One of the biggest claims made by bamboo flooring companies is that their product is eco-friendly.  This can be true, but usually bamboo flooring turns out to not be as environmentally efficient as the manufacturers claim.bamboo-forest

First of all, going back to the issue of premature harvesting, because bamboo floors tend to be less durable than hardwood floors they will have to be replaced more often, meaning more harvesting, which means less eco-friendly.

Secondly, in order to increase their profits, bamboo companies will clear cut natural forests to make room for bamboo plantations.  This destroys biodiversity, and until the bamboo is full matured in the area, it can lead to severe erosion.  The extensive use of pesticides and other chemicals can also harm the environment.

Thirdly, because it is grown in china, bamboo has to be imported to the U.S., consuming a lot of oil in shipping and contributing to the problem of global warming.

Fourthly, because of the high glue content in bamboo flooring, when it comes time to replace it, the boards will remain intact in landfills indefinitely.

Finally, there is no credible certification for bamboo products, unlike hardwoods which are governed by the FSC.  There is no accountability to make sure the bamboo is grown and harvested in an eco-friendly manner.

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