When you think of “green” flooring you will most likely think of wood and cork, and for carpeting, wool and natural grasses. Linoleum, however, which has been around since the end of the 19th century is another one of the original “green” flooring materials. Over the years, the term “linoleum” has been used for almost any flexible tile flooring — and slowly, the majority of linoleum tile has been replaced by PVC-based (polyvinylchloride) flooring because it is so much more cost effective to produce.
Environmental benefits of Marmoleum:
Marmoleum is an excellent flooring choice if you’re concerned about your environmental footprint. The company itself is constantly looking for ways to decrease its energy consumption. For instance, in 2003, they stopped drying the linoleum in light-intensive drying rooms, and instead built greenhouses and use sun power to dry the tiles. The investment in the greenhouses has saved the company a considerable amount of money.
Linoleum itself is made almost entirely from renewable resources and consists of a combination of pine rosin, linseed oil, wood and cork flours, and limestone powder. Jute is used for the backing. Colour dyes are derived from natural pigments.
For the most part we rely on third party organizations to determine what is and isn't a "green building material." The only time we might not is when products are locally produced or no third party green designation is available for the product.