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 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!