The phrase “plastic lawn and garden furniture” doesn’t, ahem, sit easily with me. The first thing that comes to mind is standard-issue, $10, white plastic “patio chairs” that are broken or sullied — I’ve accidentally destroyed plenty over the years — and thrown away by the time Labor Day rolls around. Not particularly comfortable, perilous to sit in, and equipped with a 5-month lifespan before they are landfilled, plastic outdoor furniture has been long overdue for a makeover.
This is where Loll Designs
comes into the picture. The Duluth, Minnesota-based manufacturer of “outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger” has gotten some serious eco-blog loving recently and it doesn’t stop here.
Loll’s sturdy, stylish, all-weather outdoor furniture — chairs
, and accessories
like planters — is proudly made in the USA
from 100 percent post-consumer high density polyethylene
(HDPE), the ubiquitous petro-based plastic resin used in everything from detergent bottles to plastic bags to hula hoops. The company estimates that for every pound of weight in a Loll chair, eight milk jugs are diverted from landfills.
Loll Designs — interestingly, they share the same built-to-last design and manufacturing concept as TrueRide
, a skatepark contractor — goes above and behind just using recycled materials. The company boasts an impressive roster of eco-initiatives
like teaming up with Carbonfund
to offset shipping-related emissions, using recycled cardboard packaging
, and planting a tree
for each order placed. Basically, if you are on the market for outdoor furniture and are willing to spend a few extra pesos, Loll Designs is as green as it gets.
I’ll stop pontificating and let you peruse Loll’s website yourself (there’s also a blog
and a “Lollygaggers
” section) but here’s a few new and notable products to get you revved up.