In the past we've talked about how cork flooring presents one of the best alternatives to conventional flooring materials for homeowners devoted to green living. Another option that may provide more flexibility in terms of color and style is linoleum.
Yes, that linoleum. You may remember it as the ugly material that you stepped on when roaming your high school hallways, or perhaps you used it for craft projects in art classes. While linoleum isn't exactly new technology, it remains one of the most sustainably produced, practical and aesthetically tasteful flooring options.
For starters, linoleum is made from linseed oil, which is derived from the linseed plant. As Living Green Magazine notes, the other materials used to make up linoleum, including the pine rosin and wood flour that give it its structure, are derived from renewable sources, typically sustainably-raised pine trees.
Like cork flooring, its also water resistant and easy to clean. Not only does this keep it from rotting, but it also makes it less susceptible to bacterial growth, which can affect your family's health.
But most importantly for the stylish homeowner, linoleum is no longer the ugly, dull material that you remember from your childhood. Manufacturers such as Forbo Flooring, who produce their own trademarked formula known as Marmoleum, have created linoleum flooring systems in hundreds of colors and styles, and one of the benefits of this material is that it doesn't lose its color over time. The pigments penetrate beneath the surface, so even as you continue to walk on it, it will retain its vibrancy.
If you're planning to redo your floors any time soon, consider linoleum for an environmentally friendly option.