Many people don’t realize that good old linoleum is among the most eco-friendly flooring options out there. It is also one of the most affordable. Linoleum is durable and biodegradable, made up mostly of natural linseed oil, and truly low in toxins. The problem is that many people tend to associate linoleum with their parents’ or grandparents’ floors that were installed in the 1940s and 50s, including the scrubbing involved with cleaning them, and the toxic paste required to install it. Well I can tell you that linoleum has come a long, long way since then. As you can see from the photos above, it can look as clean and contemporary or simple and classic as you want it to, and there is no stinky adhesive involved.
This particular product, Marmoleum Click by Forbo is a natural linoleum product with a cork layer (also eco-friendly), that installs with the patented click system: the panels simply “click” together to cover your existing floor. This also means you can walk on it immediately after installation. It is easily installed and maintained, and it will work well in high traffic areas like kitchens or hallways. And because it is made of natural materials, you can put it in your kids’ rooms without fear of offgassing. It also is an ideal material to use if you or anyone in your family have allergies.
You can even plan your own floor design at Forbo’s website. With 18 colors to choose from, in both panels and squares, you can literally spend hours trying out new designs. Start with squares and slot a few panels in the center, try one color, or 3…just have fun with it!
Why It’s Green:
- The main ingredient in linoleum is natural linseed oil
- Biodegradable and very low in toxins
Price: $5.50-7.50 per square foot (not installed). Find a dealer.