Hi! Well generally the answer is yes. Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood and can grow rather quickly. In fact, it takes about 5-7 years for bamboo to grow to full maturity and be ready for harvesting. So it’s a sustainable option versus oak trees which can take up to 60 years to reach maturity. However, remember where you purchase your bamboo flooring from. The company who harvests the bamboo may not be doing it the most eco-friendly way for the enviroment and surrounding wildlife.
As deniseapril said, bamboo is technically not a wood, but it is a very sustainable substitute for wood. Cork is another great option for a wood substitute. Cork is actually harvested from the bark of the tree rather than the tree itself. Cork is softer than hardwood or bamboo, so it is great for people with weak joints. It also insulates very well. My family chose to put cork flooring (and FSC certified cabinets) in their kitchen when they remodeled. I’m not sure if it is better than bamboo or not, but it is definitely in the running. Duro Design describes it as “the ultimate green flooring material,” so I guess it is better than bamboo according to the analysis they have done on it.
If you want real wood, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an organization that certifies sustainable wood.
A bamboo floor is generally renewable source, it is a grass and grows quickly. The oak trees takes about 120 years to grow to it’s full length and bamboo can normally be found there too! According to the Environemental building news, “Environmentally, it’s hard to argue with a wood substitute that matures in three years, regenerates without need for replanting, and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides.” About 6 million people in China work in bamboo and 600 million people worldwide rely on income from it. The bamboo forests can also cause an environmental impact by destroying the forests from deforestation.
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