Linoleum was first produced in England in 1860, and it became a standard floor covering in kitchens and bathrooms. Although it is easy to clean and water resistant, it lost its appeal in the 1960s and '70s, when more stylish vinyl flooring hit the market.
The fabrication of Marmoleum employs the same production techniques as the original linoleum floor coverings. No toxins are used in the process, and no volatile chemicals are released.
Just like linoleum, the composition of Marmoleum is all-natural. Primarily composed of linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name, it also contains natural pigments, by-products of sustainably harvested wood and jute fabric.
No toxic adhesives are used to install Marmoleum, and it is available in an assortment of planks, rolls and tiles. Because the material is dyed throughout, colors maintain their brightness and resist fading.
Marmoleum has the same hygienic benefits of linoleum. Because of the ongoing oxidation of linseed oil, it has natural anti-bacterial properties that hinder the growth of harmful micro-organisms, Living Green Magazine says.