Re: ? Wood floors in CommonHouse? + Bamboo floors
From: Holly McNutt (holly.mcnuttgmail.com)
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:41:44 -0800 (PST)
In my experience, it is gorgeous, but not really as hard as wood, despite what 
the PR says.  Some bamboo samples can be easily scratched with a fingernail, 
which is how I've tested them. - I still love it, tho. - Holly at Nyland

On Nov 22, 2011, at 11:27 AM, Racheli Gai wrote:

> 
> 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
> time.
> 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
>> 
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>> Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:06:59 -0600
>> From: James Kacki <jimkacki [at] mymts.net>
>> 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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