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Environmental benefits of Bamboo Flooring

There are many environmental benefits of bamboo flooring, and it can make a great addition to your home or property. I am sure you have heard the saying that 'bamboo flooring is the eco-friendly alternative to hardwood flooring' and here are the reasons why:

Bamboo grows fast

Bamboo is actually a grass, not a tree.  It can grow extremely fast, reaching maturity in just five years.  This is a huge difference to hardwood trees that generally take well over two decades to become mature.  Once the bamboo grass has reached maturity it can be harvested and then it continues to grow for future harvests.

 

Bamboo is sustainable

Because bamboo is a grass, the root can re-generate after the crop has been harvested.  This means that the bamboo will continue to grow ready for another harvest in a few years’ time.  The sustainability of bamboo eliminates the need for re-planting, which saves time and energy.

Bamboo forest looking into sky

Bamboo is harvested by hand

The bamboo forests are carefully harvested by hand so that the roots are not damaged.  This contributes to the environmental benefits as there is no need for machines to be used.  Consequently, the surrounding areas are preserved and not damaged in any way, allowing animals and nature to thrive.

 

Bamboo grows naturally

Bamboo grows abundantly in its native environment.  If the conditions are correct the bamboo does not need any chemicals, fertiliser, pesticides or irrigation system to help it to thrive. Another great environmental benefit of bamboo is that it produces over 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of the same size.

 

Guaranteeing your bamboo flooring is environmentally friendly

Bamboo flooring is relatively easy to get hold of now that it has become more and more popular.  The best way to check that the bamboo that you are purchasing is truly environmentally friendly is to look for the FSC logo.  The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a global organisation that monitors and promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests.  To gain FSC accreditation every business involved in the chain of production (farmer, forest owner, manufacturer and retailer) must share the same ethical values. To find out more about FSC, have a look at our blog article: What is FSC certified Bamboo Flooring?

 

Quick Guide: Environmental Benefits of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo grows much faster than hardwood trees so can be harvested more often without any detrimental effects to the environment.

  • Bamboo is a grass so the root self re-generates. This means that there is no need for replanting after the harvest. The bamboo will just continue to grow again and again.
  • The bamboo forests are harvested by hand eliminating the use of heavy machinery.
  • Bamboo produces an amazing 30% more oxygen than hardwood forests.
  • The bamboo crops grow naturally and quickly in their native environment. This means that they do not need fertiliser or an irrigation system.
  • Check for the FSC logo so that you know you are getting a truly eco-friendly bamboo floor.

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