I am very very skeptical of environmental “solutions” that start to get trumpeted – when there is yet a lot of research to do. Case in point: Ethanol. And guys, don’t get me started on electric cars. “Total carbon footprint’ — and ‘embodied energy‘ — are key.
Another case in point: Bamboo floors. I read in the Wall Street Journal about 8 months ago that so many chemicals are used in processing these, that any environmental benefit from the sustainable growth factor is totally obviated. I recently went looking for more information online. How about this article from Treehugger.com, for further muddying the issue.
I agree with their conclusion: Find locally produced woods. Or go with linoleum (made from cork and linseed oil) or cork itself (very very cool stuff!). I doubt they would approve of VCT, but one thing you can say for that stuff — it lasts forever, which has got to be good on the embodied energy meter.
Oh yeah, not to mention that bamboo floors have a very questionable durability record. (See Tikimama’s comment on our recent post about trends that come and go in a blink.) Just say no.
Are Bamboo Floors Really Green? Treehugger.com’s coverage:
Tipster Brad installed a bamboo floor and says “The environmental benefits are great, but the flooring itself is awful”. We have had mixed experiences with it ourselves and decided to look more closely. READ TREEHUGGER’S COMPLETE STORY HERE.