Teragren – Great example of 360 Sustainability

 

A couple months ago we posted a praise of Fireclay Tile for their success in making beautiful tile and setting a high bar for sustainable, local manufacturing. Companies who make it their mission to deliver value across multiple spectrums are our favorite recommendations to clients.

For this post we want to offer the same praise to Teragren Inc. We had the opportunity to partner with them alongside Fireclay for the finishes to our Green Vision display home. (currently on exhibit with the City of Palo Alto as a sustainability showcase)

Teragren produces gorgeous bamboo wood products and have made a significant contribution to increasing the adoption of renewable bamboo over timber in the building industry. In the almost 20 years since Teragren was founded, they have successfully commercialized flooring, cabinetry, retail displays, and countertop products using sustainably grown bamboo and following the principles of the Natural Step framework.

For anyone interested in how bamboo products are made, the manufacturing page on Teragren’s website does a fantastic job. There is a detailed and educational overview of the process from farming to harvesting to assembly. Scrolling through pictures on the products page, it’s impressive to see the quality and variety of building products that one species of plant can deliver.

Of the multiple benefits Teragren’s bamboo wood products offer, our favorite is the attention paid to VOCs. Our clients are interested in picking interior products that will create a healthy indoor environment.  All of Teragren’s product lines qualify as low emitting materials under LEED and they offer several product lines – butcher blocks and counter tops especially – that use 100% formaldehyde-free adhesives.

We encourage you to check out Teragren as a finish choice for your next remodel or backyard cottage project.