If you’ve got an eco-friendly patio or are planning to build one, it’s important to have eco-friendly outdoor furniture. If you have trouble deciding which pieces of furniture are best to use, here’s a simple guide on how to pick out your new patio furniture and how to make it as environmentally friendly as possible.
The Benefits of Being Eco-Friendly
Being eco-friendly is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for your wallet. You’ll save money on electricity and other utilities if you choose to go green. Additionally, you’ll know that you’re doing something beneficial for your health and the health of others by choosing organic materials over those made with harsh chemicals.
Moreover, as a business owner, being eco-friendly can help your customers see that you care about their well-being and their desire to live in a healthy environment. In fact, people will be more likely to buy from an eco-friendly company because they want to support sustainable practices. They may even feel more confident in your product knowing that you don’t use harmful chemicals or processes. Plus, studies show that consumers are willing to pay up to 20% more for environmentally friendly products.
Furthermore, there are many ways to incorporate eco-friendly items into your current designs and businesses such as creating recycled paper signage or using recycled glass bottles as light fixtures.
There are many ways you can make the switch toward eco-friendly furniture for outdoor spaces too; all you have to do is change out old furniture with new pieces made from sustainable wood or look into organic outdoor cushions (just make sure they won’t attract bugs!).
How to Look for Eco-Friendly Materials
There are a number of ways to find the perfect outdoor furniture for your patio that won’t harm the environment. One way is to look for items made from recycled plastic, metal and wood. Recycled plastic is usually labelled Cradle to Cradle certified, but you can ask if it’s made from recycled materials.
If you’re looking for wood furniture, try to find pieces that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) or use reclaimed wood. These materials will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and resource depletion while providing an enjoyable experience on your porch or patio. Don’t forget to take advantage of solar energy, as well. For example, solar panel tops make excellent tables. Consider investing in outdoor lighting too; candles or low-voltage lights are both eco-friendly options. Lastly, don’t forget about plant life! Planting flowers and bushes near your seating areas can not only be aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for pollinating insects.
What You Need to Know Before Choosing Affordable, Quality Pieces
A lot of people think that eco-friendly furniture is expensive, but there are a few pieces on the market that are both affordable and eco-friendly. Take this four-piece set for example. The table, two chairs, and bench can be used year-round because they’re made from recycled aluminum that won’t rust and have a nice powder-coated finish to resist scratches. The cushions are made from 100% outdoor fabric with UV protection so they don’t need to be put away when not in use, which is perfect for those who live in areas with harsh winters or hot summers. Plus, it’s all backed by a 15-year warranty so you know you’ll enjoy this furniture for years to come.
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