"C'mon everyone, here is the guilt free timber floor of the future" cries the marketing for bamboo flooring. However, do your homework before you buy.
As fast growing as bamboo may be, there are a lot of question marks over the remainder of it's green credentials.
- most bamboo comes from China so it has to be shipped into the country
- currently no bamboo on the market comes with any third part certification of the sustainability of their forestry and harvesting practices
- because bamboo is an engineered product, most of them use formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) adhesives to glue the bamboo together
- bleaching is necessary to provide the uniform appearance that most bamboo has
- the working conditions of the bamboo producers employees is generally unknown, as is their exposure to these dangerous substances.
We are not saying "don't use bamboo", our advice is to do your homework. Ask the hard questions before you get pressured by the marketing hype. What adhesives are used to manufacture the product? is it bleached during manufacturing? what can you tell me about the forestry practices of the producer?
If you are informed, you will get the best product.