The rate at which old-growth forests are diminishing in the world today is alarming. More than four million acres of forests disappear from the earth each month. Combined with the fact that a tree harvested for use in the hardwood floor market takes over sixty years to replace, it is evident, from an ecological standpoint, that we cannot continue using traditional hardwoods any longer. Comparing the rate of regeneration of a hardwood tree to that of a sixty foot Bamboo plant is staggering ? the Bamboo will replenish in less than two months. Bamboo is widely recognized throughout the world as one of the fasting growing plants. Rate of regeneration aside, Bamboo plots have the additional advantage of being more environmentally friendly than hardwood plots.
Bamboo is known to produce around 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere than a comparable stand of hardwood trees. Ecologists hail this fact as an elegant way to combat the effects of global warming, and reduce the overall atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. In addition, the Bamboo plant?s root structure is well known for its abilities to combat soil erosion. Because of its quick growing nature, it is effective at restoring soil that has been degraded through poor management. It does this through its abundant production of biomass, which is added back to the soil to provide the necessary nutrients that will improve the overall soil quality. Furthermore, its massive root structure is excellent at providing a natural barrier to runoff and water. This has the effect of significantly reducing runoff and soil erosion, while providing a greater availability of water within the watershed area. Also impressive is the fact that when Bamboo is selectively harvested (rather than clear cut), it will quickly regenerate itself, without needing a replant of new Bamboo plants.
When harvested properly, part of the Bamboo plant is left behind, preserving the majority of vital topsoil so that it can continue to be nourished and maintained by the Bamboo plant. On the other hand, when a lumber tree plot is harvested, it takes many decades for the trees to regenerate. During that time, the lack of mature trees in the area results in a severe deterioration in oxygen production. Additionally, the soil in the area is left exposed, leaving it more susceptible to soil erosion and degradation. This negative environmental impact is striking, especially in comparison to a site of Bamboo farming ? it is clear that Bamboo is a far more sustainable resource. The choice is obvious: if you are looking for a natural wood flooring, Strand Woven Bamboo is the green alternative. Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring, as well as other types of Bamboo, has been touted as an ecologically sound alternative to hardwood floors.