How To Make Good Green and Eco-Friendly Patio Furniture Choices
Posted Aug 09 2010 12:11pm
Shawna Coronado's floating patio made of recycled/reclaimed materials with crafted/painted reclaimed shovels and mirrors on the back wall and an aluminum Jaclyn Smith Today Dining Set in front. Photo credit Brenda Haas of BG Garden - http://www.bggarden.com.
In my search for eco-friendly patio furniture I discovered there are very few
satisfactory products that will hold up to weather well, thereby lasting longer
without replacement. There are only a few rare products made from 100% recycled
material. There are very few who are "reusing" old materials and making them
into new furniture. Therefore, part of what makes a product "green and
eco-friendly" in the choices we are offered in today's modern retail world, is
it's longevity as well as what the product offers related to human chemical
exposure, damage to the environment, and long term reuse and recyclability of
Several products are out which are greener in nature than others, for
example, the 100% recycled plastic lawn furniture which is made from a
wood-look injection molded plastic that is available in a rainbow of colors,
never needs painting or staining, is waterproof, and arsenic, copper sulfate,
and creosote toxin-free (unlike traditional treated wood furniture). Purchasing
a product made from aluminum is another positive choice, particularly if it is
made from recycled aluminum. Over 31% of all aluminum is recycled (with that
number going up regularly) and the ability to recycle the furniture when you
want to purchase a new style or get new allows you to turn the product in at a
metal recycling center.
Traditional products such as treated wood furniture do not last as long as
the newer plastic products if it is not carefully maintained. Teak furniture
should not be purchased as an earth-friendly product because teak is being
deforested in mass quantities. Unmanaged cutting has been the primary cause of
clearance or degradation of most natural teak forests in Thailand, the Lao
People's Democratic Republic, and India.
This season I was asked to review two products from Sears-Kmart. I feel both
are smart choices. My favorite of the two is the very sturdy aluminum Jaclyn Smith today Kensington 7 Piece Dining Set . Comfortable
to sit in, long lasting, and attractive, the set is also easily recyclable. I
like it as a positive green choice that is also affordable. In the photo at the
top you see the product featured on the floating patio I made of
Front porch seating area of Shawna Coronado featuring a Sears Kmart Country Living Concord Set.
On the back wall are crafted/painted reclaimed
shovels and mirrors, be sure to keep garden mirror displays low hung to avoid
harming birds. Incorporating reclaimed materials in your outdoor displays is an
easy way to keep the reclaimed materials out of the landfills.
On my front porch (right) I have a sitting area with the Sears-Kmart Country Living Concord Deep Seat Patio Set - I sit
on this four piece reversible cushion set nearly every morning and drink coffee
with my family. It's location represents a marvelous view of the 500 gallon rain
water cistern fountain and front lawn vegetable garden in my front lawn. Less
green than aluminum because it is not made from a recycled material, I
still feel this is a smarter choice because it lasts much longer than standard
wood or wicker and it does not use teak or other exotic woods which represent a
higher cost both personally and environmentally. While it is not as "recyclable"
as an aluminum set, the all-weather resin wicker is suitable for indoor and
outdoor use, making it perfect for the porch or patio. It also holds a
tremendous amount of weight, more than most plastic chairs in my experience, so
it will last longer with an active family. This set, with its sturdiness and
longevity capability means less drives to the store to buy more sets over the
years and less product thrown in the landfill. In this case, less equals
How do you make good green and eco-friendly patio furniture choices? When you think about what "green" means to you - the best choices are always
to buy products which are recyclable or made of recycled material.
Next - consider products which are longer lasting, sturdy, and will not be
thrown into the landfill when you are done using it, but could be used for
something other than its original purpose. Also, maintaining the products well
over the years means they will last longer, spending time to make this happen is important.
Being green means spending less money, but taking care of the things you have
so you do not waste as much. Both of the products featured above represent long
lasting choices for the garden if taken care of well. Make a green difference
with your lawn furniture by making smarter, well-planned choices which are
better for your family and the environment.
Shawna Coronado's relaxing summer front porch view.
*Patio furniture products were sponsored by Sears-Kmart. Learn
more about the products by clicking through the above links. My opinion on the
products have not been swayed because they were given to me to review. My
opinions are honest, forthright and represent my honest feelings on everything I