Green flooring options, watch and learn about eco-friendly products

September 17, 2008

Looking for eco-friendly flooring options for your home?  We’ve talked carpet, Marmoleum, bamboo, concrete and more here on  The team at Designing Spaces produced this nice nine minute video on options that you can consider for your remodel.  Watch and learn about lifespan, recycling, and installation.

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FLOORING: Hardwoods remain a popular flooring option

January 30, 2008

How much wood are we using?   Where does it come from?  Where do we send it?  When we ship it out, does it come back to the US?  Building Product Digest shares some aggregated factoids/statistics…  

By David Koenig (Editorial & Production – Cutler Publishing, Inc.)
BPD-Building Products Digest
Use of American hardwoods has remained stable over the past five years, according to the Hardwood Manufacturers Association.

Total hardwood usage in 2006 was 10.7 billion bd. ft., the same as in 2002. Although usage in furniture has declined over the past decade, other uses have increased: kitchen and bath cabinets have grown 61%; flooring grew 56%, and mouldings, dimension, and millwork increased 38%.

Usage in furniture has declined because 53% of all wood furniture sold in the U.S. is produced overseas. However, American hardwoods are increasingly exported to countries such as Read more

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FLOORING: Thinking bamboo floors…here is the definitive list of suppliers

July 18, 2007

Bamboo Flooring


Research will quickly tell you that bamboo is actually not a wood, but a grass.  Bamboo is a grass that regenerates itself within 4-6 years, thus making it an excellent renewable resource. Ultimately to make it a green product, we all need to make sure that forest lands are not cut down in order to plant this renewable plant that offers a green flooring product.  Below is a list of providers of manufacturers of bamboo flooring products – virtually all are from China. 


We have noted several bamboo flooring suppliers that in our research stand out.  We don’t have experience working with bamboo flooring suppliers, but we wanted to call out those that were the most informative to us – so look for our notes below.  Here is the list of bamboo flooring manufacturers:


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123 Bamboo  – Chinese bamboo flooring company selling direct and through distribution

Central Bamboo Flooring, Inc. – offering solid and engineered bamboo flooring from China out of San Jose, CA


Bamboo Hardwoods, Inc.  – One to check out!  Informative site from this Seattle company, offering various types of bamboo flooring (engineered, solid, woven, AND other FSC Hardwoods).   Bamboo harvested thoughtfully in Vietnam.


Bamboo Mountain, Inc.   – One to check out! Excellent website with informative information and a clear focus on providing the consumer with Read more

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