The essence of a circular economy is to preserve natural resources by retaining the quality and value of products and their parts, and the materials.
For a circular economy the best thing is to prevent that waste is created in the first place. Choosing a floor that lasts more then 20 years is preferred to replacing a floor every few years.
If that is not possible it helps to choose a floor that is easy to remove. This gives an opportunity to reuse it somewhere else or makes it easier to recycle the floor.
Take a look at the info graphic below to see how we close the material loop for Marmoleum step by step:
The Restoring capacity of natural resources is the bases for the circular economy. In essence linoleum is a bio-cycle product, this means that the 97% natural raw materials basically could be composted and returned to earth as nutritients to the new grown rapid natural raw materials.
This is the only way to capture CO2 in a product avoiding off-setting necessity. The use of recycled (43-47%), up-cycled (i.e. cocao shells and tall oil) and re-used (up to 15%) materials is a circular economy principle applied in Marmoleum for ages already.
By Designing differently Marmoleum is made circular in several product solutions like the de-installable Marmoleum Click, or replaceable and floating installations solutions for Marmoleum Modular.
The development of a true loose-laid linoleum floor is a high prio project in our innovation team.
In our linoleum factories, the vast majority of linoleum waste is being re-used back into Marmoleum products. Other valuable streams, like jute or furniture linoleum backing paper residuals are offered to parties that upcycle them into highly valuable or social responsible products.
A zero waste to landfill/incineration mission is pursued, a third party waste-management consultant is hired to reduce and upcycle all remaining wastestreams.
With the cross-docking logistics and reuse of materials like pallets, circular principles are applied to the linoleum supply chain. Packaging of Marmoleum is made from renewable paper and often re-purposed as masking protection paper or template during installation.
During installation, no waste needs to be made, while Forbo offers the 'Back to the Floor' service in countries close to our factories.
Installation residues are collected and added to the recycling system on our sites, contributing to the 43% recycled content in Marmoleum. Also note that Modular flooring reduces installation waste by approx. 7%, compared to sheet flooring
In the use phase, the most important circular principle is a long product life time, and this is exactly one of the key strengths of Marmoleum due its durability and timeless design. To further extent the lifetime, Marmoleum can be renovated and even restored to new with UV Careshield
End of life, Marmoleum is in essence compostable, though that's a non- preffered low value solution.
Renoleum projects are initiated since the beginning of 2018 and several end-of-life remanufacturing concepts are developed with partners, out of post-consumer linoleum floors.