We had three whole sunny days in a row this week here in Cardiff, and then of course this weekend, it clouds over. Regardless, I’m thinking about our outdoor space this weekend as I know summer is just around the corner. So while it’s not technically an interior design object, this week I’m sharing volume 2 of my series on eco-friendly outdoor furniture (vol. 1 was pallet furniture.)
Because of the rain and general bad weather, our outdoor furniture needs to be particularly sturdy here in the UK. Enter POLYWOOD - the company that makes a wide range of outdoor furniture all from recycled bottles. POLYWOOD’s been around for 30 year, having had the foresight back in the 1980’s to see plastic as a resource to be harvested as a mnaufacturing material. They’re US-based but also now available here in the UK (see below for more info on where to find). This is one instance where you don’t want to be #plasticfree.
Three things I love about POLYWOOD furniture :
It reduces the waste stream: I might have mentioned it (!) but the POLYWOOD material is made from recycled plastic. Each Adirondack chair is crafted from around 500 bottles.
Durable and low maintenance: The materials are ridiculously durable and easy to maintain. POLYWOOD doesn’t splinter, warp, crack or chip. It’s also fade resistant, and unaffected by frost, snow, mould, rain, and wind. So a Polywood piece is going to be around for a very long time. It’s easy to clean as well, just a little soapy water will do. (I’d use a biodegrable soapy cleaner like Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds.)
Cushions aren’t needed: Most of POLYWOOD’s pieces don’t require cushions, and are designed to be comfortable without them. This is a big one for us in the UK- it means you won’t have to run out when it starts raining and drag them in.
I love a pop of colour like a bright chair against all the green in the garden. Apart from bright adirondack chairs, the company also have more elegant muted colours, and other ranges too. I counted a total of 22 collections available on their site.
There are also other pieces like benches avialable or this little side table. Perfect place for your glass of sauvignon blanc.
Prices for a classic adirondack starts at around £240, and £96 for a side table, so slightly more toward the investment piece side. But the reality is, you’re going to have these for a lifetime - see above about their durability.
To see how the adirondack chair looks in situ, have a look at Lynne Lambourne’s styling at the ideal home show. Lynne is a true warrior on waste and first introduced me to POLYWOOD.
Where can I find POLYWOOD?
When I spoke to Polywood about this post, they mentioned that it does take a little while to order, since they’ve got to ensure a big enough order is filled before shipping over from the US - it’s around a 6-8 week lead time, which is standard for most quality furniture. Just worth bearing that in mind if you’re considering this option for this summer- better get your skates on!
Outdoor living is something we do our best with here in the UK, though it doesn’t always suit. I grew up living about a third of the year outside, on our patio, or in the pool, so I’m always itching to get outside when I can. I love the idea of being able to leave this furniture outside, and it’s that it’s all ready to go when the skies finally clear up. A very cheerful reason to live more of our lives outdoor indeed.