How is Bamboo Eco-Friendly?
Almost 1 million acres of forest vanish per week. While a 60-foot hardwood cut for market takes 60 years to replace, a 60-foot bamboo cut for market takes only 59 days to replace (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan). Bamboo also produces greater biomass – a renewable energy source – and 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size while helping to reduce carbon dioxide gases. Some bamboo sequesters up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. Bamboo roots also serve as a water barrier due to its widespread root system. Bamboo’s root system and large canopy greatly reduces rain runoff, preventing massive soil erosion and keeping twice as much water in a watershed. It also helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption. Bamboo can also be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so the topsoil is held in place. Bamboo’s dense litter on the forest floor feeds the topsoil, restoring healthy agricultural lands for generations to come.
Why Bamboo Flooring?
It’s hardwood flooring with the same sound and feel as traditional hardwoods, only much more eco-friendly: easy to clean, durable, and beautiful; harder than most hardwoods while more moisture and stain resistant; 10% to 50% less expensive than other hardwoods; expansion rate only 50% that of other hardwoods; can be installed over numerous types of subflooring, including concrete; and is naturally termite resistant. Our Bamboo floor manufacturers are selected for their strength, durability and their resistance to insects and moisture.
We carry and install:
Cali Bamboo flooring “Fossilized™” strand woven is twice the density of any other hardwood floor in the world with a score of 4000 to 5000+ on the Janka hardness test scale; High heel and pet safe; ultra low VOC with no added Urea Formaldehyde. Great for residential or commercial use. http://www.calibamboo.com/bambooflooring.html
Teragren bamboo averages 40 percent harder than red oak and 12 percent harder than North American maple Bamboo flooring. Teragren’s floors are FloorScore®-certified, which means they’ve all been tested for VOCs http://www.teragren.com/products_flooring.html
Green Choice Flooring NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association Approved), Contains 100% Rapidly Renewable resources from managed plantations. Green Choice Flooring products contain no added Urea Formaldehyde and independent laboratory testing confirms no VOC’s. http://www.greenchoiceflooring.com/OurProducts/StrandWovenBambooGreenChoiceFlooringMichi.aspx
US Floors GreenGuard Children & Schools Certified with manufacturing facilities operating in the United States. http://www.usfloorsllc.com/products/natural-bamboo-collection/
Mossu CE Marking & FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified. http://www.moso-bamboo.com/flooring
Eco Bamboo by Eco Timber http://ecotimber.com/product-collection?SKUGROUPID=306&viewKind=&