Some floor mats are industry-specific, like grease-resistant mats that are needed in commercial kitchens and garages, or anti-static ones in facilities that process or use items that are highly sensitive to static electricity. Other floor mats, on the other hand, are more seasonal. Outdoor waterhog mats, for instance, are used more during the wetter and colder seasons because they hold in more moisture.
Disposable paper towels are problematic, ecologically speaking. There is mounting evidence – here, here, and here, for starters – that show how paper towels are negatively impacting the environment in bigger ways than we had once thought.