Green kitchen: How green is bamboo?
Want to get the most sustainable kitchen possible but don’t know what products to use? Over the past two weeks we’ve followed Sydney couple Vanessa and Dan Winter on their search for the greenest possible kitchen. This week, we take a look at how well bamboo stacks up.
For Vanessa and Dan Winter, finding the greenest products to use in their kitchen hasn’t been easy.
After exploring plywood as an option, Vanessa and Dan looked at using bamboo, and found that it can be one of the greenest products to use for a sustainable kitchen.
How green is green?
As we explained last week, Vanessa and Dan are evaluating the sustainability of products based on the following three indicators:
One of the downsides of using bamboo is that it's generally sourced from overseas.
One of the best things about bamboo is that it is a very sustainable material, according to Vanessa.
Most kitchen cabinets and joinery cabinets installed in homes and offices today are manufactured from 16mm white HMR (High Moisture Resistant) board, otherwise referred to as “white board”, White board is strong, versatile, economical and easy to clean.
On the downside, white board is manufactured using urea formaldehyde the effects of which have frequently been tested on animals – see the Laminex MSDS and rabbit skin irritation results.
While some white board is available with an E0 rating – (see the laminex brochure) many white board products are low formaldehyde emission or LFE, with an E1 classifaction.
Australian standards now limit the amount of formaldehyde that can be released from products by indicating on the label classified amount of formaldehyde emitted over four ranges of formaldehyde emission (E0 to E3). So make sure that you only choose products with an EO emissions rating.
Why bamboo is the greenest choice
While bamboo is typically used for floors, cabinets and benchtops, Vanessa and Dan have found out that it’s a great green product that can be used for the whole kitchen, and have decided to use it for their green kitchen.