Now that we've gotten less splashy topics like pool chemicals and solar heating out of the way, and you've made those recycled milk jug pool floaties, check out these green poolside accessories ranging from solar-powered robotic cleaners to organic cotton and bamboo towels.  

Loll Alfresco Bench @ Loll ($329)

Take a poolside seat on this stylish bench made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled HDPE.

Recycled Plastic Bucket @ Gaiam ($12-19)

Available in three sizes and in four colors, these tough-as-nails, UV-proof recycled plastic buckets are great for storing pool toys and supplies.

Flip Flop Runner @ VivaTerra ($79)

This runner made from recycled plastic remnants salvaged from a flip flop factory (no joke) makes for a great poolside dry-off station.

Solar-Breeze Intelligent Solar Robot Pool Skimmer @ RobotShop ($449.99)

While lounging in you eco-hammock, hang up that cleaning net and let this solar powered aquatic vacuum work magic in the pool.

Twin Oaks Envirope Hammock @ Twin Oaks ($129.99 – 169.99)

Lounge poolside in this comfy hammock (available in family and single sizes) made from 100 percent recycled polyester fiber.

Organic Cotton and Bamboo Beach Towels @ Sea Glass Organic ($28.50)

Keep a stack of these plush 70 percent bamboo/30 percent organic cotton towels poolside. You’ll dig the tropical prints that are available in three colors. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Pools out for the summer: Greenstroke
Greening pool pumps, chemicals and heaters is an important but not entirely exciting chore. These eco-friendly pool accessories add a dash of fun.