Elephant Bark is Easy on the Feet
Anyone who has ever worked in a commercial kitchen or on a sales floor knows how hard it is on the feet to stand up all day, and how nice a soft padded floor is; that is why I have never understood why people would ever put ceramic tiles in a kitchen. Elephant bark is made from recycled tires, which are certainly not a resource in short supply- worldwide, three billion tires are thrown away each year, and eight out of ten end up in landfill or "stockpiled"- waiting for some kind of use while providing a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
It is easy to clean and can be used indoors or out, is locally made in the US and is cheap at about two bucks per square foot in quantity. Note: UMBRA used to sell placemats made from recycled tires and they really smelled for a couple of days. ::Elephant Bark found by the ::LEED Pro