Fun and Amazing Facts about Bamboo and Bamboo Flooring

April 18, 2011
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That bamboo is a great, green choice for flooring is a fact that more and more people are discovering. However, bamboo is actually even more amazing than you may realize. Here are just a few fun and informative facts about one of the most interesting plants on the world:

  • Bamboo is the fastest growing woody species of plant on the planet. Given the right soil and temperature conditions a bamboo plant can grow by as much as two inches in a hour.
  • On average bamboo plants produce 35% more oxygen than the average tree and can absorb four times as much carbon.
  • Where a single oak tree can take up to 120 years to reach the maturity level required to produce flooring bamboo can be harvested and turned into flooring planks within 3-5 years of planting.
  • Thanks to its high levels of nitrogen consumption bamboo can both detoxify waste water and improve soil quality.
  • There are several different species of bamboo. The bamboo used to create bamboo flooring is known as moso, and it is not the same species that panda bears like to munch on. So by buying bamboo flooring you are not robbing a panda of his breakfast, nor would you need to fear for the safety of your flooring were one to come to visit one day!
  • More than 6 million people in China are employed in one capacity or another in the bamboo industry, and across the globe a massive 600 million people rely on bamboo as an source of income.
  • The beautiful color variations in bamboo flooring are created by pressure steaming – or carbonization- during the manufacturing process, not by artificial colors or dyes.
  • Although a relatively new concept for use in Western homes, in Asia bamboo has been used for flooring for over 5,000 years.
  • Bamboo has earned itself a green materials designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification.

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