Recycled Millwork Panels Achieve a Unique Eco-Friendly Style
- Mar 12, 2013
San Diego, Calif.—A new panel collection from Kirei embodies the old adage that “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.” The finger-jointed millwork panels are built using falloff from flooring or casework manufacturing and waste wood from beetle-killed pine trees. The resulting Pacific Coastal Collection turns industrial waste components into a new eco-friendly interior design tool perfect for paneling, casework, tables, front desk fixtures and general residential design.
To make the collection, discarded redwood falloff pieces are planed to shape and bonded with zero-VOC resin technology in a traditional finger-jointed style. This creates unique patterned panels with a mix of deep red and heartwood and lighter colored sapwood.
Even more unique than the redwood panels is Kirei’s use of pine. First a bit of background. Pine forests in North America are being devastated by the bark beetle. Cold successive winters used to be enough to keep the insect population in check, but climate change and warmer winters have led to massive outbreaks. The standard operating procedure for areas impacted by the bark beetle is to knock down the infested trees. Most of those trees are harvested for millwork, but the wood that has been turned blue by the beetles is typically discarded. Kirei now collects this grayish-blue material which displays the worm-like borings of the beetles.
Both types of panels are manufactured in South California. Sizing is available in 4’ x 8’ ¾” and 1’ x 8’ ¼”. Custom stains and finish options are also available. The recycled material can achieve the following LEED credits: Recyled Content (Redwood only), Low-emitting material, Eco-Bind NAUF Resin, 600 Mile Credit and Regional Material Credit (obviously depending on the region).
For more information on Pacific Coastal Collection, be sure to visit Kirei’s website.