The Ecological Benefits
of Bamboo Flooring
Forests are disappearing at
a rate of almost 1 million acres each week. This staggering speed of deforestation is forcing many world lumber companies
and governments to rethink their manufacturing policies and business practices. A 70-75 foot tree that is cut for lumber can
take up to 65 years to replace. Bamboo, on the other hand, is considered the world's fastest growing plant and can be
replaced in less than three months. Some species of bamboo can grow 3 feet per day.
There is a high consumer demand for green products that are environmentally friendly, durable, affordable and attractive.
When given the choice of using high quality, ecologically friendly building materials over traditional products, consumers
are overwhelmingly choosing products of a sustainable and environmentally conscious variety.
In general, the public is becoming more and more aware of the rapid decrease and reduction of hardwood forests and
the threat that deforestation can pose to a delicate ecosystem. Bamboo flooring is a great choice for those who wish to not
contribute to destruction of such an integral part of our global ecology. It is termite, rot and moisture resistant and functions
as a top-notch flooring material.
There are many types of bamboo
flooring available for to suit each homeowner's unique style. Distressed bamboo floors have an antique look. Strand woven
bamboo has a hybrid grain between wood and bamboo and is extra resilient. Laminate bamboo flooring is ideal for rooms with
varying humidity, like a basement.
A bamboo field can produce
up to 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of similar size, while removing toxins from the soil and preventing erosion.
It also helps reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Because bamboo is a type of
grass, it can regenerate itself without replanting after harvesting. Since it is the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo
is quickly becoming a popular source for efficient and sustainable building materials.
Bamboo has a wide root system, making it a natural water control blockade. It reduces rain runoff, thereby preventing
erosion. Bamboo can store water within its shoots and, because of its nitrogen consumption, can prevent water pollution. Often
times, bamboo will be grown near wastewater from livestock farms and sewage treatment facilities because of its cleansing
and detoxifying properties.
Traditional hardwood forest lumber
such as maple, birch and oak take almost 50 years to be renewed. That, in turn, causes less oxygen to be produced, less greenhouse
gases to be consumed, and more erosion and runoff in the cleared land. Instead of depleting our natural resources and contributing
to a failing ecosystem, choose bamboo. It is the logical and environmentally friendly choice for flooring in a modern home.