Linoleum Makes a Comeback
Linoleum, invented and named by an Englishman in the mid-19th century, holds the distinction of being the first brand name to become a generic term due to its wide use. While its popularity as a flooring material subsided after WWII with the introduction of vinyl flooring, the material has seen recent resurgence due to its environmentally friendly composition. Unlike vinyl, which is synthetically produced, linoleum is made from naturally occurring materials such as linseed oil, wood flour, and tree resin. In addition, the process for producing linoleum is simpler than vinyl, thus releasing fewer toxins and requiring less energy.