Bamboo and coconut palm can work as wood substitutes and look just as warm.
Rob. D. Brodman

Wood Substitutes

What it is: Bamboo and coconut palm, like wood, make warm-toned floors. Timber bamboo (a grass) produces a hard surface that ranges from light yellow to amber. Coconut palm is handsome and richly grained; it's slightly softer and varies in color.

What makes it green: They're fast growing and underutilized, reducing the demand for lumber. The densest, best-wearing bamboo product is made of bamboo strands molded together on overlapping layers. Be sure that glues are low-VOC (volatile organic compound) and that bamboo grew to maturity.

Cost: $6 to $8 per square foot.


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