I wasn't able to attend Domotex last week in Shanghai, but I think they had a record year. All reports have been positive. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all ships, and I hope we can see the entire industry prosper more this year.

Today is the first day of the "hugged it first shirt," worn again at the request of some of the NWFA staff who weren't able to attend Surfaces. Perhaps we'll get some updated pictures to post this week.

Next week, I'll be responding to my fellow HF blogger Avi's post about bamboo and engineered flooring, and then I'll be back talking chemicals, giving you some wonderful formaldehyde stats … anyone want to guess roughly how many CARB P2 particleboards you "ate" today?

Elizabeth Baldwin has over 20 years of international wood sourcing experience. Very widely traveled, her résumé's "Special Skills" section includes "the ability to eat anything from raw horse to deep-fried scorpion." She serves as Metropolitan Hardwood Flooring's (metrofloors.com) ECO (Environmental Compliance Officer) and deals daily with the "green alphabet soup" of today's industry: FSC, CARB, LEED, and much more. She blogs for Hardwood Floors on all things green (and, as she says, " 'grey' and 'blue' and almost every color except 'black and white.' Nothing in this world is black and white, particularly not 'green issues.'")