More on Marmoleum
Treehugger has marvelled at Marmoleum before (marblized linoleum flooring) but we just attended a presentation where we held the ingredients in our hands and we were so impressed that we thought a little more detail was in order.
The main ingredient is linseed oil, produced by pressing seeds from flax, an easy to cultivate and abundant plant.Pine Rosins act as a flexible binder. Pine Rosin is extracted from pine trees around the world.They used to use cork, but have turned to wood flour, a very fine sawdust made from controlled European sustainable forests.Ecologically friendly natural pigments are usedand the backing is natural jute grown and woven in India and Bangladesh.
The ingredients are squeezed through rollers onto the backing, and hung up to dry, draped over rollers, exactly as they have done for 150 years.
add to the mix that it is naturally antibacterial and antistatic, and has a useful life of 40 years, and it is hard to think of how a flooring product could be more "green" than this. ::Marmoleum