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.
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.
Two weeks ago we finally got our first snow of the year. It melted quickly and this past week the weather's been in the 50s and 60s. It's been a crazy year weather-wise in Southeastern Vermont. But on the upside, an early Spring is always a welcome anomaly at Vermont Woods Studios.
Other people must be thinking about Spring too because our best seller this week has been Polywood Outdoor Euro Furniture. You can picture yourself relaxing by the pool at this colorful, modern dining set… right?
Polywood beach and patio furniture is made in the USA out of recycled drink containers. The Euro set is one of many different Polywood designs including Adirondack chairs, patio dining furniture, luxury deep seating mission style outdoor furniture, garden benches and even children's outdoor furniture. You can customize it online in 12 different colors (blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon, green, black, aruba or white) and 3 different powder-coated aluminum frame colors (black, white or silver).
If you're thinking of buying new beach, pool or patio furniture this year, check out the Top 10 Reasons to Buy our all weather, recycled plastic Polywood furniture. None the least of which– it's the only outdoor furniture I've ever seen that carries a lifetime guarantee.
Polywood: colorful, eco-rfiendly, recycled outdoor furniture that's maintenance free!
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?
Our kids are older now, but I remember when they were little we were always worrying about them getting hurt around our furniture. Sharp edges and corners, glass tops, coatings and finishes were all a concern.
Well, now parents are getting much smarter about choosing kid-friendly furniture. One option is to bring the beautiful, modern outdoor furniture that's become so popular over the last few years– inside.
Check out this outdoor polywood furniture, It doesn't look kid-friendly does it? It looks like (and is) stylish, high quality, luxury furniture. But guess what it's made of? Recycled milk jugs. It's all non-toxic, inert, virtually indestructible, super easy to maintain and guaranteed to last a lifetime. There's no glass, no finish or sharp edges. Furthermore, you can choose from dozens of durable Sunbrella fabrics for the cushions without worry about spills and dribbles. The deep seating mission collection shown here offers a choice of outdoor faux leather cushions or Sunbrella fabrics.
Parents of small children: give it some thought! Bring the outdoors furniture in.
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?
So 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.
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 Plastique.
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 Plastique) 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.
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 Plastique 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 Plastique 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?
If you're interested in teak furniture, give Rebecca a call and she'll send you a free PlasTeak 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, PlasTeak 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 PlasTeak furniture, please comment and let us know how you like it. Thanks!
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
As a kid I remember asking Santa for my own pint-size kitchen set every year. I wanted a colorful little table with matching chairs and a sink, cupboards and oven. Guess what he brought me instead? An Easy Bake. Remember those?
Anyway, I've gotten over it since ) but if I was 2 or 3 feet tall now, I do think it would be very cool to have one of these polywood kids Adirondack chairs or children's picnic tables or kid's dining tables.
They're made of recycled poly wood plastic. They're easy to clean, require no special maintenance and even have a lifetime guarantee and a low price guarantee. Best part– they come in 12 bright colors: blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon yellow, green, black, aruba blue or white. What kid wouldn't want one?