We often get asked about whether our bamboo furniture is part of the decline in panda habitat, declining food sources, and their endangerment. Proudly, we can say, “No, it is not.”
Fact 1: Not All Types of Bamboo are Eaten by Pandas
When most of us think of pandas, the image of one happily eating bamboo comes to mind. Bamboo is the main food source for Giant Pandas.
Bamboo is “99 percent of their food—one reason they are relatively low-energy animals. To derive enough nutrients, pandas eat 20 to 40 pounds of plant material a day.” [source: National Geographic]
There are many different types of bamboo, however, and not all of it is eaten by pandas. “Pandas like eating arrow bamboo, black bamboo, and ‘water bamboo’, along with about 20 other species.” Greenington’s products are made of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens), which is not one of the types of bamboo that pandas eat and live in.
Fact 2: Location Matters
While they used to live “throughout southern and eastern China, as well as neighboring Myanmar and northern Vietnam… most of the remaining wild pandas now live in the Minshan and Qinling mountains” in South Central China.
Moso bamboo – the only kind we use in our products – grows in the lower elevations, far from panda mountain habitat. Pandas neither eat it nor use it for making their homes.
Fact 3: Certified Safe
While we are grateful to know pandas were deemed no longer endangered in 2016, they are far from in the clear as a species; industrialization and hunting/poaching continue to threaten their survival. As conditions and needs for pandas are evolving, we recognize the need to ensure that our source materials and harvesting methods remain sustainable, not just as a renewable product, but also as a responsible part of the overall ecosystem.
This is one of the reasons we are proud to say our factories are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, recognized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF – formerly the World Wildlife Fund – dedicated to the survival of pandas since its inception in 1961) as the world’s leading certification agency for sustainable and responsibly managed forests of every kind.
We love pandas and are as committed to their survival as we are to making beautiful, high quality, sustainable furniture, neither of which will ever change. This is why customers can trust that when they choose a Greenington product they are getting the best in eco-friendly furniture for their home and the planet.