Pros & Cons of Bamboo Floors

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    Growth

    • Being a grass, bamboo grows much more quickly than any tree and needs little fertilizing (bamboo is usually mature within three to five years, with the species used most often in flooring coming to maturity in three years). It also produces a lot of oxygen to combat carbon dioxide output. On the other hand, due to the popularity of bamboo flooring, some bamboo producers have begun cutting down forests to plant fields of bamboo. Though bamboo flooring is supposed to be more durable than hardwood flooring, bamboo that is harvested at too young an age may be prone to denting and warping.

    Manufacture

    • Formaldehyde is often present in glues used for making bamboo planks, or used in the glues to install the bamboo flooring. There is little regulation regarding working conditions or pay for Chinese employees, or the practices used in the manufacturing of the bamboo planks. Some of the practices produce a lot of solid waste and air pollution.
      Bamboo flooring is offered in different colors, some more eco-friendly than others, and installation options.

    However...

    • There are bamboo retailers who will only buy products from Forest Stewardship Council-certified importers. These products have passed requirements for environmental and social responsibility. This means there are products available which are formaldehyde-free, and were bought from responsible producers in China who are using natural bamboo groves or existing plantations. Another benefit to bamboo flooring is that, as most of the bamboo imported to the United States is from the Hunan Province in China, or from Vietnam, pandas are unaffected by the harvesting.

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