When Frederick Walton invented linoleum in 1863, it was meant to serve as a low-maintenance floor material made of natural substances. Walton may not have realized that this product was going to be as environmentally friendly as it is, even though linseed oil is one of its essential ingredients.

Often times, whenever a person thinks of linoleum, they imagine an outdated kitchen floor in color schemes that might not appeal to a contemporary audience. Despite these assumptions, architects and designers who are producing environmentally friendly products actually love using linoleum, according to Living Green Magazine.

There is a gained interest in linoleum because there are so many benefits for considering this flooring and countertop alternative. In fact, linoleum has found a way to appeal to modern tastes, coming “in a rainbow of more than 100 colors plus bright border designs,” Living Green Magazine editor Richard Kujawski writes.

When a person has a linoleum floor, users may notice that over time, the product actually feels tougher. This is the case because the linseed oil foundation “continues to cure and harden, [but] it remains quiet and comfortable,” Kujawski added.

This flooring alternative can improve a person’s health as well because of the continued oxidation of the linseed. The oxidation process repels dust accumulation, growth of micro-organisms and is water-resistant.

Younger companies looking into increasing their green recycling initiatives can benefit from products like linoleum, but remodeling an entire office with this material may not be feasible. On the other hand, used office furnishings can serve a purpose as an environmentally-friendly solution because by using these pieces you keep them from sitting in a landfill and emitting greenhouse gases there from the raw material.