This circa-1870’s invention is enjoying a renaissance right now, thanks to its eco-cred. In fact, this linseed oil/pine resin/ wood flour/jute-backed product is often architects’ go-to eco flooring in commercial settings, and is gaining popularity in homes, especially for kitchens and playrooms. Forbo’s Marmoleum is the top brand of linoleum and an environmentally responsible manufacturer to boot. Marmoleum comes in 1″ x 1″ tiles, 2-metre-wide sheets (cut to your desired length), and 1′ x 3′ click-in floating panels. It’s non-toxic and biodegradable, yet boasts a 40 -year lifespan, and is antimicrobial.
Caveat: Make sure you’re getting real linoleum flooring and not a synthetic version containing eco-unfriendly polyvinyl chloride (PVC).