Re: ? Wood floors in CommonHouse? + Bamboo floors
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:27:08 -0800 (PST)
IMO, the endorsement for bamboo below is a bit over-enthusiastic.

There ARE ways to harvest bamboo in a sustainable manner, and ways which are 
not so.  Meaning, that not all bamboo 
floors are alike.
Secondly, Bamboo floors can be toxic, depending on the way the bamboo was 
processed, and what glues are being used.
It didn't use to be possible to by non/low toxic bamboo, but as far as I know 
that has changed.  It means, though, that it's something
that's needed to be looked into.
I think there are issues to do with how workers are being treated in the 
manufacturing process, but I haven't checked on this in a long
Also, it might be useful to remember that it comes from far away, and as such 
has a not so small embodied energy.

This isn't to say that bamboo is bad, but it's not a panacea either.

Racheli, Sonora Cohousing, Tucson.

On Nov 22, 2011, at 8:56 AM, Ruth Hirsch wrote:

> One of the wonderful reasons I love this List:  it is not-for profit[to say 
> the least.]
> I did look and find similar info on-line.  From places with a financial 
> interest in selling bamboo.  
> Ruth
> Message: 4
> Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:06:59 -0600
> From: James Kacki <jimkacki [at]>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ ? Wood floors in CommonHouse?
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> Hi Do,
> Just curious -why do you say don't wear outside shoes & high heels on  
> it.  The manufacturers say it is harder than hardwoods -see the quote  
> below from Eco -Friendly Flooring Inc.
> James
> Why bamboo? It makes sense. By using bamboo, we do not diminish  
> hardwood forests that have taken decades to mature, and we help to  
> preserve the habitat of our often endangered wildlife. Bamboo  
> produces new shoots each year and individual stems are harvested from  
> controlled forests every three to five years. If bamboo is not  
> harvested after five years it falls over, unable to continue growing.
> How durable is it? This very hard and very durable material is an  
> average of 13% harder than maple. It is 27% harder than northern red  
> oak and expands and contracts 50% less. Most people with pets find it  
> harder and longer lasting that most other floor coverings.
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