The March 2007 issue of California Home + Design is a "green" themed one, and has a feature on San Diego based entrepreneur John Stein. Stein is the man behind "Kirei", which is a recycled material that is quickly growing in popularity. "Kirei", (pronounced "key-ray", which means "clean and beautiful" in Japanese) is made of leftover stalks of sorghum, which is grown for food in China- and is put through a special process that yields an eco-friendly engineered wood-like product.
The article explains that Stein left a career in advertising/marketing and decided to pursue something more eco-friendly. He was introduced to the material through a Japanese friend, and saw the potential. His company markets and distributes the product. He's currently finding new uses for the product, including developing a home furnishings line, and introducing 12x12 prefinished Kirei tiles. Kirei can be used for a number of things including walls, ceilings, floors, cabinets, doors, and tabletops. Find out more info about Kirei here, and definitely check out the entire article in the latest California Home+Design. Image from Californai Home+Design