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Bamboo Flooring Environmental Benefits

Bamboo is recognized as the fastest growing plant on earth. On average, bamboo is capable of reaching maturity and is ready to harvest in five to seven years, reaching heights well over 50 (fifty) feet tall. Moreover, since bamboo is a grass, it is harvested again and again from the same stalk. Typical trees used for hardwood flooring grow to maturity in thirty to fifty years and must be replanted every time. Very little or no pesticides are used in the harvesting of bamboo and much of the harvesting is done by hand, not heavy machinery. When purchasing bamboo flooring, it is important to question the source to ensure quality and commitment to the environment. Read below for more environmental benefits of bamboo and tips when looking for a supplier.

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Bamboo grows faster and is better for the environment than trees: 

It produces greater biomass and 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest on the same area, while improving watersheds, preventing erosion, restoring soil, and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Bamboo sequesters up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare, which means it refreshes the air we breathe. Harvested every 5-7 years bamboo can yield 20 times more timber than trees within the same amount of land. Bamboo can be selectively harvested annually and regenerates without replanting. 

Tip: Make sure your source supplies bamboo flooring that has been grow to recommended maturity of 5-7 years. Bamboo is weaker before 5 years and brittle after 7 causing your flooring to be of lesser quality. 

Bamboo can restore degraded lands: 

It is a pioneering plant and can be grown in soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agriculture. Proper harvesting does not kill the bamboo plant, so topsoil is held in place. Because of its dense litter on the forest floor it feeds topsoil, restoring healthy agricultural lands for generations to come. Also, bamboo growing requires minimal fertilization or pesticides.
 

Bamboo Flooring is part of a healthy home: 

When it comes to flooring, there are only a few eco-friendly options. Bamboo flooring is becoming so popular because it promotes a healthy environment, both outside in the world and inside your home. According to the U.S. EPA, Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors. Therefore, evaluating how products impact IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) is necessary. These impacts may include emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and/or formaldehyde. Several factors should be considered when looking at the IEQ impacts of a material. For example, these may include ventilation rates of the space applied, decay rates for volatile components, and the overall emissions from other components. VOC stands for "volatile organic compounds", which are chemical compound particles that get vaporized into the air through normal conditions and can be dangerous to our health. Hydrocarbons and additives in adhesives or solvents like formaldehyde are VOC. At this time, little data is available relative to the emissions of VOC from bamboo flooring material. Low VOC products are recommended. Bamboo products should, at minimum, meet the strict European E1 standards for indoor air quality. Some bamboo flooring products are manufactured using formaldehyde-based adhesives, and formaldehyde emissions vary from brand to brand. Some brands claim the use of formaldehyde-free glues and finishes.