Bamboo gets Mainstream

April 13, 2011 in Admin

I was flipping through the March issue of Psychology Today a couple of weeks ago and happened upon an article about environmentalism making its way into our daily lives. It’s not only socially acceptable — it’s chic. I was absolutely beaming to see the words “bamboo floor” in print. Not as a fad, but a new direction that should be embraced. People are proudly sharing that they’ve got a bamboo floor just as they’re glad to admit participation in community supported agriculture. Bamboo isn’t the future, it’s the present. It’s happening now and it’s a part of our daily lives.

Bamboo’s significance has surpassed being merely food for pandas. A shining example: I was speaking with Dan, our company president, just yesterday. He was telling me about an episode of The Cat In the Hat Knows A Lot About That that took place in the bamboo forest. Imagine that! An episode of a popular children’s program explaining the many uses of bamboo and its role in its natural environment. The characters visited the bamboo forest and met a panda named Zhu Zhu who explained all the things bamboo could do in addition to being her favorite food. Dan’s daughter along with so many other children are learning about the versatility of bamboo beyond a sturdy grass from China. It’s very clear that people accept bamboo as a material that can be made into clothing, furniture, flooring, and homes.

You can find bamboo cutting surfaces and bowls at your local grocer, bamboo handled knives and specialty cutting boards cut into the shapes of states on Etsy. Bamboo’s popularity as a building material is growing as fast as, well, BAMBOO!