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February 2010

Rebuilding Together San Diego

We recently had the opportunity to work with a great organization called "Rebuilding Together San diego" who's theme is "neighbors helping neighbors." 

Their Mission: In partnership with volunteers, donors and organizations, Rebuilding Together San Diego revitalizes homes and neighborhoods for low-income homeowners and communities in need, especially the elderly, disabled and families, helping them to live in warmth, safety and independence.

Going Green with Bamboo Flooring

Going Green With Bamboo FlooringInterested in saving the world from pollution and Greenhouse meltdown? As the percentage of forests on the Earth continues to erode, it seems like the only lasting legacy people will leave behind is the chemical plastics they’ve invented. The push to live "green" has inspired many people to use bamboo flooring in their homes. There are many good reasons for going "green" with bamboo flooring. Bamboo is ecologically sustainable, affordable and looks beautiful in any home.

Different Bamboo Fencing Styles

Bamboo Fencing StylesOne of the fastest growing plants on Earth, bamboo is an environmentally-versatile building option that is highly sustainable and renewable. It can be used in a variety of fencing options that are attractive, as well as affordable. Here are a few different bamboo fencing styles to consider.

Bamboo Stick
Mimicking the look of a more traditional fence, a bamboo stick fence is made of bamboo slats, instead of the traditional poles being woven together with wire. It’s best to waterproof a bamboo stick fence for longevity. If treated properly, bamboo stick fencing can provide years of quality use.

Benefits of Using Bamboo Versus Other Wood Materials

Bamboo vs. Other Wood MaterialsBamboo is becoming a popular alternative to wood for many reasons. Not only is it more environmental, but bamboo can also be durable and more affordable. Plus, it’s light but strong, making an ideal construction material that’s also very sustainable and renewable. Here are some benefits of using bamboo versus other wood materials.

10 Reasons for Choosing Bamboo Flooring

10 Reasons to Choose Bamboo FlooringWant quality flooring that goes beyond chemical-laden linoleum? Bamboo flooring is not only a "green" alternative, but it makes a beautiful addition to a home. When most people think of bamboo flooring, they picture green stalks that would better serve as a panda’s breakfast than a dining room floor.  The reality is that bamboo actually creates beautiful wooden floors that add a touch of the exotic, while being extremely natural. Bamboo is a very versatile plant that is quite sustainable, being one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. Here are 10 reasons you should choose bamboo flooring in your home.

6 Most Popular Bamboo Products

Popular Bamboo ProductsMore than just panda food, bamboo is used in a remarkable variety of products. There are bamboo houses, bamboo skateboards and even bamboo computer keyboards. A very versatile plant, there’s almost nothing bamboo can’t do. Here are the 6 most popular bamboo products being manufactured today.

Bamboo and Tikis at the CLCA Industry Show

We wanted to thank everyone who made it out to visit us at the CLCA Landscape Industry Show last week and stopped by to talk to us.  The Los Angeles convention center was immaculately transformed by amazing booths containing everything from live landscapes filled with trees, to gardens featuring ponds. 

The show not only featured amazing guest speakers but also informative demos on tree -trimming, wall building, water conservation and more.  It was exciting to meet different exhibitors from different industries and share a wealth of knowlege when it came to home improvement and landscaping. 

History of Bamboo

The use of bamboo goes back a long time. In fact, bamboo has been considered to be a symbol of good fortune in Asian cultures for over 4,000 years. Its ability to grow quickly and strongly has long deemed it a symbol of success and healthy sustenance. It’s one of the most popularly sought after Feng Shui symbols, highly recommended by the masters for creating a space of safe energy.

Bamboo’s long lasting life has instilled it as a Chinese symbol of longevity, and it is considered to be symbolic of long lasting friendship in India. Its rare blossoming flowers have also been considered a sign of impending famine, probably due to rats feeding on the flowers to multiply and destroy the area’s food supply.

Bamboo Fiber History and Production Process

Bamboo fabric is a natural textile that has been growing in popularity in recent years, both for its quality and its environmental friendliness. Bamboo fabric is made from the pulp of bamboo plants, which are actually a type of grass. The fastest growing grass species in the world, in fact, making them one of the most easily renewable natural resources we have. Aside from being more sustainable, bamboo fabric is also light and strong, with excellent wicking properties.

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