Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TV Room Becomes "EcoRoom"

TV Room Becomes EcoRoom from Vicki Dabrowka on Vimeo.

I often tease my husband that if he is not careful, he's going to be accused of drinking the "eco-koolaid" just simply due to prolonged exposure to me. He typically laughs, and agrees with me, telling me it's a risk he's willing to take. Well, it just may be beginning to happen!

You know you have truly become a grown up when you find yourself saying things such as "For my birthday I want to get rid of the carpet in the TV room and put in hard wood flooring."  These were the words this past spring from my husband.  Truthfully, who can blame him given that the off-white carpeting has been more "off-colored" than "in" for years.  My question: who puts in white carpeting?  The eternal optimist apparently, who doesn't have kids or dogs, and moves out before reality sets in!

So, we bit the bullet and made the plan for wood flooring.  And, as I mentioned in a previous GTG post, my husband (good man that he is) agreed that we could go the bamboo, sustainable route.  Even better, we went with an eco-friendly underlayment made from recycled tires, which will ultimately help with sound reduction and insulation.  Very cool. 

So what's an eco-koolaid-drinking, edtech-kind-of-teacher to do to celebrate her sustainability home plan?  Why, make an iMovie about it, of course.  So, check it out above

For those of you on the fence about whether to "bamboo" or not, here are some interesting bamboo flooring fun facts:

✒ Strand woven bamboo flooring is one of the hardest types of wood flooring out there.  Our friends at Lumber Liquidators told us that it is the 5th hardest wood out there.

✒ Bamboo (a grass) grows incredibly fast--faster than any of our other planetary plants. It regrows and regenerates from the same roots.

✒ Fully matured, "old growth" bamboo for flooring happens after 4-7 years...as opposed to matured hardwood trees, which takes approximately 60 years to mature.

 ✒ The bamboo yield per hectacre can be up to 20 times a greater yield than a typical timber forest. Ergo, it is a much more environmentally friendly option.

✒  The species of bamboo used for flooring is not on panda's diet, so no panda will starve due to your desire for sustainable flooring.

Pictures and videos from my camera; "Determination" poster made using the Motivational Poster iPad app with our pics; iMovie made from my pics and housed over at Vimeo http://vimeo.com/46211081

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