How to Pick the Perfect Eco-Friendly Furniture for Your Garden

Benches in garden

You spend a lot of time planning and tending to your garden. Moving plants, pruning, weeding—the list of cares and responsibilities associated with your green space can be lengthy, not to mention repetitive. But the brilliance of a new shoot coming through the dirt makes the process worthwhile, doesn’t it?

Yes, the power of life bursting through the ground is enough to keep you constantly improving the space you’ve worked so hard to create. And with all of the time and effort put into the garden, wouldn’t it be beneficial to make it a truly comfortable place to be?

Adding furniture to your garden is a great way to increase the enjoyment you get from the living plants surrounding you. And with so much green in the space, it makes sense to choose furniture that is “green,” as well. Here are a few tips for picking out the perfect eco-friendly furniture for your garden.

Go local

Invest in your community by purchasing your pieces at a locally owned store or ask a friend who is talented in building to help you out. Since I live in Pennsylvania, our family has purchased a number of our most-loved pieces from a local Amish store. This way, you’ll know exactly where the parts are from, allowing you to have quality furniture that you can trust for your green space.

Look for recycled materials

Many eco-friendly furniture options are made from things like recycled plastic cartons or other landfill waste. From these plastic jug shards, companies are making an incredibly durable furniture option that’s earth-friendly yet weather-resistant.

Choose furniture that is multifunctional

Just as in a small space in a house, optimizing the limited space available to you can be done by carefully selecting pieces that can be used in multiple ways. Choosing these multifunctional pieces means you’ll need less furniture, which means you’ll be spending less money and using fewer resources.

Use steel

Recycled metals are excellent for garden spaces since they can withstand the elements. New technology means you don’t have to worry about the metal rusting and you can be sure you’ll have the pieces for many years to come.

Shop used

If your budget is limited but you’d like to have a way to incorporate eco-friendly furniture into your garden, try shopping around for used and vintage pieces. Yard sales are great places for scoring used metal furniture that can be easily spruced up with low-VOC paint.

Consider bamboo

Bamboo is a tall grass plant that’s known for its strength and quick growth. Bamboo furniture is economical as well as socially responsible as it replenishes itself so rapidly there doesn’t have to be a concern for using what’s currently available.

Choosing outdoor furniture for your garden doesn’t have to be just another check mark on your to-do list. Many of these ideas and options can be found by casually perusing other retailers when you’re out doing other things, giving you plenty of time and space to carefully carve away enough research time so you’re selecting furniture that’s eco-friendly and responsible.

Ali Lawrence is a kombucha tea-sipping writer who focuses on healthy and sustainable living via her family blog Homey Improvements. She was born and raised in Alaska and dabbles in PR, Pilates, and is a princess for hire for kid’s parties.
image: JR P via Flickr (Creative Commons BY-NC)

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