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Bamboo Boom: Is This Material for You?

It's not just for tiki torches anymore, but does this wood substitute really make for greener floors, clothing and other products?

Smith, whose company is ­experimenting with ways to replace its formaldehyde-free glue with a nontoxic, soy-based one, says he welcomes the continued pressure to improve. “People will say, ‘Well, okay, smart guy, you took care of that issue, but what about this one?’ People are becoming both more educated and more concerned about the environment, and they’re asking more hard-hitting questions. But these increasing demands show us the road ahead.”

Note: This article was originally printed with the title, "Bamboo Boom."

This article was originally published with the title "Bamboo Boom."

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