You may not think of vinyl as your choice for eco-friendly. You may also think that vinyl and linoleum are the same thing. They are not. Linoleum is made from natural materials, whereas vinyl is man-made. Linoleum biodegrades. Whereas vinyl can be recycled, it does not decompose on its own.
There are, however, advantages to vinyl that linoleum cannot match:
Vinyl, like linoleum, comes in two forms. The first is a sheet which is cut to fit. This can be a tricky operation, particularly for a newbie. While care and cautious measurement can reduce the risk of error, one bad cut can cost you a lot of money. For this reason, sheet vinyl can actually be harder to install than a wood or tile floor.
Consider the possibilities available to you in the second form of vinyl, the tile. This is often an excellent choice for the do-it-yourselfer because it's the easiest to lay. By mixing and matching tile colors and patterns, you can really draw out your creativity. Children's playrooms can be a great place to try your hand at this, particularly when you consider that the vinyl is so easily cleaned and disinfected.