Durable and eco- friendly

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SUNDAY HOMES -

ARE you keen to up­date your kitchen but don’t want to add to en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion? Bam­boo fur­ni­ture, floor­ing, cup­boards, screens, back­ing and other prod­ucts are beau­ti­ful and plen­ti­ful.

Sanded and sealed, bam­boo be­comes durable and beau­ti­ful with its own colour­ing ac­cented and brought to the eye with plain or high shine gloss.

It works well with many dif­fer­ent styles, from plain white walls to avant garde de­signs.

Finally, bam­boo can be stained or painted if you pre­fer some­thing other than nat­u­ral gloss.

We tend to think of bam­boo as flex­i­ble, which it is, but thanks to clever coat­ings it is also much more durable than you might imag­ine.

For floors, strand wo­ven bam­boo is tough, flex­i­ble, softer on feet ( and tum­bling kids) than mar­ble and can come with war­ranties up to 25 years.

Bam­boo is gen­er­ally pro­moted as “green” be­cause it’s fast- grow­ing and Asian but the fact is that pro­cess­ing can often in­volve a lot of chem­i­cals.

Also, you don’t want to en­cour­age even more com­pa­nies to chop down forests in or­der to cre­ate bam­boo farms.

Although it’s dif­fi­cult to find out what bam­boo prod­ucts are best, one way to look out for the good stuff is to check the la­belling. The World Wildlife Fund ( WWF) Global For­est Trade Net­work’s panda and FSC For­est ste­ward­ship coun­cil’s tree are iconic and well known.

Less well known are the Euro­pean Union EcoLa­bel that looks like a green flower with an E as a bloom and the GreenLa­bel Sin­ga­pore stamp.

Ba­si­cally, both of­fer sim­i­lar stan­dards with prod­ucts en­dorsed pro­mot­ing re­cy­cled prod­ucts, items sourced from sus­tain­ably man­aged forests, lim­ited chem­i­cal use and more.

So when you’re think­ing of an up­date, do con­sider going panda with your flex­i­ble eco friend, the bam­boo.

Bam­boo fur­ni­ture, floor­ing, cup­boards, screens, back­ing and other prod­ucts are beau­ti­ful and plen­ti­ful.

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