Are Bamboo Products Really Eco-Friendly?
By: Danny Lipford
Bamboo is considered a sustainable resource, since it grows rapidly and is easily replenished. Bamboo can be used for flooring, countertops, cutting boards, and even woven into fabrics.
When considering bamboo products from a green perspective, check to see if the manufacturing process and other materials – like adhesives and finishes – are eco-friendly as well.
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Give me a bamboo cane pole, some fishing worms, and a quiet place by the water; and I’m good all day long. I think this is a pretty green use for bamboo, but there are other green uses for bamboo to look at. I’ve seen some beautiful bamboo flooring, countertops, and even bamboo clothing.
Bamboo is considered a green industry because it is a renewable resource that’s growing rapidly. But before you take all the bamboo green-speak at face value, consider the processes it takes to manufacture the products. Are formaldehydes used to bind the bamboo together? What chemicals are used to create a bamboo fabric? Do the harvesting methods destroy surrounding lands?
In other words, buy the bamboo products that really are green, not greenwashed . Make these educated decisions with your bamboo; and, if all else fails, just go fishing!