September 15th, 2012 by Loryn Dion
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.
August 14th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
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.
June 8th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
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!
May 5th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
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.
April 5th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
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
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.
March 18th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
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!
March 8th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh
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?
November 8th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
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.
April 26th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
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.
March 26th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
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!