Bamboo: What You Need To Know

Bamboo: What You Need To Know

Trent Johnson
Dec 17, 2009

It's hard not to love products made from bamboo: rapidly renewable, durable and attractive, right? We've posted before about the merits of bamboo and even asked our readers if they think bamboo is green or not, but according to the Boston Globe, it seems like not all bamboo is created equally, or has the same greenness.

The Boston Globe's article, Don't Get Bamboozled warns buyers to not assume all bamboo is grown the same. Practices such as over-harvesting, treatment with non-green chemicals and cross ocean shipping can undercut the green benefits of an otherwise excellent product.

People hear the word bamboo and assume it's green, but it's important to remember to think twice about how the product under consideration is really made. FSC-certification is certainly a start, but not all products that are truly green are necessarily certified. Read more at the Boston Globe.

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