Environmental depletion is a major global concern. There is a pressing need to look for greener alternatives to pure wood.
Research shows that deforestation is fuelled by increased logging in various continents. Industries in America and China are depleting forests in Africa.
With the pace at which wood-based industries are progressing, supply is expected to run out soon. It’s important to have sustainable forms of raw material for the furniture and flooring industry.
Hardwood trees take 20 years or more to fully grow. Oak trees can take up to 120 years to mature completely. In comparison to these, bamboo is a regenerative plant which can be harvested in as short as 3 years! In fact it’s not even pure wood; it’s a woody grass which is increasingly becoming an eco-friendly substitute for hardwood.
Here are a few more interesting facts about Bamboo.
No Need For Forestation
Bamboo is becoming popular in the industry because of its rapid growth and regenerative quality. Along with a short period of maturity, bamboo also has an easier process of cultivation. When a fully grown bamboo tree is harvested, the stalk is severed from the roots which remain in the soil. This saves time, labor and energy required to replant bamboo seeds for the next batch of plants. Because of its natural cycle, the harvest fields replenish themselves automatically.
Harvesting bamboo periodically is not only needed for manufacturing industries but also beneficial for the environment. When a fully grown stalk is cut, the shorter plants and shrubs are able to receive sunlight. This stimulates growth in them and enhances the ecology of the entire area.
Prevents Soil Erosion
Bamboo plants have long, far-reaching roots that firmly anchor the soil. A network of roots spread into the soil wherever they grow and bind the earth in a tight grip. This helps prevent soil erosion.
Have you heard that green plants purify air by producing oxygen?
That fact is 35% truer in the case of bamboo. This makes it an excellent choice of plant to renew forestation in despoiled regions. Not only does it produce more oxygen but also absorbs greenhouse pollutants.
Don’t mistake bamboo for a cheap substitute for high-quality hardwood. If maintained and cared for, Bamboo flooring can last as long as hardwood floors. With touch-ups every now and then, the look of a finished Bamboo floor can be retained as well.
There is reduced need to invest in replacements or repair because of Bamboo’s long life.
Substitutes Popular Hardwood
Bamboo is not only a greener substitute for hardwood, but aesthetically an equal one as well. The darker shades of bamboo resemble Black Walnut and this is why they’re so popular in the market. Light-colored Bamboo is comparable to maple which is also a wood type widely used. The options available to you for greener flooring options are endless.
Do you want to go green with Bamboo flooring?
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