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People Competing With Pandas For Bamboo

If you’re an environmentally active person who loves trees and hates cutting them down, then I wouldn’t find it surprising if you use grass for your home floors. No kidding! I know you might find my statement a bit sarcastic but it is possible to use grass as flooring for your home. What we must clear up though is the type of grass we are talking about. It has strong features and is normally grown in East Asia and South East Asia. If you’re thinking “bamboo” then you are correct. Bamboo is an integral part of the Asian culture and has been long used in this region for house foundations, furniture and flooring. Unlike trees, bamboo is more numerous and faster to reproduce. Trees reach their maturity in decades but bamboo only takes 3-7 years. In terms in price, bamboo flooring is also very cheap as a flooring material in comparison to wood.

Made from an eco-friendly and a high renewable resource, bamboo flooring is very durable. It is endowed moisture-resistant and insect-repellant properties like cork flooring but is much more economic. Bamboo flooring can turn your old, boring house into a stylish living space with an updated look. You can choose from a wide variety of color to complement your personality. There are lighter colors of bamboo flooring that can brighten your home’s atmosphere and there are darker ones that fill it up with warmth. Now, all kinds of floor need care and maintenance in order for its beauty and durability to be preserved. Thus, like what you would do to any other kind of flooring, never use liquid in cleaning your bamboo floors. Use only rugs or a piece of cloth to wipe dirt off or any spilled liquid. The vacuum cleaner is a great equipment to use when cleaning the dust in your house. However, cleaning tools can only do so much for your home. You have to perform regular maintenance if you want a better outcome. Try to clean your floor three times a week or maybe twice a week. All kinds of flooring have their own advantage and disadvantage. That’s why we must have proper knowledge about them for us to be able to prolong their life, beauty and durability.

Though bamboo flooring is quite amazing as a flooring material, we can’t help but consider how our use affects the ecology. Though we know that its eco-friendly and made of renewable materials, there are other species that thrive through the bamboo plant. Opposed to the common belief that it is a tree, bamboo is actually a type of grass. And as such, it is the favorite food of the Giant Pandas of Japan and China. Unlike the standard grass, bamboo is not soft and brittle. It is in fact very tough and flexible – characteristics that make it a material of choice for many structure builders. In the back of our minds, we can’t avoid but wonder, “Does this mean we endanger the Pandas’ main food source with our use?”

This is one argument that some uninformed people set out against the increasing use of bamboo as private and commercial flooring. Since pandas eat bamboo, some folks worry that an increase in demand for bamboo will endanger pandas’ food source, thus further endangering them and pushing them to the brink of extinction. However, the species of the bamboo used to manufacture flooring or other bamboo products is the moso or mao bamboo. It is not the type of bamboo that is preferred by pandas. In addition, bamboo grows at an incredible rate, reaching its maximum strength and hardness in just a matter of five years. It is also self regenerating plant that does not need support or tending. Overall, the creation and utilization of bamboo flooring has no detrimental impact on the life of pandas. We will not deprive them of their food if we patronize this kind of flooring material.

Given all the benefits and environmental friendliness of bamboo, it is one of the primary products of The Flooring Group.