Rainbow Grocery

November 26, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring, Plywood and Veneer, Sustainability

photo 1My family and I love Rainbow Grocery here in San Francisco. Rainbow has been a source of information on healthy eating for us for more then a decade. As soon as we are in the door, my daughter races to the cheese sampling in the far back by the vegetable section, with me in fast pursuit as my wife settles in to the spice section for a long review of their offerings.

To my great pleasure I have discovered that Rainbow Grocery has, in turn, been a Plyboo fan for some years. I first noticed our mutual appreciation society with the application of PlybooSquared end-grain bamboo plywood for seating and tabletops near the Folsom Street entrance. Soon after that, our Havana PlybooStrand plywood popped up in casework at the cosmetics section. This year Rainbow owners redesigned their spice, coffee and bulk foods section, using Plyboo Chocolate bamboo plywood for casework and shelving. As noted, the spice section has always captivated and inspired my wife, and I now get to say it tastes a little better, housed in bamboo.

photo 4Rainbow is a place of discovery on a many levels and having noticed the construction at the front entrance, I took a moment to wander over and see what was manifesting there. Looking to my right I noticed a hidden garden, an oasis by the elevated freeway, with an “open” sign hanging from the verdant fence. I ventured in to take a look and discovered a portable cafe wedged into this small slice of Mission District real estate.

As I got closer I found more Plyboo plywood in use for surface treatments in both the interior and exterior. It looks like this portable cafe and Plyboo have found another place to dwell under the Rainbow.

I ordered two cappuccinos and a hot chocolate and went back to find my family.

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Declare® Certification: Smith & Fong’s latest sustainability milestone.

August 29, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring, Declare Certification, Plywood and Veneer

DeclarePlywoodIn 2007 we began the process of removing urea formaldehyde from our core Plyboo bamboo product range, including flooring and plywood. In 2008 we achieved the world’s first FSC certification, for our moso bamboo forest resource in China. Later in 2008 we began converting our manufacturing processes to accept a formaldehyde-free, soy-based resin system, the product made from this adhesive was branded Soybond. These were all-important milestones for us, and the bamboo industry at large and helped push the healthy interiors movement forward. This year we achieved Declare® Certification for our PlybooPure (Soybond) bamboo flooring and plywood products, which still represent the cornerstone of what Smith & Fong stands for. This certification was an important step for us as it is the highest standard for sustainability and environmental health for an interior finish product. Declare Certification was developed by the International Living Future Institute™ (ILFI) as part of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), to demand complete transparency from products used in LBC projects. Our Soybond products received the highest marks in the rating system. To achieve this a product must contain no “Red List” components. “Red List,” ingredients represent the “worst in class” materials, chemicals, and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem. In order to achieve Declare Certification, no Red List ingredients can be part of a project’s materials. The Red List includes:

  • Asbestos
  • Cadmium
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Chloroprene (Neoprene)
  • Formaldehyde (added)
  • Halogenated Flame Retardants
  • Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)
  • Lead (added)
  • Mercury
  • Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides
  • Phthalates
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol

ILFI’s Living Building Challenge is today’s platinum standard in green building, expanding on—and exceeding—the standards established by LEED a decade ago. The ILFI organization is young, energetic and sophisticated and is the kind of organization Smith & Fong is proud to be part of.

Smith & Fong Plyboo: The Original Bamboo Panel.

December 9, 2013 in Plywood and Veneer

Smith & Fong Plyboo: The Original Bamboo Panel.

Smith & Fong created both the product and the market for bamboo architectural plywood panels more than two decades ago. I’m happy to say today our panel business is stronger than ever, and we continue to stock and supply the market with the highest quality and greatest range of bamboo panels available. With options such as soy-based formaldehyde-free adhesive and FSC-100% bamboo, we are the market leader and look forward to another 25 years of supplying you with bamboo product options that will both excite and perform.

Our best work is ahead of us.

Some of you might have heard about the investigation into allegations of dumping by Chinese hardwood plywood manufacturers. Plyboo bamboo became temporarily caught up in this investigation due to confusion over the definition of “hardwood” plywood. Plyboo bamboo plywood was later determined to be exempt from the scope of this investigation. And later the entire investigation was found to be baseless and was thrown out for lack of compelling evidence.

The storm has now passed and our Plyboo supply remains intact with no additional duties, tariffs or trade restrictions. And stocking levels to supply the market are stronger than ever.

As we kick off this new era of innovation and creativity, Smith & Fong is excited to present new colors, textures and finishes in our Reveal, Sound and Linear Lines Collections. All of these designs are fabricated here in the USA. If you have been wondering where we’re going next in bamboo panels, you owe yourself a visit to Plyboo.com. With our new online design tool you can explore more than 15 different designs. These new collections are about fun and excitement as well as function. I know you will like what you see. Happy holidays to you and your family, as Smith & Fong looks forward to another 25 years of offering you the best in bamboo design.

Simply Fish — Sustainable Food in an Eco-Friendly Environment

September 25, 2012 in Installations, Plywood and Veneer

 

Simply Fish is all about seriously fresh and sustainable fish at this new restaurant in the heart of Camden, England. But the concept of sustainability does not stop at the menu! This invitingly light, stylish interior has been created with the use of eco friendly, rapidly renewable Bamboo products from Smith & Fong Plyboo. Click here to read the full story.