In case you haven’t heard, this Saturday is International Coastal
Clean-up Day, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. This year marks their 27th
anniversary of celebrating this initiative and they don’t look to be slowing
down anytime soon. In 2011, almost 600,000 volunteers worldwide collected more
than 9 million pounds of trash from our oceanic ecosystems. These trash items,
such as cigarette butts, plastic bottles and bags and food wrappers, are
responsible for polluting our waters and endangering our wildlife.
Vermont Woods Studios makes every effort we can to support initiatives
like that of The Ocean Conservancy. In many areas of our company, you can find examples of how we support the preservation of our environment. We donate to local and national
environmental organizations, we “green-up” our office space and we even sell
Our Polywood Outdoor Furniture is the perfect addition to
any green home. Made from more than 90% post-consumer recycled containers like
milk or detergent bottles, these pieces are constructed using a process that
makes them look and feel like real wood. That’s right. Durable, beautiful
furniture that doesn’t harm our environment and actually helps to keep plastic
out of our oceans. How much better can you get?
Here in the office, we decorate our “beach” area with
Polywood and enjoy it all year long. We also have BIG plans for Polywood at our
new Stonehurst home. Because that’s the thing about Vermont Woods Studios:
While we are a fine, hardwood furniture company, VWS is built on sustainability
and on protecting our environment.
This weekend, make plans to do something to support our
oceans. Find a beach clean-up site near you, start or improve a recycling
resolution in your home or office, or relax in a luxurious Polywood Adirondack
Chair. However you choose to help, you’ll be glad you did!
Loryn Dion is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.
If you've discovered Polywood all weather, recycled plastic outdoor furniture you love it, right? It's available in dozens of modern and traditional styles including Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, chaise lounges, outdoor dining tables, patio bar and counter height tables and more.
Plus polywood pool and patio furniture comes in white, black and 11 colors: blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, aruba and slate grey. And it's made in America of recycled plastic drink containers, so while you're outside enjoying nature you can feel good about helping to preserve it through your purchase.
So now that you've decided to buy polywood, you're looking for the best deal. This kind of high quality furniture isn't cheap. Thus, where to go for the best price?
Well, have you noticed that all the dealers charge the same price? That's because the furniture maker (Polywood Inc) has determined the lowest price that dealers seem to be able to stay in business with, and set that as a required minimum price. Dealers who violate the minimum price policy will likely not be in business for long– either because Polywood refuses to sell to them or they've run themselves into bankruptcy.
As it turns out the best deal on Polywood isn't about the lowest price. It's about the quality of the company you're buying from and the way they stand behind their products. At Vermont Woods Studios we're committed to offering you the best values in Polywood furniture that you will find anywhere and we stand behind all of our furniture (including Polywood) with a lifetime guarantee (we're the only dealer who does this, as far as I know). Check it out along with the Top 10 Reasons to Buy Polywood Furniture at Vermont Woods Studios.
I started Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture almost 7 years ago as part of a mission to help with rainforest conservation. We promote American made furniture that's built with local, sustainably harvested wood as an alternative to imported furniture made with illegal tropical timber, clear cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.
But a couple years ago when we were searching for an eco-friendly line of outdoor furniture, I began to learn that furniture is such a HUGE commodity it's manufacture affects ocean conservation as well as forest conservation. Often when rainforests are clear-cut for timber, they are converted into plantations that require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. The whole process results in soil erosion, run-off, ocean pollution and coral bleaching.
This knowledge is what led us to begin carrying our Polywood outdoor furniture collection which is made from recycled plastic beverage containers, rather than rainforest woods like teak or mahogany. I know this is a convoluted pathyway, but that's what reminded me of today's designation as World Oceans Day.
There's no denying it– we are destroying the oceans and we need to take action to restore them. 90% of the big fish are gone and many of the fish caught today never even have the chance to reproduce. The average size of the remaining big fish has been cut in half in the last 50 years (the average weight of a swordfish caught today is 90 lbs., down from 266 lbs. in 1960).
The Green Prophet has some great suggestions if you're wondering what you can do to help restore the oceans. In addition to avoiding the purchase of furniture made from tropical woods (like teak, mahogany, ipe and eucalyptus) you can also help by eating only sustainably harvested fish and learning more about ocean conservation.
OK, thanks for reading all this. Now time to head out to the beach for a swim!
Flowers are always great for Mother's Day, but if you're looking for something a little different (and perhaps more extravagant) this year, how about something handmade in Vermont?
If you think Mom should be relaxing instead of preparing and serving food, maybe you'll want to check out some of our new all weather patio, pool and deck furniture by Polywood.
Whatever you think would delight Mom on this Mother's Day, it's probably time to get going on it today if shipping is involved. At Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture, we're at the phone now and ready to help. Give us a call!
Many thanks to our Vermont Woods Studios staff members who volunteered to pick up trash today as part of Vermont's Green Up Day.
We bagged about a dozen pounds of old beer bottles, empty cigarette packs and plastic shopping bags, most of which we were able to place in Vernon's recycle bins.
So that's a fun project for us to do and besides supporting our community it also it dovetails into our new line of Polywood all weather outdoor furniture.
Polywood is a line of patio, porch, pool and beach furniture that's made from (90-100%) recycled plastic bottles. We love the Polywood brand because of it's eco-friendly, green nature but also because it's 100% made in America and the quality is superior to any comparable patio furniture we've seen.
If you're looking for super strong and sturdy all weather outdoor furniture check out these polywood collections on our website:
Many additional collections are available on our Outdoor furniture Sets and Collections page or use the top navigation bar for further detail. Most pieces can be delivered to your patio or beach in less than a week.
OK, you just can't make this stuff up. Wednesday night our governor, The Honorable Peter Shumiln, while tucked safely in his bed, heard noises in his backyard. He looked out and saw two mother bears and 2 cubs raiding his birdfeeder. Now, if there's such thing as a luxury, high end (maybe solid gold?) birdfeeder, this must have been it because the governor rushed outside in his bare feet to rescue it. He tried to scare the bears away. Apparently they were not frightened though… or amused.
He later told the local newspaper that "Vermont almost lost it's governor" and that he was within "three feet of getting 'arrrh,'" whatever 'arrh' is.
Now does this sound like a rational thing for a governor to do? Some fellow Vermonters don't think so and have submitted quite a few cracks about it on our local TV station's website, WCAX:
- Should have kept this little adventure to yourself, Gov. Especially the part about not being exactly dressed for an outdoor tangle with wildlife or in your words: "Real Vermont boys don't wear pajamas"
- Did this happen on April 1st (April Fools Day)?
- Was he wearing his superman pajama's while he did it?
- Who in their right mind chases after a group of bears??? Naked, no less!
- He isn't exempt from the law just because he is Governor.. take down your bird feeders…. the bears don't care who you are.
So if you're someone who lives in New York, Boston or another metropolitan place and you're coming to visit Vermont, the tip of the day is: "Don't Chase Bears Away From the Birdfeeder." But then, you already knew that.
Many times customers who come to us looking for real wood (usually teak or mahogany) outdoor furniture opt instead for our "faux wood" Polywood all-weather furniture.
Why? Well although we love the warmth and integrity of real wood, it's is increasingly being seen as inappropriate for outdoor, all weather furniture. The main issue from an environmental standpoint is durability and longevity. Eco conscious customers are looking for furniture (both indoor and outdoor) that's built to last a lifetime… stuff that's not going to end up in a landfill. So for all you wood lovers (myself included), here are the:
Three Best Features Of Faux Wood All Weather Outdoor Furniture
- Faux wood, Polywood furniture doesn't rot, mold, mildew, crack, flake or warp like real wood outdoor furniture does
- Faux wood, Polywood furniture is maintenance free. No more scaping, sanding or painting. It's made to rest and relax in, rather than create work at the end of the season
- Faux wood, Polywood eliminates the need for winter storage. You can leave your polywood furniture outside all winter. So you save storage space, you save wear and tear on your back (remember wood and polywood furniture are heavy). And you save the time it takes to haul that heavy furniture around every Spring and Fall
Now I know how hard it can be for wood lovers to come to terms with buying "fake wood". I never would have considered it myself if I hadn't seen the statistics our environmental conservation partners are citing about the rate we're losing the world's precious rainforests. But as I started to look into Polywood and try out their "faux wood" furniture I became hooked. It looks fabulous, it's very comfortable and it's maintenance-free. It's the clear environmental and design/style choice for all weather outdoor furniture.
At Vermont Woods Studios, as wood furniture makers, our mission is built upon forest conservation. We're especially committed to preservation of the rainforests– the places where teak and mahogany outdoor furniture originate. In concert with rainforest protection groups worlwide, such as Rainforest Relief, we'll continue to work showcasing better alternatives to outdoor furniture made of tropical woods as part of our rainforest conservation efforts.
Still not convinced? Here's a few more reasons to buy polywood "faux wood furniture". Check them out and let us know what you think.
Guest blogger: Dennis Shanoff
Vermont Woods Studios
While certainly not our toughest winter here in Vermont this year, tomorrows predicted high temperature nearing 60 degrees is welcomed by many up in these parts. Also welcomed by many is moving the clock forward this Sunday.
It seems a lot of us are ready for more daylight time, especially after work. Nice to get home after a long day at work and be able to walk the dog while still light out or pace about the yard and start thinking about this summer’s garden or other outdoor projects. Or maybe just sit outside, relax and unwind?
And hopefully soon it will be time to break out the old lawn & garden furniture and start the season of relaxing, unwinding, and dining outside. So it seems like this would be a good weekend to take stock of your outdoor furniture. And hopefully your outdoor furnishings are up for another season? However if you are faced with the prospect of scraping, sanding, and refinishing your outdoor furniture and dread the whole time-consuming, messy process– then this would be a great time to consider an all weather outdoor furniture alternative.
The past few years have seen a big rise in the popularity of recycled plastic outdoor furniture. And Polywood, an American manufacturer of outdoor furnishings is one of the best all weather, maintenance free options available. Just as sturdy and heavy (won’t blow away) as traditional wood outdoor furniture without the upkeep hassle. Built using colored Poly Lumber (which is made from recycled plastic bottles) this material is virtually indestructible. Poly Wood will not splinter, crack, or rot and it is highly fade resistant. This is outdoor furniture you could use year after year and spend time using it, and not time up keeping it. After all, isn’t outdoor furniture intended to relax in and enjoy time outside and not become another seasonal maintenance project?
Traditionally, we've only sold Vermont-made, solid wood furniture at Vermont Wood Studios. But when customers asked us to carry a Kids Furniture Collection, we decided to research an innovative new recycled plastic furniture called "polywood".
After evaluating many different lines of children's furniture lines, we settled on polywood because we liked the environmental aspect (taking plastic out of the waste stream), but even more– we were sold on the excellent safety rating, strong and sturdy design and the non-toxic nature of the furniture.
Kids have special needs and vulnerabilities and we feel polywood addresses them better than all the other alternatives. Most children’s furniture found in American stores today is imported from overseas where there is little regulation of health, safety and toxicity. That’s why we see product recalls for things like toxic lead and cadmium levels in paint finishes and failure of cheap moving parts.
At Vermont Woods Studios we wanted to carry an American made collection of kids indoor-outdoor furniture that would exceed US health and safety regulations. Our Poly Wood Kids Furniture Collection has several advantages other than health and safety: it is well-designed, sturdy, colorful, weatherproof, maintenance-free and stylish. Polywood Childrens’ Adirondack chairs and picnic tables can be customized online in a variety of 12 vibrant colors and carry a lifetime guarantee as well as a low-price guarantee. Check them out and let us know what you think!
A warm* rain has finally come to Vermont to wash away some of the 4 feet of snow that's been piled in my front yard for the longest time. I can't remember ever having such a snowy Febuary… and it was great fun for awhile.
But now I'm ready for Spring, and leafing through the photos of our new line of poly wood outdoor patio furniture is lifting my spirits. Manjula and Dennis are finishing putting the final touches on the outdoor furniture section of our website even as customers start receiving our first deliveries of Polywood chairs, tables and chaises.
Polywood furniture is 100% made in America and we are the only company I know of that offers a lifetime guarantee on it.
Besides the fact that it's made out of recycled plastic, I love the aspect that we no longer have to clear-cut the rainforest for tropical woods like teak and mahogany that were once the only real choice for durable outdoor furniture. It's a win-win: we're taking waste out of the waste stream and we're conserving forestlands at the same time. Not to mention the fact that it's beautiful and durable.
Check out this very cool outdoor patio furniture today. Even if you're not shopping, just looking at the pictures will help lift you out of the winter doldrums… and make you start to Think Spring. Or summer. Or maybe even a tropical vacation…
*In Vermont, at this time of year we can define "warm" as anything above 32F