- Location: Jordan, MN & online
- Specialty: Outdoor furniture made from plastic lumber
- Price range: $$
- Website: bytheyard.net
- Headquarters: Jordan, Minnesota
While visiting a friend in Minneapolis over the weekend, I came across an article in the Star Tribune about the resurgence of American made products. It was in this article that I learned about Jordan, Minnesota-based outdoor furniture manufacturer By the Yard.
There are two things that set By the Yard's furniture apart from the rest. Besides being a small, family business that still produces their product in the US, By the Yard's outdoor furniture and accessories are made out of recycled plastic lumber. Plastic lumber? What the heck? Lumber made from fake plastic trees? Not quite. The lumber that By the Yard uses is made from recycled plastic milk jugs.
The benefits of plastic lumber – besides saving trees and recycling used jugs – is that it is more durable than wood, especially when used outdoors. This means that By the Yard's furniture and accessories will not splinter, crack or peel and will never need to be painted or re-sealed.
By the Yard offers over 130 styles of furniture in 9 earth tone colors. They will also work with customers to create custom furniture in the off season.
(Images: By the Yard)