You’d think bamboo floor is pretty cut and dry, but EcoTimber, a leader in the push towards environmentally-friendly flooring options, has found a way to innovate in this area.  They’ve just released a new, prefinished, strand-woven bamboo flooring that doesn’t look like your regular bamboo.  The top image is a blown-up version of the amber color (view others below).  Looks like a regular hardwood, doesn’t it?  It actually acts like a hardwood, too.  It took about two years to develop and can be sanded and refinished just like regular hardwoods.  With a suggested retail price of $5.99 sf, there’s no reason to stick with the old growth products.  Seriously. 

Here are a few green reasons to like this new EcoTimber Bamboo offering:

  • It’s made from bamboo that reaches maturity in 5 years, as opposed to woods of comparable hardness that take about 50 to 150 years. 
  • Cultivating the bamboo requires no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers
  • It’s made without urea-formaldehyde and meets both the E1 and 2012 CARB standards for indoor air quality. 

I’m not sure where the flooring is made/manufactured, but I understand it can be purchased at various outfits nationally.  I’ve got two stores within 5 miles of my pad selling EcoTimber products and I’m in the middle of Nowhere (aka Salt Lake City).  If I’ve got stores selling bamboo, you’ve got stores selling bamboo.  Search for a location by zip code here.