Kirei makes wood substitute products that are lightweight, durable and best of all, many are made from the waste leftover after annual food crops are harvested and that would otherwise end up in landfill. Kirei produces all their products using “no formaldehyde-added” adhesives. Finally, design is an important factor in the products’ appeal, all the products are sleek and contemporary.
Kirei board is a mixture of leftover sorghum stalks (waste after the food source is harvested), and a no-formaldehyde adhesive is used. Sorghum is a primary food crop in Africa, normally the stalks are waste material that would otherwise end up in landfill or be burnt. Kireiboard has a modern sensibility which makes it perfect for a contemporary home. It can be used for cabinetry, architectural millwork or wall paneling.
Kirei wheatboard is used as you would use medium density fiberboard (MDF) for example as closet shelving or kitchen cupboards. There are three advantages to wheatboard over traditional MDF:
- it uses the waste from a food crop (wheat stalks after the food kernels have been harvested),
- it is rapidly renewable as it is grown annually,
- the adhesive and glues used to make the board are “no formaldehyde added” making the wheatboard a “low-VOC” product.
Wheatboard is suitable for many different purposes from shelving to cabinetry to architectural millwork.
Kirei Coco tile is a decorative tile used as wall paneling, and for other decorative uses and bring a tropical feeling into your home. Coconut shells, which are normally burned or thrown into landfill are turned into tiles. There are two available sizes: 11.8″x11.8″ or 42.7″x42.7″. The finished coconut fiber product is attached to an FSC-certified wood backing using low or no-VOC glues and adhesives. There are several varieties available, see the website for full product details.
Kirei products are available in Toronto through Octopus Products Ltd.