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Going Green With Linoleum

By FAF Staff Writer, (397 words) Posted in Linoleum Flooring on September 26, 2008
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If you are looking for a green flooring alternative for your bathroom, kitchen, or just about any other room of your house, you might want to look into linoleum. Linoleum is comfortable, resilient, and contains virtually no trace of toxic material. It is also anti-static, anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, and stain- and water-resistant.

Linoleum has been a mainstay in the flooring industry for over 100 years. Although it was originally produced with some non-renewable resources such as asbestos and heavy metals, it is now one of the few products made from primarily organic materials. Natural linoleum is made from linseed oil, pine resin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and jute. These components make linoleum biodegradable and, theoretically, compostable (i.e. can be made into soil fertilizer).

Linoleum is a great all-natural alternative to other resilient floorings, like those made from polyvinyl chloride (such as sheet vinyl and vinyl composition tile). Some people still use the word linoleum to refer to vinyl flooring. Don't let this confuse you - they are not the same! When speaking to flooring retailers or manufacturers, make sure you specify that you are looking for "natural linoleum" and not vinyl.

While linoleum can be more costly than vinyl, this is offset by the fact that linoleum generally lasts longer. On average, linoleum can last 10-20 years longer than vinyl when cared for properly.

There are plenty of green flooring products that you can put in your home, and linoleum is one to consider. As long as you do your research, you should be able to find linoleum flooring that is both aesthetically appealing and better for the environment.

It should be noted that even though a particular product is made with renewable resources, it might not be entirely green. You should try to purchase flooring that is both manufactured and sold as close as possible to where you live. This can help minimize pollution as a result of the transportation of the flooring and floor products. Also, look for products that are manufactured in an environmentally-conscious manner, with a focus on pollution control. It may take some effort, but in the end you'll be left with the knowledge that you are doing your part to help preserve and protect our environment. Not to mention a beautiful and durable floor!

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Comments (23)

Dalton posted on: September 26, 2008

I have seen some beautiful things done with linoleum in the last few years. I highly recommend it to my customers.

Vikki posted on: April 13, 2009

As said above linoleum is comfortable, extremely resilient, and contains no toxic materials. It is also anti-static, hypoallergenic, and stain- and water-resistant which is what sold me in the first place! When I finally installed linoleum in my home I loved it! Its been a couple months now and Im still enjoying them as if they were brand new! I agree with Dalton-if i had customers-i would recommend them too like I do with my friends!:)

Norma posted on: October 21, 2010

Where can I find this natural linoleum? I need it for my bathroom floor's in my double-wide. Please let me know where I can find it. Thanks

Mike Hill posted on: March 12, 2012

Linoleum flooring is often confused with vinyl sheeting. The linoleum is mounted on a jute backing. Linoleum is also a naturally anti-bacterial flooring, as well as biodegradable. It usually comes in 6-7” squares with varying thicknesses. -Tire Works

Marla Ahlgrimm posted on: March 13, 2012

I haven't heard about linoleum yet but I am very much familiar with vinyl flooring. After reading your post I just learned that it is more natural than vinyl. I guess this is best to recommend.

Carl posted on: March 13, 2012

It is made from natural materials, including limestone, cord dust, recycled wood flooring and linseed oil. It was nice to know some about linoleum flooring, and I'm impressed with these, because it protects our environment. | lead generation

VivianCalahan posted on: March 14, 2012

I have used this kind of flooring in our bathroom. It was really good. It is not slippery. - Kyle Thomas Glasser

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