Over the years, we’ve owned our fair share of patio furniture. Some of it broke, some of it was given away, and some of it just weathered in ways that weren’t very attractive. I love the look of wood outdoor furniture when it’s new, but wood can rot, split or crack depending on weather conditions, and the patina wood develops after time isn’t always nice to look at. Finding a balance between style and durability can be a challenge. So when the folks at Trex Outdoor Furniture recently offered me the chance to try out their recycled plastic furniture, I was eager to see it in person.
However, we’d recently purchased furniture for our small patio, and didn’t have room for it. Instead, I opted to give the Trex furniture to my sister, who has had a front porch for many years with no place to sit.
This furniture is design to be very low maintenance. As in hose it off once in a while if you have a high-pollen day or wipe with some soapy water. It doesn’t have to be painted, stained or sealed. I knew my sister would appreciate this particular feature, because I know she doesn’t have time to constantly clean and maintain it.
More than 90% of the material used to make the furniture, produced in partnership with POLY-WOOD™, is made from post-consumer recycled plastic, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE post industrial material. HDPE is short for High Density Polyethylene, a very durable plastic with infinite recyclability. Since any plastic that currently exists will be around for generations to come, I can’t think of a better, more permanent use for it.
Trex offers great customization options for all their furniture in varying styles: You can select the color of the furniture body, as well as the color of the seat (and sometimes back) cushions. My sister chose the Trex Adirondack chair and ottoman in Sand Castle with a cushion in Linen Chili. If you’re not into the Adirondack style, there are more modern deep seating styles, counter height seating, and even a swing and rocker. My sister also found a couple of similar chairs at Big Lots (shown above). The quality is nowhere near the same as Trex, and they’re not made of recycled plastic, but the look is so similar that she couldn’t pass them up.
So here’s the big question: Is this chair comfortable?
According to my sister — and her dog, Gizmo — it is wonderful. The ottoman really made the difference in comfort. Because who doesn’t want to put their feet up when they’re relaxing outside?
My biggest qualm about these pieces is the pricing. While I understand that they’re designed to last literally for decades, I imagine it would be cost prohibitive for many families to spend so much for a single chair.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of 90% post-consumer plastic