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Kirei USA Launches New Website

Posted on 17 November 2015 by cradmin

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Kirei USA recently launched its new website. The site features pages for the many different product offerings from Kirei. Separate sections for Kirei Board, Bamboo, Coco tiles and Echopanel Acoustics are highlighted. Each section provides product information, colors and styles available and links to download spec sheets and request samples. The new site also includes a gallery and “Look Book” sections where Kirei products can be viewed in a wide variety of applications.

You may also be interested in this article on tips for developing an engaging website for your countertop fabrication business.

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Surfaces and Sustainability in the Home

Posted on 29 November 2012 by CRadmin2


More and more people are choosing to go green and live as sustainable a life as possible, and one primary way to achieve this is to invest in a sustainable home. Maintaining a home includes many interconnected facets. How food and water is brought into the home can affect how sustainable it is. The transportation used to arrive and depart a home is also a factor. Energy and waste disposal are even more essential elements to sustainability, and a critical element includes all of the materials that make up the home, including kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces.

Sustainable Materials

A sustainable home must be built with sustainable materials. These materials have a lowor zero impact on the environment and are either renewable or made from recycled products. In addition, any coating or finishing on the materials must be organic, or at a minimum, water-based.

When it comes to the frame and walls of a home, sustainable materials include adobe, bamboo, rammed earth, straw bales and reclaimed brick, stone or metal. However, most of these materials do not make for decent countertops.

Some of the common sustainable materials used for kitchen countertops are as follows:

  • Recycled glass based materials – This is one of the most common materials used for green countertops. The recycled glass is mixed with concrete, resin or other solid surface materials, and it can comprise anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent of the total mass of the countertop as a whole. It may also be mixed with other sustainable materials such as fly ash, which is a byproduct of coal fuel.
  • Recycled paper – Recycled paper has become increasingly popular in recent years. The paper is mixed with a resin base and fabricated into slabs ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 inches in thickness. The resin base from at least one manufacturer is made from cashew shells. Although made of paper, these countertops are surprisingly heat and stain resistant.
  • End-grain bamboo – These chopping block type countertops are a type of plywood made from thin, rectangular pieces of bamboo. Bamboo is considered one of the best substitutes for wood because it grows much faster than trees. It is also relatively inexpensive and easy to handle.

The NSF is currently working on guidelines for a Product Category Rule (PCR) for sustainable residential countertops.

More Than Material

As a fabricator, you may think you are covered by simply offering one of the above materials to your eco-conscious clients. However, there is more to sustainability than the types of materials used. For some of your customers, the background of the materials and the facilities where they are fabricated are vitally important.

Many people seeking to build a sustainable home or make their current home eco-friendly will only use locally sourced materials. The transportation of materials from distant corners of the country or from other countries creates a large carbon footprint, and it is even larger for materials that are sourced from one location and manufactured in another before entering into the consumer market.

Another factor that may concern some customers is the sustainability of the fabricator. If you carry sustainable products but your building and processes are not green or LEED certified, then you may miss out on some sizable sales.

Ultimately, if you want a piece of the growning “green” market, you have to cater to that market on some level, and many of those that do, have found it to be well worth the effort.

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Teragren Bamboo Featured on Environmental Report with Terry Bradshaw

Posted on 13 September 2012 by cradmin

Teragren, a manufacturer of bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, will be featured across the country during the months of September and October on the television show, The Environmental Report hosted by former NFL Quarterback Terry Bradshaw. This popular television show airs nationwide on cable networks such as CNN Headline News and Fox Business Network. Terry Bradshaw is a champion of the sustainability field who gives his time to a number of charitable institutions such as Habitat for Humanity.

In The Environmental Report, Bradshaw introduces viewers to innovative companies and products that provide environmentally conscious alternatives for consumers in the marketplace today. The primary goal of the show is to spotlight those who are championing conservation efforts and to educate the public on protecting the environment. The Environmental Report has covered products and services in the sectors of renewable energy, water conservation, organics and air quality. Teragren Bamboo is honored that its products and company practices are included among such an elite field.

“We are very excited to work with Terry and The Environmental Report,” said Teragren President Mike Boshart. “They do a great job at distilling Teragren’s long standing environmental story and helping viewers in homes across the country understand how the way they spend their dollars impacts our global environment.” The news segment takes viewers to Zhejiang Province, China to see up close the bamboo forests of Anji where Teragren bamboo is grown – the same forests where Feature Film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was filmed.

The segment shows how Teragren bamboo is harvested by hand, thereby protecting the fragile root systems of surrounding plants. Viewers are taken inside Teragren’s factory and shown how the round bamboo culm is sustainably milled and manufactured into flat bamboo flooring and building products that are healthy for the planet and for the home.  The segment aired earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas. The next airing will be in Denver, Colo., on September 18. Additional airings will run throughout September and into October in Colorado, Washington D.C., and Washington state.

To find out about local listings in your area as they become available, visit http://theenviroreport.com/airings/. To watch the video, visit www.teragren.com/press.html.

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Teragren Announces Restructuring, New Hires

Posted on 01 July 2012 by cradmin

Teragren, manufacturer of environmentally-friendly bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, announced Caitlyn Kari was named marketing communications manager, and Bryan Ripka named Northwest regional sales manager. Kari is responsible for representing the Teragren brand with the public and building products industry. Ripka is responsible for representing all Teragren product categories in the Pacific Northwest.

Additionally, the company announced restructuring its sales division that places Vice President of Panel & Veneer Sales Paola Rutledge at the head of the Commercial Contract Division. Teragren’s Contract Division is designed to provide sustainable solutions to the architectural and design communities through product innovation and focused sales and customer service support. This refocus integrates sales representation for all Teragren product lines together under one roof, shifting Vice President of Flooring Division John Austin’s focus to the entire Teragren product line.

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