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Get the Facts on Formaldehyde in Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is an excellent green building material. It’s fast growing, sustainable, and really beautiful. Bamboo floors are a wonderful choice when renovating or building new. But even these sustainable floors contain a bit of formaldehyde. Learn what standards to look for when purchasing and how to ensure you are not exposed to the chemical.

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Flooring May Contain High Levels of Formaldehyde

In a story that gained national attention last week, it was revealed that certain low-cost Chinese-made laminate flooring products sold by Lumber Liquidators contain a high volume of formaldehyde. CBS’ 60 Minutes did an investigation and found that the product “may fail to meet health and safety standards, because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer causing chemical.” The story goes on to say, “Lumber Liquidators insists its Chinese-made laminate flooring is safe, but it doesn’t appear that way…

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New GBE Series Scheduled: Green Materials Report

This Friday reporter Dawn Killough will launch our new series, Green Materials Report. Her first subject: linoleum, a durable and sustainable product with an estimated lifespan of 40 years. Some of our upcoming green materials reports will include: Concrete Drywall Linoleum Bamboo flooring Wheatboard Wool carpet Recycled-content carpet Cork flooring Steel studs Mushrooms Beetle-kill pine Gabion rock walls GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green. Each post focuses on one material. We will be looking at the ingredients in…

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The Bamboo Crop Discovers America

Perhaps one gateway out of America’s economic doldrums will come in the form of a boom – call it a bamboo boom, if you wish. What once was simply regarded as only a tropical and oriental product now has a growing number of people interested in what it might yield as both a green crop and a cash crop.

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Green Building 101: Selecting Building Materials from Nature

Selecting materials for your green building project can be daunting, to say the least. Every product says it is "green" or "environmentally friendly." In addition, there are different certifications and labels, each supposedly better than the others. One seemingly obvious alternative is to buy products taken directly from nature. Wood, linoleum, bamboo, wool carpets, cork, and wheatboard are a few that come to mind.

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Eco Timber Offers Comprehensive Online Green Flooring Guide

Can your hardwood floors contribute to global warming? Which hardwoods are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council? Are some types of bamboo greener than others? Eco Timber’s Eco-Friendly Flooring Guide is a valuable source for information on sustainable hardwood flooring and a must read for any green builder. The Richmond, California based company has promoted responsible harvesting of timber and sustainable practices such as reclaiming and salvaging wood (their guide tells you the difference between reclaimed and salvaged wood) since…

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