Do your bit for the environment

As we become more aware of our modern way of living’s effects on the environment, it becomes increasingly important to choose sustainable products that help rather than hurt the environment.

Sustainable products unfortunately have a bit of a stigma attached to them, as they are often far less attractive than their non-eco friendly counterparts. We are pleased to say that this has changed quite dramatically recently. Here are a list of uber-stylish, eco-friendly products that will help you do your bit for the environment:

Fuez Kitchen Bench Tops

 

Made with recycled glass, fly ash, stone and shells, it’s more durable than marble.  Made with 60% to 80% recycled materials, including beer bottles, and manufactured using 100% wind-generated electricity, this is a stylish alternative to quarried stone.

Bamboo Flooring 

 

Bamboo flooring is a durable, sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to timber flooring. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. Further, when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. The best news… it’s not budget-friendly as well!

Bamboo Linen

 

As mentioned above, bamboo is super sustainable! And just when you thought it couldn’t get better… it does! Bamboo linen is a long lasting quality material that you would think would be course but when compared to high thread count quality cotton – it is at least on par if not better. Unbelievably, bamboo towels and bedding tend to get softer with each wash and again – very budget friendly.

So here are just three simple ways you can do your bit to help the environment whilst not having to compromise on style.

Caring for your Bamboo Floors

Bamboo floors are the hottest thing in flooring at the moment but we get asked many times about the best way to care for bamboo floors. Here are some little tips that will help maximise the durability and beauty of this lovely flooring:

Place doormats or rugs at your entrances to collect moister, sand, grit and other potentially damaging substances from being tracked onto your bamboo floor. This may sound pretty generic, but it will go a long way in keeping your bamboo floors in pristine condition.

Dust mop or vacuum with a soft accessory to keep your bamboo floor clean from dust, dirt or grit: This is perhaps one of the most important tips! Bamboo floors, whilst extremely durable, are not infallible. Using a soft accessory when cleaning is paramount.

For sticky spots, use a soft damp cloth to gently scrub the floor. If necessary, use a generic hardwood floor cleaner. Do not use steel wool or other abrasive scouring pads. This may seem like a no brainer, but we cannot tell you how many times we’ve seen beautiful bamboo floors ruined by people scrubbing with abrasive pads

Do not use harsh detergents, abrasive cleansers, or corrosive chemicals to clean your bamboo floor – remembering that bamboo is a natural flooring and is not made to withstand the harsher cleaners – water and vinegar are a good natural alternative.

 Now after suggesting to use water to clean your bamboo floors, we need to ask that you avoid excessive water! Again, bamboo is a natural product and can be subject to water damage. Use mats in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room to protect against spills. If a spill occurs, blot it up immediately with a dry cloth or slightly damp mop.

We recommend using only colorfast and non-scratch carpeting or pads on your bamboo floor.

And last but not least – prevention is better than cure! Protect your floor from furniture legs and do not walk on the floor with high-heeled shoes.

For more information on caring for your bamboo floors, please visit our website

Join the Bamboo Revolution

Bamboo products might just be the hottest thing on the market at the moment, from velvety soft sheets and towels to durable, hard and stylish floors. Many smart homeowners are choosing bamboo as a flooring option in their home due not only to its stylish good looks and versatility, but also for it’s  ecological footprint.

Andersens has an extensive range of  bamboo products in a range of colours, sizes and manufacturing styles including fully floating click locked floors. What might surprise you though is the fact that this amazing product is surprisingly inexpensive!

If you’re still unconvinced, here are a few great reasons to choose bamboo:

  • Bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. Further, when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one ‘mother plant’ generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months and to full mature hardness in about five years.  Made with safe resins, they have extremely low formaldehyde emissions and make excellent floors for healthy homes.
  • Most people don’t realise that bamboo flooring is actually harder than hardwood flooring, which  makes it a more durable and long lasting flooring.
  • It suits your budget. Bamboo flooring is in most cases a less expensive alternative to hardwood flooring, usually costing 25 to 50 per cent less than hardwood. Installation costs remain the same as  hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.
  • It creates a fashion statement. Interior designers are flocking to use bamboo flooring due to it’s unique grain and appearance. This stylish flooring is sure to add that “wow” factor to any home.
  • Bamboo floors are easy to clean.
  • Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites.
  • Bamboo flooring can be installed over numerous types of sub-floors such as: wood, sheathing grade plywood, vinyl tile, or Oriented Strand Board.

Our preferred suppliers, ensure that the product they supply Andersens is harvested and manufactured using the latest extremely environmental friendly techniques, incorporating compliance with the E1 standards. It is stronger than most hardwoods, and as mentioned above, they do not take hundreds of years to grow, as do hardwoods of comparable density.

If you’re interested in joining the “Bamboo Revolution” contact your local Andersens store today to find out more about a bamboo flooring solution to meet your specific requirements. You can also click here to view our FAQs on bamboo or visit our website to choose your preferred option.