Planet­Friendly Flooring: Save Money and Our Earth with What’s Beneath Your Feet

It is quite a startling fact that an estimated 10% of Australia’s annual timber imports are believed to be made up of illegally logged timber products. Without know where these materials have originated from, it is almost impossible to not only guarantee the quality of the product that has been made using these materials, but it also makes sustainability a major issue as well.

Many homeowners want to try and do what they can to make environmentally-friendly purchasing decisions and that is why bamboo flooring continues to grow in popularity, as it offers the option of providing a durable and attractive flooring product that is considered to be more sustainable than timber.

Benefits of bamboo

There are some pros and cons of bamboo flooring  but what is absolutely certain is that in an age where eco-friendly green building is considered to be the right thing to do, bamboo flooring has become a serious choice when buyers are looking at hardwood flooring options for their homes.

The unique appeal of bamboo is not just its appearance and versatility but the fact that it has a real environmental edge over competing products because of its sustainability, meaning that it provides a rapidly renewable source of wood.

Rapid regeneration

When bamboo is cut the root of the bamboo stalk remains in the ground. This allows it to regenerate and grow back to a mature height within an average timespan of between three and a half to seven years. Compare this growth rate to an oak tree for example, which takes up to 120 years before it is considered to be strong enough for harvesting, and you soon see why bamboo has become the go-to eco-friendly option for  homeowners who are keen on protecting the precious resources that our planet has to offer.

Not all the same

Rather like the issue of illegally logged timber products, bamboo is not without its issues, but these do not relate to the origin of the product but more the quality aspect. China has been accused of possessing a rather debatable lack of quality control and some manufacturers are known to use inexpensive urea-formaldehyde as the bonding adhesive.

In order to ensure that your bamboo flooring meets Australian standards and has been sustainably harvested, you should check with your supplier that the bamboo flooring they are offering meets the requirements of the Forestry Stewardship Council. What you will find with high quality bamboo flooring products is that will have a low VOC finish, have been harvested after a period of 5-6 years and have not been grown using herbicides, chemical fertilisers or pesticides.

Highly adaptable

Not only does bamboo flooring tick a lot of eco-friendly boxes but it also offers a high level of adaptability, which means that a bamboo floor can be used and adapted to meet most decorating styles. You can keep the natural colour of bamboo or there is also the option to dye it into various different colours depending on what scheme you are looking to blend in with. Many homeowners tend to consider bamboo in the hardwood flooring category and therefore like to keep to the natural colour qualities of the product, allowing them to enjoy the attractive appearance of the textures and grains that it naturally possesses.

If you are looking for planet-friendly flooring, then responsibly sourced and attractively priced bamboo would be a very good choice indeed. Tahlia Munro is an interior designer with a passion for sustainable materials. With research and high standards in her pocket, she often writes about using environmentally friendly materials in everyday spaces.

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