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Bamboo is known as a "rapidly renewable resource." It's actually a fast-growing grass that can be harvested in three to seven years—a relatively short cycle compared to slower-growing trees. Using bamboo and other rapidly renewable resources like cork reduces pressure to harvest natural forests.

Bamboo flooring, which is as durable as most hardwoods, is manufactured by cutting bamboo stalks into narrow strips and gluing these strips together. Typically this bamboo layer is then glued to a backing made of compressed wood fibers, such as medium-density or high-density fiberboard (MDF or HDF).

Bamboo has become a very popular for residential flooring, so you'll find many brands and a wide selection of styles. To help you get started, we've highlighted a few bamboo flooring products that are particularly green—they are either third-party certified to have low VOC emissions, FSC-certified to have come from sustainably managed sources, or both.

AmbientAmbient Bamboo Floors
Ambient's zero-VOC bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly choice that's safe for infants, children and pets. The company offers some FSC-certified sustainably harvested bamboo flooring products as a special order (longer lead times and additional charges may apply). Ambient's products come in many styles, grains and colors, and several different installation methods, including a do-it-yourself click-lock option... LEARN MORE ►

Bamboo HardwoodsConstrukt Line Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo Hardwoods offers many styles of bamboo flooring across its five flooring lines. The Construkt line uses solid bamboo with micro-beveled edges for a traditional plank appearance, and is 100% FSC-certified bamboo from top to bottom. The Hybrid and Loft lines consist of engineered bamboo flooring made with 100% FSC-certified bamboo. The Suite line of strand-woven bamboo flooring is made with 100% FSC-certified compressed bamboo that is extremely hard and difficult to dent. LEARN MORE ►

Cali BambooFossilized Bamboo Flooring
Cali Bamboo flooring undergoes a proprietary manufacturing process that gives their Fossilized strand woven bamboo flooring a high density and durability. Their products are available in easy-to-install click lock or tongue and groove options. Cali Bamboo offers a large variety of hand scraped, distressed and antiqued floors backed by 50-year residential warranty. LEARN MORE ►

Home Legend LLCPassport Collection Bamboo Flooring
Home Legend's Passport Collection of solid tongue-and-groove bamboo flooring is available in six options with smooth or hand-scraped visuals. Home Legend also offers 3/8-inch engineered bamboo flooring, and no-glue, floating bamboo flooring perfect for do-it-yourselfers. Home Legend's bamboo flooring is GreenGuard certified for low VOC emissions. LEARN MORE ►

Smith & FongStiletto Strand Bamboo Flooring
Smith & Fong offers a wide variety of FSC-certified bamboo flooring products that meet California's Section 01350 standards for low VOC emissions. Their Stiletto Strand bamboo flooring, the strongest and most durable addition to their strand flooring line, is manufactured to be three times harder than traditional red oak flooring. With click lock technology, Stiletto is easy to install and can be glued down or floated on their PlybooQuiet or Plyboo Fit underlayment systems. LEARN MORE ►

TeragrenXcora Solid Strand Bamboo Flooring
Teragren's Xcora Solid Strand Bamboo flooring offers hardness, durability and stability that are perfect for high traffic areas. Their Xcora Engineered Strand Bamboo and their Pureform Prefinished Bamboo offer flexibility and style to living rooms, dining rooms, and foyers in a variety of decor styles. LEARN MORE ►

US FloorsNatural Bamboo Collection
USFloors specifies six-year old Moso bamboo for its Traditions, Expressions and Exotiques collections of bamboo floors. As the bamboo stalk matures, it becomes more dense and the hardness increases with each passing year. By specifying six-year old mature bamboo, US Floors ensures that its bamboo floors will perform to their maximum potential. Their bamboo flooring products are available many styles, including traditional horizontal and vertical grain, solid stained and handscraped, engineered, ... LEARN MORE ►

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