Summer is upon us and lately I've been daydreaming about sitting in the sun with a cold beverage in hand. There is no shortage of outdoor furniture to choose from this time of year, but finding eco-friendly options can be daunting – here are five options that would be a welcome addition to my backyard.
The most sustainable strategy for choosing outdoor furniture is to find something that will last. Frequent exposure to the elements reduces the lifespan of many materials, meaning you'll spend more money and use more resources buying new furniture every couple of years. These examples may be outside most of our budgets, but their durable materials and recycled or reclaimed content make them a win-win for outdoor use. Looking for a more wallet-friendly solution? Try searching for used bar stools that could be refinished or repainted to give them a second life and keep them out of the landfill.
Shown left to right, above the jump:
1 Offcut Bar Stool, from Edwards Moore Architects: Made from banded wood scraps, these stools were shown at the Austrailian State of Design festival in 2010, which challenged architects to design products that used only found objects or existing materials. They're not for sale at the moment, but with a little patience a DIY version could be a fun weekend project!
2 Emeco Aluminum Bar Stool, $355 from Design Within Reach: Made from 80% recycled aluminum, these bar stools are a timeless choice.
3 Reclaimed Patchwork Stool, $535-$700 from Uncommon Goods: Handmade by Georgia artist Margaret Taylor, these stools are comprised of steel and a patchwork of reclaimed wood.
4 Recubed Bar Stool, $1200 from Vivavi: The walnut wood top of this stool uses cutoffs from the manufacturing of reclaimed wood flooring.
5 RTA Bar Stool, $695-$795 from Semigoods: Made in the U.S. from FSC certified wood, these stools are spendy but are finely crafted and intended to be heirloom pieces.
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