There are so many different products on the market these days that it is nearly impossible to know what you’re actually buying. Here at Bambooki.com, we believe that bamboo is the superior material for making the majority of these products, primarily due to its rapid renewability, sustainability, and versatility. Many people aren’t even sure what renewability is, or why sustainability is important. Hopefully with a little help from of this glossary, you can easily navigate the products on our website, using what terms and labels matter most to you to guide your decisions.
Bamboo: Bamboo is a perennial evergreen, and a wood-like member of the grass family. Its unique growth process makes it one of the fastest growing plants in the world. There are currently between 1,000 and 1,500 species, most of which are native to parts of Asia, and they vary in size, growth speed, and strength.
Moso Bamboo: Moso is the most commonly known species of bamboo, and is one of the giant timbers of this grass family. Moso is a very temperate bamboo, native to China, and it is one of the species that produces edible shoots for humans and animals alike. It is also considered one of the strongest species, and is recommended for use in bamboo flooring.
Moso Bamboo Plantation
Bamboo Viscose: Viscose from bamboo, also sometimes called viscose rayon, or rayon from bamboo, is the resulting material made from the cellulose fibers of the bamboo plant. It is a step away from the natural fibers, but is often considered more durable. The bamboo cellulose is hardened using a diluted sulfuric acid solution, then spun into bamboo fibers and woven into bamboo thread.
Thread Count: Thread count is a common term used to categorize the quality level of sheets. The thread count simple refers to the number of threads woven together in a single square inch of fabric. High thread counts generally denote softer sheets, and most bedding comes in the range of 200-400. Bamboo bedding is not always categorized by thread count, but 100% bamboo sheets are often compared to the same softness as 300-400 count silk or cotton sheets.
There are a lot of eco-friendly adjectives preceding many products and materials out there, so it’s important to know what you’re buying before you swipe your card. Here are a few of the big ones to help you decide which labels are important to you.
Sustainable: This term technically combines the economic and environmental aspects of a process or product. It means that the manufacturing processes or the materials are used and harvested in a way that conserves the local ecology, avoids depletion of natural resources, and can be reasonably maintained by the community at a certain rate or level. Bamboo is called sustainable due to its non-negative impact on the surrounding ecosystems, as well as its ease-of-growth for climates around the world.
Renewable: Renewable simply means that the item has the potential to regenerate or continue to grow. Fossil fuels and natural gas are no longer considered renewable due to the thousands or millions of years required for the earth to make them. A renewable source of energy is one that is not depleted by use, such as solar or wind-powered energy. Bamboo is considered rapidly renewable because it grows incredibly quickly, and requires very little from the environment in order to thrive.
Organic: Technically, organic simply defines things that come from living matter. During the 20th century, many chemicals, fertilizers, and other synthetic products were introduced to agriculture. For this reason, we declare organic to define plants and produce that are grown without the use of irradiation, genetic modification, industrial solvents, non-natural fertilizers, or chemical food additives. In the United States, a food can be labeled as organic if it contains at least 95% organic ingredients. Bamboo is very easy to grow, and it will thrive under organic conditions, but many entrepreneurial agriculturists use non-organic chemicals for increasing profit margins.
Carbon Neutrality: Carbon neutrality is one of the biggest buzzwords of the decade, and is closely related to carbon footprint, greenhouse gases, and climate control. Human-caused climate control is caused by the release of more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the atmospheric layers can process and handle. Carbon neutrality is the process of eliminating or offsetting your carbon outputs by adding environmental systems to battle the carbon outputs. Carbon offsets include purchasing alternative and renewable energy sources, and planting trees and other carbon-eating flora.
Example of Carbon Neutral Declaration
Bamboo flooring can be a difficult industry to navigate these days, and with so many different types of manufacturing processes and resulting finishes; it’s easy to get lost. Here are a few of the most common terms used in bamboo flooring, and how they differ. Take a quick look before you start shopping for your bamboo flooring.
Strand-Woven: Often considered the strongest of the bamboo floor types, strand-woven bamboo flooring uses the actual fibers of the plant, rather than restructuring the material into planks. The most popular hardwood floor comes from oak, and strand-woven bamboo floors are considered twice as strong. The entire bamboo plant is used, eliminating waste. For this reason, it is often considered the most eco-friendly flooring type.
Strand-Woven Bamboo Flooring
Carbonized: Bamboo planks are often heated as a way of changing the color of the material; this process is called carbonization. There are several pros and cons of this process, but the addition of heat to the bamboo flanks results in a softer floor.
Vertical Bamboo: Vertical bamboo flooring is that which shows the thinner side of the bamboo strip on top. This results in very strong flooring that resists cracking, and has many more variations in color across each plank.
Differences Between Vertical and Horizontal Flooring – bambusabamboo.blogspot.com
Horizontal Bamboo: In horizontal bamboo flooring, the wider pieces of bamboo face up, so your floor actually looks like several flattened bamboo shoots lain out, which is almost exactly what it is. Horizontal bamboo flooring tends to have a more natural look and feel than other flooring types.
So, there you have it! Now that you understand a little more about the different terms used for bamboo products, you can make more informed decisions for your needs.