OK LISTEN UP. most of the comments her are from people who have fallen on their heads. I am a contractor who has also travelled the world.
Here's the scoop on bamboo flooring.
1) Bamboo grows like a weed in Asia. So don't worry about your little panda, he's ok.
2) Bamboo is one of hardest natural plants in the world. They build bridges in Asia completely out of bamboo. My floor installers need special nails to nail down bamboo because m,ost nails will bend because its so hard. So you guys who have scratched bamboo floors should stop buying your floors at the dollar store and get the real stuff.
3) Because bamboo grows like crazy, and is from Asia, (and don't worry, you won't die from intoxication from Chinese products, you protectionist tree huggers who should get off your high horses and open your eyes).
4) the richest homes with people who know style and aren't shopping at dollar store floors r us or some imitation floor and hang bag bargain store or crap like it, know what they're talking about and have gorgeous bamboo floors. Trust me, if you are actually buying bamboo floors (the real stuff) its harder than oak, maple, birch, cherry or any other floor. DO YOUR FREAKIN' HOMEWORK and stop eating the crap the hardwood floor guys are writing here.