Bamboo was once touted as a “green” flooring option, but some experts say that the chemicals and glue used to hold the bamboo strands together are anything but green. Avital Andres, lifestyle editor for Sierra, a publication of the Sierra Club, says, “Bamboo is a sustainable product because it grows so quickly, but to create bamboo floors, the product is glued and treated with chemical products.”
How green are bamboo floors, really? Slightly more so than wood laminates, which are also treated with chemicals, and vinyl tile, which is neither long-lasting, sustainable, recyclable or healthy.
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Gary Wagner of Green Distribution, a manufacturer of sustainable building products, says, “If you want the look of wood floors, you should stay away from wood laminates or engineered floors because they contain adhesives that can cause health problems.”
He adds, “When the surface gets worn, it can't be refinished like real wood. Neither can bamboo.”
Whether you choose wood or another material, doing your research in home flooring can help you create the sustainable home of your dreams.
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