Kirei - Sustainable Substitutes for Wood
Written By: Ricky Mak from buildaroo.com
Carmen interviewed John, founder of Kirei, at Dwell on Design. Kirei had four products being showcased at their booth. The first product John spoke with us about was Kirei board. Kirei Board is a strong, lightweight, durable, environmentally friendly substitute for wood - usable in furniture, cabinetry, casework, and interior design elements. It is made from the stalks or leftover straws of the sorghum plant. Like wheat, sorghum is grown for food, so after harvest its stalks are commonly burned or tossed into landfills. Kirei board hence reduces waste and sequesters carbon dioxide that would otherwise be derived from burning. So as John states, Kirei "turning trash into treasure!" In addition, the adhesive in Kirei board has no added urea formaldehyde. Kirei board qualifies for LEED credits for rapidly renewable resource, recycled content, and indoor air quality (a non-formaldehyde binder is used). Kirei is also a carbon neutral product according to the California Resource Board.
In addition to the Kirei board, John's booth also featured Kirei's other products including bamboo panels, wheat-boards, and their soon-to-arrive coco tiles - tiles derived from coconut shells leftover from harvest. Tiles from coconut shells! That's pretty cool! Check out Kirei and look through this site for more videos of sustainable companies and products.