Bamboo is one of those products about which it's easy to make assumptions. It's easy to assume bamboo is green. It's easy to assume bamboo is renewable. It's easy to assume that because it's natural it's not harmful to indoor air quality. The trouble is, with the raw materials and manufacturing happening in China, it's been difficult to prove these statements.
That's getting easier now that Smith & Fong will introduce a line of FSC certified bamboo products.
The company claims that few changes were needed in the cultivation and harvest practices of the bamboo used for their products and that the FSC certification was mainly a matter of establishing a paper trail. We don't know if that's the truth or just good PR, but the ongoing requirements of FSC certification should mean the changes are lasting ones.
First to market and arriving sometime this summer will be formaldehyde-free Plyboo brand bamboo plywood panels. Flooring will be available on a special order basis. Pricing has not been established yet.
via Environmental Building News
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