What Are Your Thoughts on Bamboo?

What Are Your Thoughts on Bamboo?

Stephanie Kinnear
Jan 20, 2010

This holiday season we bought a recipe box for a friend. We looked all over for the right one, and settled on a bamboo box from Bed, Bath & Beyond. In all honesty, we bought it because we thought it was pretty ... not because it was bamboo.

Lately, we've had mixed emotions about all the bamboo products we're seeing everywhere—they seem to get the green stamp of approval no matter what.

And we get it: It's hard to deny that bamboo has the potential to be an unbelievably green material. It's a grass. It grows like crazy. It should be the perfect green replacement for wood in so many instances. A bamboo recipe box seems like it should be greener than a wood one. Right?

Well, we used to feel really good about bamboo. But then we started hearing about how far it is shipped and how it is, in many cases, being farmed in an unsustainable way. We started looking at bamboo differently.

Now, unless a bamboo product is FSC-certified (like Smith & Fong's Plyboo flooring) we're pretty wary of the stuff. We don't know if it's rational ... but we've become skeptics.

What about you? How do you feel about bamboo products these days?

(Image: Bed, Bath & Beyond)

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