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Marmoleum - Raw Materials

Natural by nature

Marmoleum, Forbo's brand of linoleum, is a floor covering made from natural raw materials. This makes Marmoleum the sustainable flooring choice.

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Marmoleum is made from the following ingredients

Flax seed oil

The main ingredient in Marmoleum is flax seed oil, produced by pressing the seeds of the flax plant. The flax plant is an easy-to-cultivate species delivering annual crops of flax seed as well as fibers for the textile industry.

Properties of Flax:
• Taking up CO2
• Almost no waste in the production chain
• Flax seed oil: a rapidly renewable raw material

Flax Flower

Wood Flour

Wood flour is obtained from the as a waste product of the timber industry. The wood of roots and branches is finely ground and used in linoleum. No tropical hardwoods are ever used.

Properties of Wood Flour:
• Trees take up CO2 during their growth
• Recycled, renewable raw material

Wood flour raw materials

Pine Rosins

Pine rosins are mixed with the vegetable oil pressed from the flax seed, to produce a flexible binder. The pine trees from which the rosins are extracted come from controlled forestry locations throughout the world.

Properties of Rosins:
• Originating from trees that take up CO2
• A rapidly renewable raw material

Pine rosins raw materials

Jute

The reverse side of Marmoleum is made from woven jute. Jute (also known as hessian or burlap) is a natural and important eco-friendly vegetable fibre. It is produced from the stalks of the jute plant. Jute is plentiful and highly renewable.

Properties of Jute:
• No waste-crop, taking up CO2 during growth
• A rapidly renewable raw material

Jute raw materials

Limestone

Limestone is one of the world’s most abundant resources. After sand, it is the most available natural material in the world.

Properties of Limestone
• Unlimited resource
• An abundant raw material

Limestone raw materials

Pigments

When it comes to our beautiful colors, only ecologically friendly pigments are used.

Properties of the Pigments
• Raw materials Titanium white - iron oxide based - durable
• Other pigments - organic

Linoleum pigments

How it's made

Making Marmoleum flooring is an art, which you can not learn at any trade - or craft school. In fact, only a handful of people know how to make Marmoleum. Find out how we make our Marmoleum.go to how it's made

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