Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

7 Sensational Green Design Ideas for Sustainable Outdoor Living

7 Smart, Sexy Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture Ideas to Impress the Socks Off Friends & Family This Summer7 Smart, Sexy Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture Ideas to Impress the Socks Off Friends & Family This Summer

You don't have to sacrifice quality to have eco-friendly outdoor furniture with a serious wow factor.

TopEco Green has been eyeing some of the best manufacturers with a high environmental priority and commitment to sustainable living. We especially like products that embrace new green technologies and bridge the gap between traditional and modern next-generation thinking.

To this end, we have put together a stunning collection of examples that contain an air of magnificence alongside green-technology genius.

You may also like to take a look at the materials in 'Greenwashed' Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture...

And because we can't give you doom and gloom without a solution,

Here are some fab ideas on How to Off-Set the Off-Gassing in Toxic Furniture...

7 Sensational Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture Ideas

1. The Firepit Table: 
This excellent addition to the garden setting has taken off in recent years with eco-friendly outdoor furniture designs that include coffee tables, chat tables and full-on dining experiences. The smart-set opts for greener choices of sleek contemporary designs that are a good choice for the environment. Yes, goodbye to the days of messy, carcinogenic wood-burning firepits and their dusty after-mess ash. And hello to clean, green, renewable energy creations that captivate your attention in any neighbourhood.

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2. The Oversized Planter: 
Trending this year are large concrete planters showing off healthy sub-tropical foliage. Just large enough to make an impression but not too large, they can't be re-situated; concrete planters make a great addition to stylish outdoor areas. Concrete is a popular investment choice as it is long-lasting, durable and environmentally friendly. TopEco Green recommends Fluid™ Concrete as one of the best eco-friendly outdoor furniture and décor materials. This special concrete combines a custom green cement composition with 95% recycled natural materials. The unique moulding process incorporates multiple layers of structural meshing combined with a carefully mixed slurry to produce high-quality and dimensionally stable concrete that is relatively lightweight yet incredibly strong. 

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3. The Swing Seat: 
Garden swinging chairs appear to be having their moment of fame in gardens across the UK, with all shapes, sizes and colours adding to the overall design of your outdoor space. The effect is to create an essence of the indoors outdoors with the swing chair bringing in functional, fun and relaxing elements to winding down at the end of a hard day's work. TopEco Green recommends swing seats made from recyclable or recycled materials. Wood and metal swings are the best options, and all structures are enhanced to compliment your setting style with cushions and throws of your choice. Using alternative materials, such as cactus leather and Piñatex®, means changing the way we look at fabrics and voting for the environment with our purchasing choices.

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4. The Outdoor Modular Sofa Set: 
A modular sofa setup showcases a contemporary design with spacious versatility for families that like their own space. Modules unlatch and move for different visual effects and functionalities. Easily remove some sections for day-to-day use or create a sofa bed effect when needed. TopEco Green recommends eco-friendly outdoor furniture incorporating green technology such as Sunbrella™ fabric with cotton's rich look and feel, yet does not fade or degrade over time. Choose modular sofas with removable cushions for easy cleaning. Also, if one unit or cushion gets damaged, it's cost-effectively replaced. 

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5. The Outdoor Bar: 
A bar of any size or description will add life and soul to most gardens. Add a splash of chrome in your barware and a twist of the right company, and you have yourself an evening or weekend to remember. A well-made, weather-treated construction from sustainable wood sources is an excellent choice. Find one resistant to decay, insects and fungi, and you have the perfect combination. TopEco Green recommends teak if you want a wood that will withstand abrasions, impacts, scratches and extreme temperature variations. A bar that closes up and protects the inner structure from the elements during winter is also a good idea.

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6. The Complementary Bar Stools: 
No well-stocked bar sits alone without an array of sturdy, stylish bar stools to accommodate all those friendly bums-on-seats. Choose handcrafted eco-friendly, sustainable materials and be prepared to pay a little extra for quality and durability. TopEco Green recommends choosing stainless steel with a powder coating or sustainable wood treated with linseed, tung, refined hemp, soy, or walnut oil. These are drying oils that harden and preserve wood, providing a long-lasting finish. If you are after a clear varnish finish, TopEco Green recommends AFM Safecoat Polyureseal EXT for exterior use on walkways, pool decks, floors, patios, and showrooms. 

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7. The Sunlounger: 
The furniture you choose to kick back and relax on is where you should make a statement in your garden. Splash out on a luxury piece or extravagant duo-set. Surround your curves in exquisite class and sustainable, non-toxic materials. You don't want your hot sun-drenched body soaking up hazardous VOCs! TopEco Green recommends the Hampton Outdoor Sunlounger for a taste of lavish style and comfort. Expertly crafted using ethically sourced eco-friendly, sustainable materials, each piece is individually handmade using up-to-date methods and technology.

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Be Aware of Greenwashing...

What is Greenwashing?

TopEco Green looks at the shameless way companies promote themselves as green when they are anything but eco-friendly, otherwise known as 'greenwashing'.

Greenwashing describes deceptive marketing claims to falsely suggest the environmental usefulness of a product or service or promote a false image of caring for the climate. Simply put, greenwashing is the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information on how a company's actions, products or services are more environmentally sound than they actually are.

Basically, the term is an unsubstantiated claim to deceive consumers into believing that products are environmentally friendly when they are not.

  • Greenwashing is an attempt to capitalize on the growing demand for planet-safe products.
  • Greenwashing can convey a false impression that products are environmentally safe.
  • Greenwashing uses terminology that misleads, redirects and washes over the actual facts.

Greenwashing Furniture

Some companies say they supply eco-friendly outdoor furniture but many 'greenwash' their products with a false promise. 

On their about-us page or product description, a company can state that they have an environmentally safe item. They use confusing words to literally 'wash' over the actual materials used. The sad fact is that despite promises of sustainability, most outdoor furniture contains components that are hazardous to the planet, both in their completed form and when they eventually end up in landfills, where they release toxic concoctions over many years.

With furniture greenwashing, don't just take their environmental imagery, green packaging and 'certified' labels as a truly green product.With furniture greenwashing, don't just take their environmental imagery, green packaging and 'certified' labels as a truly green product.

Greenwashing furniture items for your home is widespread with many household brands. And while you think it's OK, I have a small budget, and I don't want to spend a fortune on furniture, think again. As soon as you unwrap your flat-packed bookcase, you are inviting into your home years of lousy health with up to 20-years of toxic VOC off-gassing.

Greenwashing Fashion & Beauty

In the fashion and beauty industry, planet-saving and eco-friendly lifestyles are on the rise. Yes, GREEN is the new BLACK when it comes to all things sustainable. 

The vegan diet is now an utterly regular lifestyle choice, with Millennials and Gen-Zs turning down meat and dairy as un-friendly options for a safe and healthy future.

Bags, shoes & clothing are labelled as 'eco-friendly' because they are made of faux leather. The reality is that synthetic leather is essentially plastic, which takes years to biodegrade.When you take a closer look, bags, shoes and clothing, to name a few, are labelled as 'eco-friendly' because they are made of faux leather. The reality is that synthetic leather is essentially plastic, which takes years to biodegrade and is worse for the planet.

Then the big corporations squeeze out their share of even more profits. They rear their ugly heads from the trend stats and advertise their eco-friendly products and services to promote their clean, green image and how their role in climate change is essential. But the reality is very different.

Greenwashing Fuel 

Petroleum companies are great at greenwashing. They deflect attention away from the environmental damage they cause and launch themselves as supporters in the struggle for climate transformation when, in reality, they are not.

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP continue to evade clean energy goals and are failing to transition to a cleaner business model.A recent study revealed that ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP have not taken green energy initiatives seriously. These major companies have continued to evade clean energy goals and failed to transition to a cleaner business model.

For example, ExxonMobil has not set a company-wide net-zero emissions target consistent with the Paris Agreement temperature goals. The Climate Action 100+ Net Zero Company Benchmark finds that ExxonMobil meets none of the Benchmark's targets, and they continue to fund climate denial. In fact, in a recent peer-reviewed scientific journal, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP are all responsible for more than 10% of global carbon emissions since 1965.

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Common Toxic Materials in Outdoor Furniture

Please Note:

Be careful when selecting your so called eco-friendly outdoor furniture as many cheap, imported products are incredibly harmful to the environment and are not planet-friendly at all.

Common toxic materials to watch out for include polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) and HD polyethylene (HDPE), which are bad for our environment and potentially harmful to humans. These are also known as single-use plastics and may leach when exposed to UV, heat and natural breakdown over time.

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Ways to Off-Set the Off-Gas!

Here Are Six Ways to Get Rid of Toxins in Furniture

VOCs from toxic furniture and paint dissipates over time as chemicals vaporize. Some VOCs are gone after six months, other sources, such as chipboard may continue to off-gas for 20 years.VOCs from toxic furniture and paint dissipates over time as the chemicals vaporize in the air. (That's the air you are breathing in your home!) Some VOCs are gone after six months, other sources, such as particleboard (chipboard) may continue to off-gas for 20 years or more.

Below are several ways you can naturally get rid of, or at least minimise the risk of the top 10 most dangerous chemicals in the home.

1. Air Purifiers and PCO Cleaners

Investing in a great air filter can go a long way in removing dangerous chemicals hanging around in the air from your furniture. PCO cleaners, in particular, use UV light to change gas-based pollutants into harmless products. However, they do not remove particles like a good air purifier. 

2. Baking Soda

Many VOCs are acidic. Because of this, using alkaline baking soda as a deodoriser to trap harmful gases may provide some relief. To do this:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda over furniture or carpets. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to work it into the fabric.
  2. Let the baking soda sit for as long as possible, then vacuum it up.
  3. Take this a step further and air out your home afterwards.

3. House Plants

Studies show that some house plants help absorb chemicals lingering in the air. Researchers in one study recommended purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata), English ivy, purple heart, foxtail fern and wax plant for their superior air-filtering abilities. Also, they suggest, "… adding a cross-section of plants, one per 100 square feet of living space."

4. Charcoal Filters

Charcoal has been used to help remove dangerous gases during warfare due to its highly porous nature. Purchasing a charcoal filter for your home may help remove some of the VOCs lingering in the air in your home environment. Just be sure to change the filters frequently.

5. Ventilation & Off-Gassing

After purchasing new furniture, it would be wise to let it "off-gas" or "air out" outside or in a garage with lots of ventilation. Doing this allows the chemicals to evaporate and release quickly outside rather than inside your home, where they can be trapped for months. While this action will not eliminate all of the VOCs (some can take up to 6 months to off-gas, while others stick around for years), it can help with the initial off-gassing of most VOCs. Be sure to keep your home well-ventilated as well, with regular airing out to reduce the accumulation of chemicals in the interior air. 

6. Always Purchase Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Furniture

While it's nearly impossible to thoroughly remove all of the chemicals in your environment and on your new furniture, purchasing eco-friendly furniture with a guarantee of no harmful toxins built into the manufacturing process is the perfect way to minimise toxins in your home from stopping it at the source. Companies like the popular TopEco Home furniture store specialise in eco-friendly furniture that has been manufactured with the environment and human longevity in mind. Setting your new home up with green, environmentally friendly furniture from the outset will go a long way in minimising your and your family's exposure for the rest of your lives.

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