Forget fir, go with bamboo!

Bamboo is all the rage as a sustainable material. For years, it’s been a popular source for manufacturers of kitchenware, such as dishes and utensils. These days, it’s also used for flooring and furniture.

While 16 percent harder than maple, bamboo is actually a grass. New shoots grow from it on a continual basis, so unlike trees, bamboo doesn’t have to be replanted once it’s harvested. It also grows ridiculously fast: up 2 feet per day for some species.

Hollywood-based Totally Bamboo for years has been using the product for a variety of lightweight, durable products. The company was the first to make cutting boards from the material a decade ago, and has recently come out with a line of bamboo sinks.

Fortunately for green consumers, bamboo is also attractive.