Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum collection is one of the most sustainable floor coverings on the market, with the weighted average of its portfolio CO2 neutral (from cradle to gate) without the need to offset, which can contribute to meeting the new National Health Service (NHS England) targets of achieving net-zero emissions by 2040
Marmoleum is manufactured from 97% natural raw materials, including flax, jute and linseed oil, which are grown and harvested annually, as well as wood flour and pine rosin that are sourced from sustainably managed forestry plantations. It also boasts 43% reused and recycled content to reduce the demand for virgin raw materials.
Confirmed by the independent Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), the weighted average of Forbo’s Marmoleum range is also CO2 neutral (cradle to gate), without offsetting. The EPD shows that the CO2 removed from the atmosphere during the growing of its natural ingredients balances out the CO2 produced in the extraction, transportation and manufacturing processes. This means that, for example, using Marmoleum on a 10,000 sqm healthcare project could equate to a 66,200kg/CO2 saving when compared to a PVC vinyl floor.
In addition to its sustainability, Marmoleum is a hygienic floor covering that is easy to clean and maintain, as well as durable, safe and comfortable for both wheeled and foot traffic. In fact, it can contribute to a healthier and more hygienic environment in any area of a hospital, as it inhibits the growth of bacteria, preventing the spread of infection, such as MRSA, Norovirus and C Difficile, and stopping Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). It has also been awarded with the prestigious ‘Seal of Approval’ from Allergy UK, as with the correct cleaning regime, it will not harbour allergens or house dust mites.
What’s more, with over 300 colours and designs to choose from, Marmoleum offers true design flexibility, allowing architects and specifiers to create sustainable, healthy and hygienic healthcare environments, without having to compromise on design.