Green Building Materials
As a father of four beautiful children I cannot help but ponder about their future and the world they will inherit in days to come. This got me wondering about sustainably built furniture and the impact our generation (the Baby Boomers) has had upon the environment. While there are many different green building materials on the market, the one that peaked my interest the most was bamboo. If you mirror my concerns and would like to limit your carbon footprint, then you may find this article resonates with your own inner values. Bring in a touch of nature-inspired design to refresh your bath décor with bamboo furniture.
Many homeowners talk about going green and doing their part for the environment but what does this really mean? Eco living involves considering how products in our homes are made, the materials they are made of, where they originated from and how they will be used and disposed of when they are no longer needed. This is especially relevant in furniture production, which traditionally used lumber harvested from clear-cut forests and was put together with low quality binders and sometimes toxic chemicals. Bamboo cabinetry on the other hand is an all-natural renewable resource that grows very quickly compared to most other wood products.
Choose Low-Emitting Materials
Most people don’t realize that compressed and veneer wood are produced using chemicals that are not only noxious (such as formaldehyde) but also off-gas VOC’s once brought into their homes. VOC’s also called Volatile Organic Compounds are carbon-based chemicals that evaporate easily at room temperature and may cause breathing and health problems once inhaled over time. Building materials such as particle board, paints and some adhesives routinely release VOC’s. Also polyurethane foam and synthetic fibers used in upholstered furniture may also produce unwanted emissions.
Beautiful Eco-friendly Furnishings
Bathroom vanities made with low emitting materials such as bamboo lets the homeowner live in way that is comfortable, sustainable and allows them to create a living space that is reflective of their own inner values. Bamboo is actually a fast growing grass, sometimes growing over 5 feet in a year. After being harvested it is formed into solid wood pieces, which are then crafted into beautiful eco-friendly furnishings. Another benefit of this material is that it does not chip, warp or bend, and is more durable than solid oak.
Good For The Environment
And for those more nerdy readers out there, bamboo also serves as a strong carbon sequester, meaning it releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than a tree, which in turn helps to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and incremental climate change. The great news is that it is now possible to purchase beautiful, high-quality hard wood furniture that is not only durable but is also good for the environment. And bamboo is not only limited to vanity cabinets and shelves – mirror frames, freestanding furniture, floors, counters and even wall coverings can all be crafted from environmentally sound, engineered bamboo available in a wide variety of styles and finishes.
A Social Consciousness
Sustainable purchasing is all about social and environmental consciousness that involves thinking about the reasons for using the products we buy. Need an earth-friendly vanity to update your spa-inspired bathroom? Awaken your spirit and rejuvenate your tactile senses with the fresh beauty of natural bamboo with its gorgeous grain and clean lines. The warm tones of these vanities are enticing and with durability and easy maintenance, they are refreshingly practical. I must admit that some are somewhat pricey as compared to the mass produced furnishing made of particle board and laminate but can you really place a price on the resources of future generations? If you are interested in learning more about low-emission products then visit www.greenguard.org or www.greenseal.org .