Polywood-adirondack-chair OUR GOOFY POLYWOOD ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS VIDEO

 

OK– we introduced our new line of POLYWOOD recycled plastic outdoor patio furniture this Spring.  Unlike our solid wood furniture, POLYWOOD furniture is shipped in a box via UPS and it must be assembled by our customers.

Several customers have asked how difficult it is to assemble the POLYWOOD pieces and we wanted to respond to that.  It’s actually pretty easy but we didn’t want to put people to sleep with a boring show of Ken with a screw gun traipsing through the step-by-step instructions.

So we decided to buy an Adirondack chair for each staff member and have a race to see who could assemble their chair the fastest.  We filmed it and are hoping it will at least be a mildly amusing way to convey the basics of assembling POLYWOOD furniture.  Check it out for me.  It’s definitely a goofy video, but the truth is… we get that way sometimes.  OUR FUNNY POLYWOOD ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS VIDEO.

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Since we've been offering our new line of recycled plastic outdoor furniture, I've been learning more about plastics pollution and trying to figure out how Vermont Woods Studios Furniture can help reduce it.

 

 

 

I came across a list of Top 10 Ways to Go Plastic Free in– where else– the Plastic Free Times.  Here are 5 of those ideas:

*    BYOBottle- bring a stainless steel water bottle instead of drinking water out of disposable plastic bottles
*   BYOBag- bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store
*   Bring Back the Milkman- glass-bottled milk is now available in most grocery stores, including Trader Joe's
*   Say No to Straws- who really needs one anyway?
*   Use wax paper instead of saran wrap or better yet, use glass food storage containers

Lot's more tips are available in the Plastic Free times.  Check it out.  

 

I have to note also that for each of our recycled plastic outdoor chairs, an average of 500 milk jugs are taken out of the waste stream!

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Recycled-plastic-teak Isn't it ironic that most things made of plastic are used only once and then thrown into the trash, although plastic itself is a material that lasts forever– that the Earth simply cannot digest?  In fact, scientists tell us that every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except the small amount that has been incinerated (which has become toxic air pollution).

It's probably not realistic to think we can eliminate single use plastics, like grocery bags and water, milk and soda bottles so perhaps the next best thing is to recycle them.  Can you believe this high end outdoor furniture that looks like teak wood, is actually recycled plastic?

 

 

 

Plastic-adirondack-chairsSo are these colorful, high quality Adirondack chairs.  They're made of 90-100% recycled milk jugs, while the faux teak furniture above is made from recycled plastic grocery bags.  I think they're beautiful and comfy, but the coolest thing is that they last forever.  Of course– they're plastic.  The recycled plastic is made into faux lumber that has about the same weight and strength as teak wood.  A typical chair weighs 40-60 pounds and offers unparalleled resistance to weather, mold, mildew, salt and insects.  No big surprise– have you ever seen a plastic water bottle that's been corroded or eaten by bugs?

We even give this all weather patio furniture a lifetime guarantee which is pretty much unheard of for outdoor furniture.  Check them out on our Vermont Woods Studios website, see what you think and let me know.  

 

 

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Teak We’ve been carrying our new line of POLYWOOD recycled plastic outdoor patio furniture for a couple months now. We’ve got a lot of different colors and styles but the one that’s charging ahead faster than all the others is Plastiq.

Do you like teak furniture?  I love it.  I think we’ve been trained by the furniture industry to see teak as the quintessential luxury outdoor furniture choice.  But it’s popularity has come at a price:  the destruction of much rainforest land (and indigenous species) all around the tropics.

Our faux teak (aka Plastiq) furniture is designed to look just like teak, but it’s made from recycled plastic bags.  How cool is that?  A win-win.  Customers are not just helping to save the rainforest, they’re taking waste out of the waste stream and keeping it out of our landfills.

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But we learned long ago that we have to first get the style, quality and price right before we can talk to customers about the environmental benefits of our furniture.  The quality of our outdoor furniture is commensurate with that of our indoor furniture– about as high as you will find anywhere.

With style, we’re starting with this modern look which seems to be very popular.  Do you like it?  Right now only our modern outdoor lines are available in Plastiq but I’d like to be able to offer faux teak in all of our outdoor furniture styles soon.

Now price.  It’s high, there’s no way around that.  It’s about the same as real teak furniture.  But Plastiq is something you will never have to replace.  We are so certain of this, we give it a lifetime guarantee and I’ve never seen anyone do that for outdoor furniture, have you?

 

 

Faux-teak-sampleIf you’re interested in teak furniture, give Rebecca a call and she’ll send you a free Plastiq sample.  You’ll be amazed.  I’ve never seen a faux wood this good.  It really looks and feels like teak.

But unlike real teak, Plastiq doesn’t rot, chip or degrade from sun, sand, wind, salt spray– or anything else I know of.  It’s easy to clean (just use a hose or power washer) and like the plastic bags it comes from, it will take about a million years to degrade.  That’s probably going to be long enough for most of us.

If you have Plastiq furniture, please comment and let us know how you like it.  Thanks!

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.

This morning at Vermont Woods Studios I’m sitting here ever-so-comfortably in a gorgeous Bolivian cherry rocking chair, sipping tea, and marveling at the recent snow and the way it dusted the evergreens on the hillside. We’ve had many snowstorms in Vermont this winter and this is the time of year when I begin to think about – but not yet long for – spring, which in Vermont is still months away.

 

We’d hoped to be introducing a new line of outdoor furniture this spring, but given the current instability in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) market, we’re going to focus instead on making our indoor furniture with locally harvested wood. 

 

The issue with outdoor furniture is that in order to have truly long lasting performance, the wood must be dense and disease, rot and mildew resistant. This usually means a tropical wood like teak or mahogany, both of which are becoming endangered due to clear-cutting of the rainforests. FSC does a great job in authenticating responsibly harvested wood, through their certification program which enables us to authenticate and have detailed knowledge of the chain of custody of our wood– from the landowners to the foresters, to the loggers, the sawmills and the furniture makers.  With tropical woods it’s important to verify that each link in the chain is certified as environmentally sound and sustainable. Otherwise, it’s a very good bet that the wood has been logged illegally.

 

I’ll keep you posted on the FSC market. At Vermont Woods Studios we look forward to offering a line of outdoor furniture asap that meets our criteria for beauty and quality while supporting our passion to save the world’s endangered rainforests.

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