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Casa Verde: Why Bamboo Is Better

Thought it's fast becoming an eco-friendly alternative to wood, bamboo is actually a grass that grows like a weed — in some cases, about two feet a day, but typically, about 30 feet a year. The sustainable material is showing up in everything from bowls and serving pieces to fabric and furniture, like this stunning Georgie Coffee Table. It's even moving into building materials, such as bamboo flooring.

Not only are the goods chic and clean-looking, but they're also guilt free, since bamboo is so easily replenished. According to Totally Bamboo, the plant is harvestable when it grows to about 60 feet, which takes just three to five years. Also, because it's a very hard wood, bamboo is incredibly durable. I especially love my bamboo cutting board, which looks good as new despite years of use.

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