5 Ways to Go Green With Patio Furniture

Spring and summer are the two seasons of the year when we tend to focus the most on the way that we want our decks, patios and backyards to look. That’s because due to the warm weather, we usually spend more time outside reading books, entertaining guests and even resting on our patio furniture.

And speaking of patio furniture, if you happen to be someone who has a few pieces that look like they’ve seen their better days and you’d like a few times on how to go about either recycling, upcycling or purchasing some new “green” items, we have a few tips that can definitely help you to accomplish that very goal.

Don’t throw it out just yet. Although your first inclination may be to toss that old lawn chair, before you do that, think about if there are things that you can do to give it a bit of an “upgrade”. Maybe it’s repainting the frame of the furniture or purchasing some new upholstery for it. By taking something old and/or used and making it “new again”, that is upcycling that is done at its very best.

Purchase used pieces. One of the best things about thrift stores and garage sales is that they provide us with the opportunity to turn one person’s “junk” into our own “treasure”. Plus, those are the kinds of places where you can oftentimes find one-of-a-kind items that you won’t see at any home improvement store or furniture chain.

Look for “green dealers”. If you do happen to want to get some new ecofriendly pieces of furniture, one of the first things to do is look for furniture dealers who specialize in that very thing. The ones who do will advertise their furniture as being made from sustainable materials and free of chemicals. Patio Furniture USA, Eco-Furniture and Gaiam are a few examples of these.

Be picky about what you select on your own. As you’re going through stores that aren’t specifically “eco-friendly” ones, there are some things to look out for before you decide to buy an item. Look for furniture that is made from materials such as bamboo, cork and reclaimed wood or opt for what has been made from linoleum instead of vinyl. Also, when it comes to painted pieces, inquire about what has been made from low or no VOC paints. What VOC stands for is “Volatile Organic Compounds” and they are solvents that, when released into the air, can lead to headaches and dizziness. You definitely want to avoid those.

Clean it with green products. You can help to keep your patio furniture in ideal shape by cleaning it with eco-friendly products. If you’re looking for a few green cleaning manufacturers that will help to keep your furniture, patio umbrellas and other outdoor décor items in great condition, companies such as Clean It Supply, Seventh Generation and Green Works Cleaners all sell these kinds of products. Or, you can make some of your own. Earth Easy is one website that provides plenty of different formulas to choose from. Just go to the website and put “non-toxic home cleaning” in the search field.

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