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Forest Stewardship Council

  • Is bamboo a sustainable material for flooring?

    Where does Bamboo come from?

    Bamboo is a rapid growing grass that is native to China. It grows extremely quickly and reaches maturity in around five years, compared to hardwood trees that can take over two decades to reach maturity. Bamboo has self re-generating properties which mean that once it has been cut, it does not need to be replaced as it will continue to grow from the root. The rapid growth and regenerating properties of bamboo are making it a popular alternative to hardwood as a material for flooring because of its eco-friendliness and sustainability. Continue reading

  • What is FSC certified bamboo flooring?

    To make sure that the bamboo flooring you purchase is truly environmentally friendly and not adding to the destruction of any forests, the company selling the flooring should have a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate. The FSC is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. They were established in 1994 and aim to address the exploitation and mismanagement of forests, whilst promoting the social biodiversity and ecological value of them through long term forestry management plans. Continue reading

  • How eco-friendly is bamboo flooring?

    Bamboo flooring is becoming a popular and attractive alternative to hardwood flooring because of its cost, durability and eco-friendly properties. Bamboo is a regenerating grass so it grows much faster than hardwood trees, making it more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Flooring made from bamboo is a dimensionally stable product, meaning that it reacts to fluctuating temperature and humidity, so can be used with underfloor heating and floated over an underlay. Bamboo flooring is available in a variety of grains, patterns, colours and finishes at a very reasonable price compared to some hardwood flooring. Continue reading

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