Bamboo Flooring & Fair Trade

One aspect of bamboo flooring that is rarely brought up is Fair Trade.  Fair Trade basically means that workers enjoy appropriate labor conditions and wages.  There is currently no Fair Trade certification for the bamboo industry, which means it is impossible to know if you are making a socially responsible purchase.  This problem is further augmented by the fact that bamboo flooring is manufactured almost exclusively in China, a country with a history of poor labor practices and abuses against human rights.

Comments

John

February 6, 2012

the bamboo flooring what was installed at our house on the gold coast was the worst mistake we ever made. It buckled and warped within 6 weeks of being installed .DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!

    sophie

    November 21, 2012

    ABSOLUTLEY THE WORST. I’ve been fighting this for around a year. I wanted Hardwood jarrah floors. The company said that the Bamboo flooring is the strongest and its great great for kids great the great great for the kids very hard wearing. WHAT A CROCK!! My floors stararted fraying on ends after a few started fraying on ends after a few months of installation.they have peeled, scratched and now coming are now bubbling,peeling and coming apart.I have tried everything hing and everyone keeps holding the and the companies and manufacter keep holding things off. I have know written a letter and am about to send it to Consumer Affairs. I want all my money refunded the floor is a HOAX.

Kim

January 13, 2013

I live in Brisbane and we are thinking of putting in Bamboo flooring. Doing some research and came upon this site. Can you tell me which companies you used so I can avoid them? Has anyone had a good experience with these floors?

Thanks

    Jeanne

    August 2, 2013

    Kim

    I am wondering whether you did have bamboo floors installed, and if so, could you please let me have your feedback? I too live in Brisbane and am considering bamboo flooring.

    Thanks

    Jeanne

Jeanroberts

September 6, 2013

We have bamboo flooring and two dogs that run all over it and it hasn’t scratched at all. It has been 9 months and our floors look great and we love them! I do not like however knowing that they came from China. We did purchase our new home after it was already complete, so we didn’t have a whole lot to say about the materials. We were told they held up nicely and that they were strong.

    Linda M

    February 23, 2014

    Who was the manufacturer of your flooring.

    Wish this site would make identification of the manufacturer a requirement. Not complaining, just suggesting.

    Thanks,
    LM

      Niu

      April 3, 2014

      I got mine from Cali Bamboo. They were strong on the sales saying that it was a good product for Hawaii’s climate, but when the floors came and didn’t click together, they blamed my installer then told me to wait another month (was already acclimating for a month). I’m just grateful I bought it from Lowe’s. Now the samples I got in December are molding after only 3 months. Nothing else is molding here. I can only speak of my experience with Cali Bamboo, but I’d say that if you go with them, you better hope you don’t get a defective product!

Donna

June 24, 2014

I’m curious if anyone has used Teragren flooring – I understand their bamboo is the best, harvested when older than 6 years (this makes the bamboo the hardest it can be. More expensive, recommend that it is either glued or nailed down (from what I read, one should not float a bamboo floor). There are so many brands, so many companies trying to get into the bamboo fad, must be very careful. Lumber Liquidators seems to be consistently terrible – their product cheap and doesn’t hold up at all.

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