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Marmoleum

Marmoleum

A Natural Winner! Forbo Marmoleum floors are associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design. Our Marmoleum range includes solutions for virtually any type of application. Discover the versatile world of Marmoleum with over 300 colors and 9 different structures to choose from, available in sheet and modular tile formats.

Marmoleum, Forbo's main linoleum brand, stands for versatility in application as well as in color and design. In addition this natural floor covering is extremely duarble and offers the most sustainable choice whenever a resillient floor is considered.

All Marmoleum floors now include Topshield2, a double UV cured finish that takes care of beautiful floors with a lasting apprearance retention, that results in the flooring solution with the lowest costs of ownership over its life-time.

Marmoleum

LCA & EPD

Life Cycle Assessment & EPD's

At Forbo we believe an open, honest and transparent approach to demonstrating a sustainable attitude is the only way to show the credits we attribute to our products and processes. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a recognised methodology we use to determine and measure the impact on the environment of any product during its creation, use and what remains when a product reaches its end of life by measuring a set number of impact categories. Click here to view Forbo's EPDs, HPDs, and more

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is the outcome of the LCA, which is published in a 3rd party verified report on a particular product. The EPD for Marmoleum verifies our claims and gives transparent insights into our test results and measurements.

Environmental Stewardship
Marmoleum is manufactured in a state-of-the-art environment where the traditional manufacturing process has been automated in efficient production lines that are run entirely on green electricity. At Forbo, we actively steer our processes toward continuous improvement, maximizing the use of recycled content in our Marmoleum and working with green design principles whenever new designs or structures are developed.

Marmoleum installation waste take-back schemes
In many of our markets we have now introduced a network to take make material from previous installations. The cuts and scraps are collected and returned to our factory. On a smaller scale, in our sampling, we take the same approach. This way, we can do our best to assure full-circle recycling even at points where our product reaches its end of life state.

Labels and Certification, recognition that goes a long way
Marmoleum is among the most rewarded and environmentally sound floor covering. We value all our labels, whether it’s the internationally recognised Swan label, the blue Angel certification, the North American Sequoia Seal or more specific labels like Nature Plus or the Austrian environmental label. Next to labels and certification, Marmoleum brings real benefits when measured against BRE or LEED certifications. Here, using a Marmoleum floor helps you in the overall rating of your building.

Environment

Linoleum & the Environment

We Take the Green Road

Natural Raw Materials
Marmoleum is a natural floor made from 97% natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, along with a 43% recycled content. The key raw materials used in its production include linseed oil, which comes from the flax plant seeds, wood flour as production waste from controlled forestry plantations and jute, a crop whose fibres provide the material for the membrane onto which the linoleum is calendared.

Natural Habitat
What makes Marmoleum special is that it is created entirely from raw materials obtained from their natural habitat right where they grow and renew, often in just 12 months time. Jute and flax are annual crops that can be harvested just like wheat or corn. Extracting rosin is a continuous process, while wood flour, a waste material from the timber industry, is derived from European production forests. Limestone is available in abundance.

Biodegrade
All this makes Marmoleum a natural floor covering, one that, after a long 30-plus year life cycle, can start all over again. Marmoleum can be scrapped, since it’s biodegrade. Alternatively, controlled incineration of Marmoleum delivers a higher caloric value and creates thermal energy that outweighs the energy used during production. This demonstrates the full life cycle circle from which nature ultimately benefits.

We take the green road

Topshield2

Floor performance in the real world

Topshield2 is a floor finish, developed by Forbo for Marmoleum. This high performing water-based finish provides an occupancy-ready floor that requires no initial maintenance or polymer application. Marmoleum with Topshield 2 even more resistant to dirt pick-up, less prone to wear and has improved resistance to scratches, scuffs, and stains. Download Topshield 2 brochure:

The reality of the day-to-day life of a floor is that it encounters both ‘use and abuse’ without being able to balance its performance with a prescribed cleaning and maintenance regime, as in reality, this is not always carried out exactly on time. The floor needs to withstand the traces of every day use; the weather of the season, the footprints and dirt carried into the building, the scratches and stains occurring by accident as well as the overall retention of the appearance of the floor over time. Even where every floor starts out as a new floor just after installation, it will need to keep up is performance over a lifetime of many years. Marmoleum has a proven track record and also now is the modern floor for lasting performance: today, tomorrow, forever.

Topshield2

150 Years Linoleum

Celebrating 150 Years of Linoleum

Frederick Walton
Frederick Walton discovered linoleum and patented its manufacturing process in 1863. It is quite remarkable that a product, discovered in the days of gas lights and horse-drawn carriages, is still used in applications for which it was originally designed, such as flooring in health care and educational facilities.

Impressive References
Over 100 years and more linoleum has found its way in an incredible large number of buildings all over the world; the dining hall flooring for the famous Alcatraz prison in San Francisco, CA, the elegant White House in Washington, DC, or Buckingham palace in London, the Kremlin in Moscow, the German Reichstag , the Sorbonne University in Paris and even Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam (1938) featured linoleum,

Also today many of the new public buildings world wide are installed with Marmoleum, from the new opera house in Olso or the latest tribal art museum from Jean Nouvelle in Paris. Marmoleum remains a classic that is loved by architects because of its authenticity and versatility.

Bauhaus Institute
One of the expressions of modernism in the arts, crafts and architecture was created through the German Bauhaus institute, which settled in Dessau in 1925. Bauhaus, for many, is the origin of modern architecture that spread from Europe to North America and all over the world. A Forbo Marmoleum classic - “Berlin red” - still can be seen in the restored Bauhaus.

Bauhaus, Reiner Becker Architekten

Making Linoleum

We take pride in creating Marmoleum

The craft of manufacturing linoleum has evolved over the last 150 years. Forbo has been driving this development through its Marmoleum brand. Making Marmoleum is an art, which is not learned at any trade - or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum. Determining the correct mixture of ingredients, allowing the right time for raw materials to settle, applying the correct temperature and pressure all skills Marmoleum Experts must master. We are proud of our experts, as they take pride in creating every piece of Marmoleum.

Our proud linoleum craftsmen

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