Linoleum, Cork Linoleum and Artoleum Flooring
These three flooring products are some of the best in the environmentally conscious flooring business. Made from all natural ingredients with an incredible life span, and unique design possibilities. These floors are a perfect fit for a sexy green home.
The Environmental Impact of Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum flooring is one of the oldest types of organic flooring materials that continues to improve over time. Linoleum is made through the combination of linseed oil with other natural materials such as limestone, wood flour and rosin to form granules which are pressed into a natural backing to produce linoleum sheets which are then hung to dry and cure.
To truly see the environmental qualities of linoleum, lets break down the materials used to produce it:
- Linseed Oil - Linseed oil is produced from the seeds of the flax plant which is pressed to release this essential oil. Linseed oil is also known as flax seed oil which is commonly used as a very healthy natural cold pressed oil as it is high in omega-3 fatty acids and is therefore a great substitute for extra virgin olive oil.
- Rosin - Rosin is the natural binding agent used in producing linoleum floors. Rosin is a resin commonly found in coniferous trees primarily pine trees and other plants. The extraction of this resin has no effect on the health and growth of the trees.
- Wood Flour - Wood flour is an important ingredient for linoleum floors as it acts as a binder for color pigments ensuring that the color will remain vibrant throughout the floors life. Wood flour is manufactured as a wood industrial by-product where the wood used is from renewable resources and is also 100% biodegradable.
- Cork Flour - Cork flour is used to produce cork linoleum flooring and is made from the waste of the cork industry from the production of bottle stoppers.
- Limestone - Limestone is found in all parts of the world and in substantial quantity. Limestone is finely ground and becomes an important ingredient for the production of linoleum floors.
- Pigments - Certain companies today are producing stunning patterns and designs through the use of ecologically responsible pigments that do not contain harmful heavy metals.
- Jute - Jute is a long and soft vegetable fibre and is second in importance to cotton! Jute is primarily grown and harvested in India and Bangladesh. This fibre is used to create a natural backing for linoleum flooring and is 100% biodegradable.
Other environmental aspects to consider with these floors is the fact that they last a very long time! These floors are known to have a life span of 25 to 40 years!
To dispose of linoleum floors they can either be incinerated as the materials used to produce the floor are natural and were also grown therefore contributing to the absorption of CO2, a natural eco-cycle. The other option is to dispose in a landfill as these floors are entirely biodegradable!
The Health Impact of Linoleum Flooring
Linoleum flooring is the winner for the most healthy floor you can install within a green home! Linoleum is a leader primarily because of the magical properties of linseed oil. As linseed oil oxidizes it prevents bacteria such as Salmonella Typhimurium, and Staphylococcus Aureus from breeding and multiplying. No matter the age of linoleum or the finishing that it may receive, this product will always remain anti microbial. It also repels dust, and dirt which is why this product is commonly used in hospitals and schools.
Types of Linoleum Flooring
Although many flooring manufacturers are offering linoleum flooring as an option, there is one that stands out above all the rest.
Forbo Flooring Systems is most definitely the leading manufacturer in the linoleum flooring industry offering more products than any other company with a sound corporate environmental structure.
Forbo Flooring offers traditional linoleum flooring, cork linoleum flooring and their latest addition Artoleum. Artoleum in particular is a fantastic green flooring product as this series offers an inspiring spectrum of colors and designs. Although Artoleum Artoleum is primarily marketed as a solution for offices and businesses it is worth looking into!
Linoleum is one of our personal favorites for a sexy green home as it is truly unique! It can definitely add character and style with its endless possibilities of color and design. It is more expensive than other products however it is 100% biodegradable and is also a completely natural anti microbial. floor. Pretty fantastic really.