Recycled Patio Furniture

Dock chairs, garden benches and outdoor tables made from recycled plastic

We Canadians know how to make the most of summer weather: by spending as many hours as possible on patios, decks and docks. To do that, we need a comfy place to put up our bare feet, and we’re noticing more and better-looking outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic. We’re not talking about those flimsy stacking chairs: these tables, chairs, deck boxes and benches are built from solid “lumber” made from unwanted plastic diverted from landfill.

Green Advantages 

You get the look and design of wood furniture without its high maintenance or fragility. Recycled plastic furniture won’t rot, mildew, mould, split, crack, fade or attract termites which means you won’t need to store it indoors through the winter or sacrifice a precious weekend or two to sand and paint or stain it. The greenest recycled products are crafted from post-consumer or post-industrial plastics including milk containers, which means you’re helping give a second life to materials that might otherwise end up in the waste stream. And companies offer their products in up to 15 colours, so there are plenty of hues to choose from.

Green Drawbacks 

Some manufacturers like to boast that they’re saving finite resources — wood. It’s a noble idea, especially in cases where fragile ecosystems and trees might be endangered. But using wood is also a good thing: cutting trees traps carbon and contains it, and buying wood or products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or Rainforest Alliance means you’re supporting the conservation and sustainable management of forests. Plus it takes a tremendous amount of energy to manufacture plastic in the first place, and another dose to recycle it into different products. Here are a few of our favourite pieces of furniture made from recycled plastic: