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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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haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
they're beautiful but how come stylish bamboo furniture has to be so expensive?? is it just me? i mean, i wouldn't mind an all bamboo living room but i'm still looking for a good online website that has the type of furniture i want that fits my taste
ggianella ggianella 9 years
I heard that bamboo is a softer wood, but for the look and price it's wonderful! I want to install it in my house one day...
Equita Equita 9 years
We installed bamboo floors in our boutique about one year ago and they still look amazing. To prevent scratching we put padded sliders on the bottom of all heavy furniture. Care is easy, we found that mopping with a vinegar/water solution is the best. Cork is another beautiful flooring alternative.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
here's some info: Bamboo is Sustainable Bamboo plays an important role in the reduction of timber consumption, environmental and forest protection, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development of rural economies. It is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degraded lands and releases 35% more oxygen than equivalent timber stands. Bamboo is Renewable Bamboo is a highly renewable material. It is one of the earth's fastest growing plants. Bamboo needs no replanting, grows without fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested from controlled stands with an astounding growth cycle of three to five years. Bamboo is not a wood, but a species of grass. There are more than 1200 species of bamboo in the world. Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) is our preferred species for its versatility, renewability and beauty. Importantly, Moso bamboo is not a species consumed by the panda. Bamboo offers vital economic and ecological benefits to the lives of millions of people worldwide; providing food, fuel, housing, furniture, artisan products, and soil and water conservation.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I love bamboo floors, but they apparently wear terribly! I was saddened to learn from my friends who have the flooring that it sort of separates and becomes destroyed after a year or so, even though it was of very good quality. They're getting a refund, and supposedly so are others.
charlesmaris charlesmaris 9 years
It's absolutely beautiful, and I love my bamboo cutting board, but I think when it's used in building materials, it is WAAAY to treated with toxic chemicals to be of any (eco) beneficial use. anyone know? Anyone?
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I like the sustainability of bamboo, BUT I heard a disturbing thing on the radio. It's not being managed in a sustainable way. The popularity of bamboo has made some people clear cut natural forests to grow the profitable bamboo. I was horrified.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
fantastic casa verde post as always! bamboo is my favorite furniture material - its so nice and hard and smooth, plus very durable! if price is an issue, IKEA has tons of bamboo stuff and even flooring: *if that link doesn't work go to IKEA's site and search for KVIST flooring. it comes in 2 colors and is so beautiful! good to know Recommended for all rooms in the home except high humidity areas. Can be resanded 1-2 times. When laying floors, always use NIVÅ floor lining (sold separately). When laying floors on concrete, complement with SPÄRRA plastic sheeting. Can be laid on existing floors, except on thick wall-to-wall carpeting. May be completed with skirting boards; available in the same expressions as the floor. care instructions Vacuum clean. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Linny Linny 9 years
jenintx...... bamboo is really hard, so I don't think it will scratch
designergirl designergirl 9 years
That coffee table is so gorgeous. Too bad that it's expensive (I assume that it is because ther is no price listed), because It would be perfect in my living room. Oh and the two feet a day is definitely true. I have bamboo in my yard, and it just grows in a couple of hours if its rainy in the spring. It drives me crazy trying to keep it from taking over!
annyshears1959 annyshears1959 9 years
i love the look of bamboo. and its Eco friendly
jenintx jenintx 9 years
i've been considering doing bamboo floors in my house. i've heard that hardwood will scratch up easily with pets (i have a massive dog who stays indoors at night), but does anyone know if bamboo does?
SweetE SweetE 9 years
I'm all about putting in bamboo is really reasonable and much better more, I'm tired of everyone having Brazilian cherry floors...yawn.
alynch9 alynch9 9 years
I love bamboo, and I really like that coffee table!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I really want bamboo flooring at our house, I think that may happen next year. I love that it's earth friendly as well as affortable. At the Costco Home Store it was $1.99 a square foot.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
My sentiments exactly workofiction, bamboo ROCKS!
shulvrkrp shulvrkrp 9 years
You guys should try bamboo pillows (I have them they're great) and bamboo sheets. They're so soft and affordable too! Bamboo floors are so amazing, I would love to have them!
MissLee82 MissLee82 9 years
I love bamboo! I am actually going to paint the walls in my dining room a light green and do dark wood with bamboo accents. I am super excited because bamboo is so beautiful!
workofiction workofiction 9 years
Bamboo ROCKS! The best part is it's so eco friendly; I think everyone needs to hop on that bandwagon!
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
love bamboo floors- dream about having them when i get my own place!
vienvien vienvien 9 years
All my life I love bamboo but here in the USA, I just can't have bamboo all throughout my living space. Growing up in a hut w/ bamboo -slat floors and walls are totally refreshing especially living in a tropical climate. We used the bamboo poles and leave them as they were --"poles" and attach them all together to build the walls and floors.
Food Food 9 years
Love bamboo, it's so soft and pliable. And I love that table, I wonder if the legs are strong enough to double as a bench.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I love bamboo!
kateisfab kateisfab 9 years
Love bamboo flooring - it's huge on house flipping shows right now. Great alternative to wood - but I am not sure about the $$$ aspect.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Love the serving dishes!
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