The Greenington Currant Eco-Friendly Platform Bed pictured above is made from solid bamboo ‘wood’. Solid Bamboo wood is fast ushering in a new era in furniture construction offering a durable, heavy-duty solid wood product that it completely sustainable, completely eco-friendly and completely renewable. The Currant was previously known as the Nagoya Platform Bed.
In Japanese, Nagoya means harmonious or peaceful. When considering a furniture purchase it is nice to know that you can buy a high quality bedroom or dining room furniture set that is also eco-friendly bamboo. In Japan the term Nagoya represents strength, integrity, and bravery all qualities that bamboo furniture and the Nagoya set represent. The Nagoya bamboo bedroom collection combines a classic Japanese panel design with the warmth of a caramelized finish that compliments both traditional and contemporary decor in your home.
Bamboo comes from a family of grass, yet it is also a hollow reed, which gives it a much deeper personality. As such, bamboo is the ultimate renewable resource—It’s as hard as maple-wood and 50% hardier than red-oak. In other words, it has a higher hardness rating than most other hardwoods. This is why Samurai sword-makers test their swords on bamboo stems to see if the sword can cut through bones. (which is disturbing, to say the least). Bamboo is soft when it grows and hard and brittle once it's dried. It is incredibly strong and flexible, and is resistant to cracks or chipping making it an ideal material for furniture construction.
In addition, Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, with reported growth rates of 35 inches (88.9) in 24 hours. However, the growth rate is dependent on local soil and climatic conditions, as well as the sub-species, and a more typical growth rate for many commonly cultivated bamboo plants in temperate climates is in the range of 3–10 centimeters per day, during the growing period.
Bamboo sub-species are found in diverse climates, from the cold and snowy mountains to hot and sultry tropical regions. Bamboo is found in East Asia, Northern Australia, the Indian Himalayas, in sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and South America, including Argentina and Chile. Continental Europe is one major geographic that does not have bamboo as a natural resources, so these countries have to import it for commercial purposes.
In the U.S., several companies are growing, harvesting, and distributing different types of bamboo. Bamboo is a versatile plant that has applications in several areas, such as culinary, medicinal, construction, textiles, paper, and as musical instruments.) Bamboo grows in two main ways: understory herbaceous bamboos, and woody bamboos. Research applying molecular analysis claims that there are three to five primary lines of bamboo, and four of these are acknowledged: 1) paleotropical woody, 2) temperate woody, 3) neotropical woody. and 4) herbaceous.