Eco-friendly Wood Flooring from Ambient Bamboo

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

These days, sustainability is something we're all concerned about. Whether it's the cars we drive or the food we eat, people everywhere are looking for ways to make the littlest negative impact on the environment. If you're remodeling your home, make Ambient Wood Flooring your choice for eco-friendly kitchen flooring! We're proud to be an environmental leader offering truly green flooring products to forward-thinking customers.

Why Bamboo?

Bamboo is quickly becoming a popular choice for eco friendly kitchen flooring - and for good reason! Bamboo grows quickly without harmful pesticides or fertilizers, and it doesn't require excessive amounts of fresh water. Certain species of bamboo can grow at a rate of three to four feet per day, meaning a bamboo forest can mature in as little as seven years. Compare that with a traditional hardwood forest, which can take over a century to replenish itself. But that's not all! Bamboo groves release more oxygen into the environment than other trees, and they can help prevent soil erosion, improving growing conditions for other plants.

Bamboo can also grow in diverse environmental conditions. Best of all, because sustainable bamboo flooring is so durable (our strand woven bamboo is three times as strong as traditional hardwoods) you'll get years of use out of your bamboo flooring. When you buy eco bamboo flooring from Ambient Bamboo Floors, you're not just doing what's right for the environment - you're investing in a quality product that will give you a lifetime of beauty!

Family-safe Products with Zero VOCs

All our flooring is lab-tested for formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Our products exceed the standards set out by the California Air Resources Board (phase one and two), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the International Standards Association, and European indoor air quality standards (E0 and E1). 100% VOC-free products are also available by special order.

Our Green Credentials

No one takes eco-friendly flooring more seriously than Ambient Bamboo Floors. Since 2005, respect for the environment and respect for our natural resources have been the guiding principles of our business. We're a leader in sustainable flooring products that look great, last long and are good for the environment. Our bamboo is harvested from Forestry Stewardship Council certified well-managed forests, and we're members of the US Green Building Council. And did you now, by installing eco bamboo flooring, you qualify for LEED credits?

At the shipping level, we also incorporate environmentally friendly practices in our business. We pack our products in FDA-approved organic cornstarch peanuts that decompose completely in water. We strive to use boxes and stretch wrap made of a percentage of post-industrial and recycled material. And all of our corrugated packing material is made of 100% recycled content. From the moment our eco friendly flooring is harvested to the moment it leaves our warehouse, we're incorporating green practices into every aspect of our business!

Here's a look at our eco-friendly approach:
  • Classic

  • MR6, MR7*
  • 0.02 ppm
  • 2352
  • Strand Woven

  • MR6, MR7*, IEQ 4.4
  • 0.01 ppm
  • 3944
  • Click-Lock HDF

  • MR6, MR7*
  • 0.03 ppm
  • 1963
  • Hand Scraped Strand

  • MR6, MR7*, IEQ 4.4
  • 0.01 ppm
  • 3944
*By Special order, please inquire for detail Ambient Bamboo meets or exceeds standards
The Janka hardness test is preformed on the Natural color of each product carbonized versions are approximately 10% less hard.
LEED credits for flooring:
Ambient bamboo flooring contributes to the following LEED credits:

(MR) 6: Materials & Resources credit for Rapidly Renewable Resources

(MR) 7: Materials & Resources Certified Wood
(This LEED-certified flooring is available by special order - please contact us for information.)

(IEQ) 4.4:Indoor Environmental Quality credit for Low-Emitting Materials
 
LEED® credits for adhesive and membrane:
(IEQ) 4.1: Indoor Environmental Quality credit for Low-Emitting Adhesives
 
 
VOC Levels
Formaldehyde is found in many products including furniture, automobiles, plastics, carpeting and most clothing. Extreme levels can cause health issues. We voluntarily lab test all of our products for formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to make sure they are safe for you and your family. If you would like copies of our formaldehyde and VOC testing results, please contact us. Note: if you require zero-formaldehyde products, they are available by special order.

The following results are from the formaldehyde test of our bamboo flooring products.
Note: if you require zero-formaldehyde products, they area available by special order.

  • Classic: 0.02 ppm
  • Strand Woven: 0.01ppm
  • Click-Lock: 0.03 ppm
  • Click-Lock Hand Scraped: 0.01 ppm
  • Moisture barrier VOC compliancy
  • Bostik Ultra-Set SingleStep: 0 g/L
  • Adhesive VOC compliancy
  • Bostik D-321: 0 g/L

FSC
Ambient Bamboo Floors is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an independent, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. FSC Pure certification means that we follow the highest social and environmental criteria when harvesting bamboo. Our certification number is COC-BV103487.
 
USGBC
We are also members of the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) building rating system to promote green building practices. All Ambient bamboo flooring products contribute to LEED credits.

  • CARB Phases 1 & 2 - The California Air Resources Board has set strict emissions and indoor air quality standards. Phase 1 went into effect in 2009, and Phase 2 will go into effect in 2011. Ambient bamboo flooring qualifies under both Phase 1 and Phase 2 standards for extremely low formaldehyde levels (under 0.05 ppm for Phase 2) in our products.

  • OSHA Air Quality Standards - Ambient bamboo flooring also exceeds the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards regarding indoor air quality of less than 0.30 ppm of formaldehyde.

  • E1 & E0 - Our bamboo flooring exceeds the European indoor air quality standards E1 and E0, with formaldehyde emissions of "effectively zero."

  • ISO 14001 - Our factory meets the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 environmental management standards. This means we identify and control the environmental impact of our activities, products and services; we are committed to continually improving our environmental performance; and we have implemented a systematic approach to setting and achieving environmental objectives and targets.
  • ISO 9001 - Our factory meets the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 requirements, representing global quality standards for consistently producing products that satisfy customers' expectations.

 
We not only sell eco-friendly products, we also try to get our products from our warehouses to you in an environmentally friendly way

Shipping: We strongly encourage you to reuse or recycle our shipping products to the greatest extent possible.


Packing peanuts: We use packing FDA-approved peanuts made of organic cornstarch. They decompose in water leaving no toxic waste.


Stretch wrap: Our pallets are wrapped in stretch wrap made of 3% post-industry recycled content.


Boxes: Our shipping boxes are biodegradable and are made of 35% recycled material. If they are in good condition, we reuse them whenever possible.


Corrugated packing material: All of our corrugated packing material is made of 100% recycled content and is completely recyclable.


Sample boxes and envelopes: Our sample boxes and envelopes are manufactured using environmentally-friendly methods and are entirely recyclable.