Greenington furniture has a distinct look because it’s made exclusively from Moso bamboo. The bamboo grass reaches maturation in five years or less, making it a renewable material (Greenington uses only five-year-old bamboo for consistency’s sake). There are two types of Greenington bamboo: classic and exotic.
There is no eco-friendly trade-off. Classic bamboo is 20% harder than oak. The knots are ground off before the bamboo cane is put through a splitting and sizing machine. The remaining inside knots are ground off and then the outer skin is removed and milled into rectangular strips. These strips are put into a pressured steam vessel and it’s during this step that the bamboo takes on the caramelized color.
The strips are then kiln dried, machine planed, glued, and pressed together for the final material.
Greenington’s exotic bamboo is 100% harder than red oak. It’s produced from the same bamboo cane as classic bamboo, but instead of going into a pressured steam vessel, exotic bamboo strips are poured into a mold and soaked in a mixture of adhesives. The mold is heated and compressed using a four-story hydraulic press machine. Exotic bamboo takes on a darker caramel color.
The commitment to sustainability is deeper than the bamboo material. Greenington’s adhesives are well below allowable European, U.S., and California standards. The furniture is also made in ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 certified factories.