Tis the season for buying outdoor furniture. Even in Vermont we have a couple nice days each year when everyone wants to lounge in the sun with a cold drink and a good book.
Our customers often discover us when they’re searching for American made, eco-friendly furniture. We’ve worked in collaboration with Vermont furniture makers for many years but have stuck to selling just sustainable indoor furniture for the dining room, bedroom and home office.
So when customers began to ask for outdoor porch, pool and patio furniture we were at a loss. What type of wood could we make it out of? The cherry, maple, walnut and oak woods we typically use for indoor furniture won’t hold up to outdoor conditions. Plus, we offer a lifetime guarantee on our furniture. How would we do this for an outdoor line?
We considered many options. Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably. Not an option.
So after researching all the alternatives we selected an American made wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line. It’s called poly wood and it’s made in Indiana of recycled plastic milk jugs. It’s not real wood, but it has the look, thickness, weight, and feel of real wood plus it’s virtually indestructible and maintenance free. No more scraping, painting, or weatherproofing needed. Polywood recycled plastic furniture can even be left outside year round eliminating the need for seasonal storage.
So that’s what we chose for our first outdoor furniture line. We really do feel that Polywood is the best “wood” to use for outdoor furniture. With summer being so short up here in Vermont, we want to spend it enjoying our all-weather outdoor furniture rather than maintaining it! How about you? Check out the Polywood furniture collections we offer. It’s eco-friendly, Made in America outdoor furniture and it comes with free shipping and a lifetime guarantee. Pretty tough to beat, I say.
This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.