The modern and durable and environmentally friendly alternative to hardwood is bamboo flooring. Being a grass, as opposed to wood, bamboo gives you the advantage of not only a building product (being strong and at the same time flexible), but also as a sustainable resource: wood takes approximately 15-20 years to reach maturity, while the non-harmful harvesting of bamboo has a mere 3 to 5 years. Bamboo has traditionally been the material of choice in most of Asia, and is only recently that its benefits and environmental properties have begun to be used more widely in the west.
The growth in popularity in recent years for wood flooring has increased the burden on already stretched timber resources. (more…)