A brief history of bamboo flooring
Bamboo has only been used regularly as a flooring material for the past ten years. Perhaps it was occasionally installed as flooring in homes here and there, but the manufacturing techniques that make bamboo flooring accessible have been more finely tuned in the last decade. Even though eastern cultures have celebrated bamboo as a variable symbol for luck, longevity, strength, resilience, flexibility, and nature for years, western culture has been slower to follow suit; as fung shui becomes more of a widely accepted concept for home décor, bamboo becomes more appealing to the masses.
Aside from the new popularity of fung shui, in addition to the cheaper cost of installation, bamboo flooring is one of the most green materials on the home décor market today. The world is paying more attention to sustainability needs and environmental challenges than ever before. Renewable resources are often more of a priority than the look of the material itself. As a result, bamboo is a star performer in the green décor market.
The way that bamboo flooring is manufactured solves a lot a problems faced by the timber industry. It can be harvested without harming the environment or killing the plant, it only takes 5-10 years for bamboo to reach maturity, and there are methods that do not release harmful chemicals into the air, soil, or water used in the manufacturing process of bamboo flooring. Additionally, bamboo flooring is just as attractive and durable. The lighter weight of the material also makes transportation less expensive and requires less fuel; just another way that bamboo minimizes carbon footprints.
As bamboo flooring continues to gain popularity in the home décor market, the manufacturing techniques also evolve; they are working to have more cost effective, green methods to make bamboo a truly (completely) renewable and safe material for the environment. While the history of bamboo flooring is only just beginning, it’s friendly impact will hopefully last forever.
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