27 Nov '11, 10am

Is bamboo really a "green" material, when we have to glue the hell out of it to use it?

Is bamboo really a "green" material, when we have to glue the hell out of it to use it?

These days everyone is talking about bamboo. From walls to flooring , bamboo is regaled as the environmental answer to wood. Bamboo flooring is commonplace from showrooms to homes, and the building community expects that it will be used in plywood next. Just think, tomorrow your garage doors could be constructed with the renewable source. Environmentalists love it for its quick growth and for the fact that it can be harvested without harming the environment. However, the downsides of bamboo are now being scrutinized as its popularity grows and expands throughout the world of home construction . Some of those concerns include biodiversity, soil erosion, and chemical use. Bamboo is technically a grass and is native to South America, all parts of Asia, as well as northern Australia and areas of the southeast United States . It’s touted for its strength, hardness, and fast gro...

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