Today more than half of the world’s population, over 54%, is living in urbanized areas. On average we are spending around 80%-90% of our time indoors and this will only increase. No wonder that the focus on quality of the indoor environment, and the attention given to green architecture and healthy buildings, is becoming more prominent. As our floors are part of the indoor environment in which people live, meet and work, it is our mission to design and offer products that contribute in a positive way to the health and comfort of the individual.
Benefits of Marmoleum:
✔ Prevent the growth of bacteria
✔ Allergy approved
✔ Phthalate free
✔ Low emission
The larger problems of bacterial infestation and indoor environmental health may not lend themselves to quick, easy solutions. Some steps can create an immediate improvement. A good first move is to replace products that add to the problem with ones that reduce the risk naturally. Independent tests prove that MRSA and staphylococcus aureus do not multiply on Marmoleum
Marmoleum is made of natural ingredients that resist microbial growth by their very nature. Thanks to the natural raw materials that go into the production (Specifically flax seed oil) Marmoleum gets its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.
Our Marmoleum floor coverings have been awarded the prestigious “Seal of Approval” from Allergy UK, with the correct cleaning regime, they will not harbor allergens or house dust mites.
A recent report by Allergy UK estimates that there are at least 12 million people who are “allergic to their own home” - with 58% citing house dust mites as a key trigger. Therefore the importance of floor coverings in creating better indoor environments should not be overlooked.
It’s also an issue that shouldn’t be ignored by educational, healthcare, office establishments or social care - in fact any place where people are likely to spend a prolonged period.
Phthalates are a family of chemical compounds primarily used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl flexible and pliant. The phthalates widely selected to soften vinyl are used because of their strong performance, durability and stability. Because they are used to soften vinyl and make it flexible, in these applications they are called “plasticizers.”
Exposure to certain kinds of phthalates has been linked to the rise in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Created from natural, renewable materials, Marmoleum flooring is the most sustainable resilient flooring available. It contains no phthalates, no plasticisers and no mineral oil.
The HPD Open Standard is a voluntary technical specification that reports product contents and the associated health information. The HPD Open Standard was developed by manufacturers, architects, designers, specifiers, contractors, and scientists. HPDs enable manufacturers to disclose information from meeting minimum requirements to full disclosure and transparency.
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The best way to reduce sound is at the source. That’s why acoustic floors are key when it comes to reducing noise in buildings. Sound is generated by almost all everyday activity. Impact sound is generated by traffic contacting the floor surface. The floor is therefore also the main area where acoustic performance can be influenced.
Our acoustic linoleum floors create a healthy environment by combining sustainability with excellent sound reduction properties. The impact sound reduction of Forbo's acoustic Marmoleum floors varies from 14 to 19 dB.