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!

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

 

More about health and safety considerations with children’s furniture and toys.

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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 POLYWOOD 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  :)

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.

Kids-furniture 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?

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.

Luxury-outdoor-furniture As we close in on the first phase of adding new luxury patio furniture to our online store, customers are often surprised to learn that these outdoor pieces are not made of real wood.  Naturally we wanted to look for a real wood product when we decided to start carrying outdoor patio furniture.

 

But, while there are weather resistant species such as cedar, teak, and redwood that make fine outdoor furniture, we still worried about the longevity of the furniture, maintenance, and forest conservation.

 

We made the choice to go with a luxury line of recycled plastic lumber (or poly wood) furniture in place of real wood due to several environmental advantages:

  • It reduces the amount of plastic going in our landfills by diverting plastic containers into recycle
  • Because POLYWOOD is so durable, this furniture will last for many years, unlike much outdoor furniture that goes to the landfill in 5 years or less (in fact, we back our POLYWOOD furniture with a lifetime guarantee).
  • POLYWOOD furniture reduces the demand on tropical rain forests which are the source for teak, mahogany, eucalyptus and ipe outdoor furniture 
  • POLYWOOD doesn’t require maintenance other than the occasional cleaning with soap and water, resulting in a reduced demand for harsh cleaning chemicals.

But, eco-friendliness aside, we also think our luxury POLYWOOD furniture is some of the most beautiful and well-designed furniture available anywhere. Have a look and tell us what you think!

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.