The common misconception that ‘going green’ means recycled, mix-matched and tacky DIY quick fixes is rapidly being ruled out by innovative eco-materials, bamboo being the forerunner. Guest writer Stacey Ireland shows how stylish sustainability can be.
The word on everyone’s lips these days is ‘sustainability’ and has been appearing in all aspects of the design world, especially within interior design. Along with many other organic, eco-materials, bamboo products of a better quality and price, compared to traditional flooring options, such as solid wood floors.
When bamboo flooring is installed in a living space it provides thermal insulation. Less heating is therefore required in winter, thus helping to make work and home environments more energy efficient and contributing towards energy savings.
SIX INTERIOR USES OF BAMBOO:
A rapidly growing renewable resource that offers a unique style, shape and natural wood appeal to furniture applications and design.
FIVE BENEFITS OF BAMBOO FLOORING:
Bamboo can be harvested without the need to replant because the root system is left intact when it is harvested. It can grow up to 120mm in 24 hours and it takes 3–5 years to reach full maturity, compared to traditional hard woods taking 20–120 years to mature.
Resistant to moisture and fire:
Bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage, stains and warping than hardwood materials, and most bamboo products come pre-finished with a UV resistant polyurethane coating.
Easy to install and maintain:
Bamboo is manufactured in either a tongue-and-groove or a click-lock system and methods of fitting vary from glue down to free-floating.
Harder than other wood flooring:
Manufacturers claim bamboo products to be 30% harder than solid oak flooring.
Bamboo flooring comes in various shades and three styles: horizontal, vertical and strand-woven.
Bamboo is such a multi-talented product and can be used in a vast array of environments and put to use in so many interesting ways. There is no limit to what you can achieve with bamboo. If you can dream it – we can do it!
FIVE LOCAL BAMBOO SUPPLIERS:
7 Glosderry Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town
4 Lily Road, Retreat, Cape Town
Brightfields Natural Trading Company
Unit 1, Tollgate Industrial Centre, 12 Ravenscraig Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
6 Marconi Road, Montague Gardens, Cape Town
Central Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
The Green Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa is on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer now. Packed with sustainably stylish interiors, it’s full of all your favourite features and decor tips plus the green spaces of Patrizia Moroso and Pietro Russo. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #GreenIssue #DECOselfie.
Stacey Ireland is a second year student at Design Time, School of Interior Design with a passion for all things creative. From the intricacy of jewellery design, to the craftsmanship of ceramics; the beauty behind landscaping, bespoke furniture and interiors to current design trends and anything relating to nature and adventure. Fiercely patriotic about her country, she strives to support and encourage the use of local and socially sustainable design and craft, to empower proudly South African design.