Bamboo flooring is an excellent alternative that helps us combat the excessive exploitation of natural resources that threatens the trees from which wood comes from, particularly exotic woods. So, if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, consider bamboo flooring as it also is easily biodegradable.
Bamboo flooring is not derived directly from a tree per se, given that bamboo, although it shares a lot of features with wood, is a type of grass. In fact, bamboo is a type of grass that grows very fast, as fast as a meter a day, and can adapt to any climate. That’s why, its renewability as a resource is considered to be another of its advantages – while it could take over 100 years for a hard wood tree to mature to the point where it can be used as flooring, bamboo, being a grass, readily regrows and matures in roughly 4 years.
Although there are over a thousand species of bamboo, the kind of bamboo that is used as a substitute for wood is a species called "Moso", with its largest reserve located in China. It is from this plant we obtain bamboo flooring from.
Moso Bamboo is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, toughness and durability of the floors it produces, having a guarantee of quality of up to 30 years.
In addition, bamboo flooring expands and contracts much less than other types of wood, giving it great stability. It is also anti-static and anti-allergic.
The only down side of this happy story is that most bamboo is produced in China. Sadly, over there questionable business practices are not at all uncommon. In fact, only two bamboo dealership companies have complied with ethical worker treatment agreements. Also, because of the recent rise in demand for bamboo flooring, many natural areas are being stripped at a rapid rate to grow enough bamboo to meet the current demand.
All we can do is hope that regulations will be soon put in place to ensure the appropriate treatment of workers in this industry so that everyone can benefit from the many advantages of bamboo, including our planet.