Marmoleum – a natural and sustainable flooring solution
Specifiers are increasingly turning to Marmoleum for its eco-friendly credentials and aesthetic design potential as Julie Dempster, Marketing Manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, explains
Marmoleum, Forbo’s world leading linoleum brand, has long been specified for its durability, ease of maintenance and excellent inherent anti-bacterial properties. Made predominantly from renewable natural raw materials, it offers the perfect resilient flooring solution for any project where sustainability is a prerequisite. Marmoleum floor coverings contain 97% natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, and a 40% recycled content.
Linseed oil is the key raw material. The oil is a renewable crop produced by the seeds of the flax plant. Other harvestable and renewable raw materials are pine rosin, which is mixed in with the solidified linseed oil; woodflour, a fine sawdust from managed softwood plantations; very finely ground limestone, and jute, a natural vegetable fibre.
Marmoleum is also naturally biodegradable, fitting perfectly in sustainable building concepts and has been specified within many BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated projects across the UK.
A natural floorcovering, efficiently produced in terms of energy and waste, Marmoleum performs exceptionally well in Independent Life Cycle Assessment studies (LCAs), which take all environmental impacts related to a product into consideration from cradle to grave - from raw materials, pre-processing, production, distribution, installation, use, maintenance and recycling to disposal.
In addition, Marmoleum now has eleven independently awarded eco-labels, including the Nature Plus Label, and its most recent accreditation, the Blue Angel mark. Since 1996 Forbo has maintained The Nordic Swan Label for Marmoleum, one of the highest regarded ratings across the built environment. This Scandinavian eco label is of particular value as it is only awarded to the most sustainable product in each category,indicating that its environmental impact is less than competitors with similar performance characteristics.
Whilst sustainability is undoubtedly at the top of everyone’s agenda, the rising demand for Marmoleum is not just a response to growing environmental concerns. It is also because of the ever expanding and versatile collections of designs we are able to offer, with aesthetics to suit every sector of the market.
Our latest Marmoleum collection, “The Unexpected Nature of Linoleum”, draws inspiration from the more unusual shades and colour combinations found in the natural world.Taking a new look at the power of nature, the collection contains luminescent sea greens, stormy blues, volcanic coppers and mountain range ochres – all of which have been inspired by real landscapes such as the Alcantara gorge in Sicily, LjÓtipollura ‘crater lake’ in Iceland and Shilin stone forest in China.
With nine linear and nine marbled designs in the new collection, Unexpected Nature provides enormous scope for specifiers to create highly imaginative floor schemes, and further extends the desirability and versatility of Marmoleum, a natural and remarkably sustainable flooring solution.