Consumers have gotten smart about their purchasing power. By opting for eco friendly products, they can have a larger impact on the world around them. As we all know, the worlds resources are not infinite. Earth Day is just around the corner and we’d like to make sure that everyone is aware of these green options. Did you know that we produce enough trash to equal the weight of the Empire State Building?
Patio Productions specializes in modern outdoor furnishings. We carry a collection of eco-friendly outdoor sets that allow you to lay back with peace of mind. Become an eco-conscious shopper by visiting Patio Production today! https://www.patioproductions.com/
Eco Fact: Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months.
5 Eco-friendly Outdoor Furnishing Materials
This is a list that I’ve compiled. Green materials are the future of the next generation. It’s encouraging to know that Eco-friendly designs are among the top Outdoor Trends in 2014. This shows that people are taking these things into mind when they shop. When everybody does their part, we can all make a huge impact!
Eco Fact: 84% of household waste can be recycled.
1. Polyethylene Wicker
Polyethylene wicker is a synthetic resin that is 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It is an alternative to plastic and PVC wickers that end up in landfills. You may have been in a store and witnessed a sectional set for half the price. The reason is that these are commonly made using PVC. PVC plastics pose a threat to the environment as they are not bio-degradable.
A few months ago I created a detailed post that will help you sift through all of the flimsy furniture sets that use harmful materials. You’ll be able to distinguish between quality wicker apart from the cheap stuff after you read it! The Acapulco Chat set is green product that has been trendy in the past year or so. Featured on Apartment Therapy and other high-profile sites, the Acapulco chairs are inspired by a cultural trend with roots in Mexico.
Eco Fact: Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space and 60 pounds of air pollution.
Polywood All Weather Furnishings makes some really cool Adirondacks. Polywood lumber is made primarily of post-consumer waste including milk, detergent, and shampoo bottles. Their chairs, coffee tables, and lounge chairs are fused with UV-inhibited pigment systems, and foaming compounds. It’s amazing that they are able to create these furnishings with over 90% recycled plastic!
Eco Fact: Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year.
3. FSC-Certified Teak
Teak wood is one of the most reliable outdoor materials. Teak is one of the only woods that contains its own natural oils. This is how teak furnishings are able to retain their glow without drying out. In the past, raw materials have been exploited for commercial purposes.
To prevent this, many manufacturers and growing plants have pushed to implement sustainable growing practices. Under this strategy, trees and plants are allowed to mature before being cut down. This protects natural ecosystems. Along with that, FSC regulations prevent illegal logging, reduces pesticide use, and place more control and oversight over eco-friendly woods.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organization that was established in 1993 in to “promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.” If you’re interested in learning more about FSC Certified Wood, you can visit their website or read this article from House Logic.
Eco Fact: At least 50 million acres of rainforest are lost every year, totaling an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined.
4. Haskell Steel
Haskell steel makes stainless steel furniture using 304 EAF stainless steel. This is most recycled material in the United States. Haskell’s steel contains 85% recycled content plus its strong, non-flammable, low maintenance, and extremely durable.
Eco Fact: If the entire world lived like the average American, we’d need 5 planets to provide enough resources.
5. Sunbrella Cushions
Sunbrella is the premier fabric of choice when it comes to outdoor cushions. What’s more, Sunbrella recycles all fiber and fabric remnants to upcycle them for other purposes. They also use a coloring and dying method that avoids prevents the release of harmful liquid waste. Sunbrella fabrics are available in over 100 fabrics. You can read this detailed post to learn more about Sunbrella Cushions and Fabrics.
Eco Fact: the Earth has less than 4% of its forests left.
About the Author
Cheryl Khan is a writer and designer who encourages others to become environmentally conscious. She brings her own bag to the grocery store and has hopes of going with an electric vehicle in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed!