Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

Choosing green lumber alternatives instead of rainforest woods can help protect the earth’s tropical habitats. Because tropical hardwoods were routinely harvested for products such as patio furniture, some species have been eradicated. Three of the most commonly used rainforest woods were teak, mahogany, and jatoba, but they weren’t the only ones that were impacted by deforestation. Over 137 kinds of plants and animals disappeared due to the destruction of the rainforest. Not only were the tropical forests harmed; the wood didn’t hold up very well, because materials were susceptible to discoloration and rotting. They also required extensive maintenance, which included regular oiling and sealing.

Today’s eco-friendly furnishings do not harm the planet, and there are multiple other benefits, as well. For example, the materials, such as bamboo, aluminum, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are easy to maintain, don’t emit toxic byproducts, and are affordable alternatives to lumber.

For more information on selecting environmentally friendly patio furnishings, take a look at this infographic.

Green Furniture Infographic
Presented By Trex Outdoor Furniture

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Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.