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?
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!
January 7th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
For five years our customers have been asking us to offer eco-friendly outdoor furniture that meets the same high quality standards that our handcrafted, Vermont made indoor furniture does. I'm sorry for the delay… we weren't ignoring you. We just had a lot of research and soul searching to do.
The issue with outdoor furniture is that the really high quality, solid wood furniture we were considering is of questionable origin. Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably. Our company mission is founded on forest conservation principles and we've made the decision not to offer outdoor furniture made of rainforest woods.
After researching all the alternatives we selected a wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line. It's called poly wood and is made of recycled beverage containers. Instead of clear-cutting engandered rainforests to make our furniture, we're taking plastic out of the waste stream. We see that as a WIN-WIN situation for the customer and the environment.
Have a look at our new outdoor patio furniture collection as it comes online. We're just starting the process of getting everything ready for the Spring season, but you can still get a good idea of what's to come. Let me know what you think of poly wood and whether you would consider it for your outdoor patio, deck or garden. It's not real wood, but it wears even better than wood– so well, that we're able to give it a lifetime guarantee just like our indoor furniture. It's good stuff– check it out!