Contrary to popular belief, maritime transport is the most environmentally friendly means of transport in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Transporting one square metre of BambooTouch® flooring by boat is responsible for the emission of 0.39kg carbon equivalent greenhouse gases. This means of transport therefore produces less pollution than using lorries to import the same surface area of oak from Europe and the East.
Transporting one square metre of BambooTouch® produces almost 85 times less pollution than the average Belgian in one day (the average Belgian emits 33kg carbon equivalent per day)
Transporting one square metre of BambooTouch® flooring emits as much greenhouse gas as the average petrol car travelling 1.2km
The footprint that the planet can cope with is 2,000kg carbon equivalent per year per person.
The moso bamboo (Phyllostachys Pubescens) used by BambooTouch® comes from China where there are 3 million hectares available: it is the largest reserve of this variety of bamboo in the world. The giant bamboo forests, stretching as far as the eye can see, are referred to as ‘the bamboo sea’.
The Chinese were the first to turn giant moso bamboo into flooring and building panels. They are still the market leaders when it comes to these products, both in terms of quality and in terms of their production volumes. Vietnam produces flooring using a different variety of bamboo, whose knots are more marked, and the production volumes are lower than in China.
We know that countries like India and Madagascar are currently trialling the production of flooring using giant moso bamboo. Watch this space…
BambooTouch® flooring and panels are made from forests of giant bamboo plants, also called moso (Phyllostachys Pubescens). This is the most commonly used bamboo variety in the construction industry as well as for the use of young plants. 1 hectare of giant bamboo produces between 6 and 10 tonnes of canes every year. This variety of bamboo grows at a rate of 0.25m per day, and reaches its adult height of around 24m after 2 to 3 months. Moso bamboo is remarkable in terms of how quickly it grows and its yield per hectare as well as its hardness and the density of its fibre (from class 7 to class 10).
It is harvested after growing for 5 years, which guarantees optimum maturity.
Bamboo is harder than oak. Vertical and Horizontal bamboo floors are 33% harder than oak, but bamboo floors from the BamWood range are more than twice as hard as oak floors and are totally resistant to sharp heels and other impacts.
Bamboo is a woody grass that absorbs 30% more CO² than a deciduous tree, corresponding to 12 tonnes of CO²/year/person.
Bamboo does not need to be transplanted, unlike other wood species. It is a plant that grows really fast and can be used as soon as it has been growing for 5 years, compared with 50 to 70 years for oak.
So growing bamboo helps dramatically reduce the greenhouse effect.
There are more than 3,000,000 hectares of moso bamboo (Phyllostachys Pubescens) available at all times.
BambooTouch® only uses well-known and well-regarded finishing products. It is the best natural and naturally ecological alternative to wood.
Yes, because most of the oak used for flooring today comes from the East or China.
This significantly increases the production cost of oak, as well as the impact of road transport, which is just as high, if not higher, than transport by boat.
The cost of processing and storing wood in terms of energy is also much higher for oak than bamboo.
BambooTouch® a développé un parquet encore plus dur que les produits classiques: le BamWood®.
BambooTouch® has developed an even harder flooring: BamWood®, which is superior to all known species of wood, apart from Ipe.
Bamboo’s hardness is not a myth. Bamboo achieves its maximum hardness after it has been growing for 5 to 7 years. Before this, it is ‘relatively’ soft: it is therefore important to use bamboo that has matured.
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Only moso bamboo (Phyllostachys Pubescens) can be used to produce quality flooring, so it needs to be imported. There are more stages in the production process for a bamboo floor than for a floor made using traditional wood.
However, for the same quality, bamboo is still cheaper than oak as the forestry process is simpler and the manufacturing plants produce their own energy using manufacturing by-products.
As well as this, bamboo is a plentiful raw material.
Bamboo comes in three categories: grade A, grade B and grade C. Each grade corresponds to quality, connected to the age of the cane when it is cut.
Grades B and C can be recognised by sight: significant differences in colours, prominent knots etc. as well as inferior technical properties: bamboo that is cut too young has a humidity level that is too high, which contributes to its instability; the hardness of bamboo that is too young is also lower than for bamboo cut when it is mature (5 to 7 years).