Shopping for environmentally friendly outdoor furniture is no easy task. In addition to cost and aesthetics, other important eco-minded factors to consider are durability and materials. Unfortunately, to provide that extra durability and protection against the elements, outdoor furniture can sometimes be made of plastics or tropical hardwoods that aren't responsibly harvested. The good news is that more and more companies are improving how their materials are sourced or produced - see five different eco-friendly options (made from 5 different materials!) after the jump.
Shown left to right, above the jump.
1 Cruz Lounge Chair , $299.00 from Room & Board
Made by Bell Manufacturing in Minnesota, this chair is comprised of 95% recycled steel. The company also donates scrap metal to a local high school.
2 Series 9 Chaise $2,400.00 from Haskell
The frame of this chaise is made with type 304 EAF stainless steel with up to 85% recycled-content scrap metal and a powder-coated finish with no solvents or VOCs. The cushions are made of a proprietary "bio-foam" with 40% vegetable oil composition and organic, halogen-free fire retardants.
3 Sawyer Chair, $249.00 from CB2
Made from FSC eucalyptus wood, this chair comes finished with a grey stain.
4 Harbor Lounge Chair, $479.00 from Loll (sold through Room & Board)
Made from 100 percent recycled HDP, each chair is made from the equivalent of 400 recycled milk jugs.
5 Maku Teak Lounge Chair, $1178.00 from Velocity Art & Design
Made from teak wood reclaimed from old buildings in Indonesia.
(Images: as linked)