC/cUPC certified, facilitating their use in all types of projects.

     
     
     

  • Giving Back through Community Trails

    Native Trails employees participate in the 29th Annual California Coastal CleanupNative Trails employees participate in the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup

     

    At Native Trails, one of our primary goals is to make a positive impact in our global community. That's why we built Community Trails, our company-wide program through which we support (and enable our staff to support) nonprofit organizations by volunteering time or donating resources.

    A few of our Community Trails initiatives

    Donation Match: For every dollar our employee donates to approved nonprofits, we provide a dollar-for-dollar match, doubling the impact of their generosity.

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  • Americana Collection Celebrates American Artistry

     

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    March 13, 2013

    Celebrate American Artistry and Innovation with Bath Furniture + Accessories Using Sustainable, Re-Purposed Materials

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Luxury sustainable kitchen and bath mainstay, Native Trails, furthers its commitment to the environment and to supporting talented American artisans  Continue reading

  • Two New Sleek Bar Sinks for Upscale Entertaining

     

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    March 4, 2013

    Upscale, Eco-Friendly Collections For Entertaining With Sleek + Chic Mojito and Manhattan Bar Sinks

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Luxury kitchen and bath mainstay Native Trails is causing a stir by introducing the Mojito, and Manhattan copper bar sinks. These notable additions Continue reading

  • New Options in Hand Hammered Mirrors

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    October 1, 2012

    Distinction for the Bath and Home Showcasing Hammered Aluminum’s Unique Beauty

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, the leading brand offering sustainable, artisan-crafted fixtures and furnishings for the home, is extending the range of its signature, hammered Continue reading

  • Maestro Collection Lavatory Sinks Available in Antique Finish

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    August 14, 2012  

    Native Trails Announces Expansion of Finishes in Maestro Collection of Lavatory Basins Artisan Made, Sustainable Brand Showcases Recycled Copper’s Transformation.

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, the leading brand offering sustainable copper pieces, giving end-users more selectionsthan ever before. Continuing to expand its product offerings, Native Trails is making its Antique finish available for the first time in the complete Maestro Collection of lavatory basins. Continue reading

  • Hand-Hammered Copper for the Kitchen

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    April 24, 2012

    Native Trails Exudes Enduring, Sustainable Beauty of Hand-Hammered Copper to the Kitchen, Appealing to Both Modernist and Old World Aficionados

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Native Trails, a leader in artisan-crafted, eco-conscious furnishings and fixtures for high-end kitchen and bath design, has created an array of hand-hammered copper kitchen sink styles Continue reading

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