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What's Hot in Patio Furniture? Eco-style!

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: April 28, 2011
No Crying Over Spilled Milk 
Oval Dining Table w/ Pedestal
Seats six for cookies and milk (don’t forget to recycle the jug). Afterward, tuck the chairs under the space-saving pedestal base to make room for naptime on the deck. Comes in nine muted cabin-worthy colors. $969 table only, $2,175 with 4 chairs, By the Yard, Inc., (877) 220-0448,
Cool Comfort 
Cabrio Lounge Chair
This design award-winning patio chair will help you look cool while you’re lollygagging. And, the fact that each one contains 344 recycled milk jugs will erase any guilt over lollygagging in the first place.
$399, Loll Designs, (877) 740-3387,
Watching the Tide Roll Away 
PolyWood Nautical Chaise
Are we dreaming or do these recycled high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) lounge resist warping, rotting, mildewing and fading, even by the seaside? And the plush Sunbrella cushions, too? It’s all true, so nap easy on that dock of the bay. $460 per chair, $560 with cushion, Stonecrest Furniture, (800) 584-7659,


Vintage Chair
Wine Barrel Folding Chair
A good wine is a terrible thing to waste. So is a good barrel. Artisan Whit McLeod takes the gently curved staves from retired white oak wine barrels and gives them new life as beautiful handcrafted patio chairs. Each eco-art piece is branded with the name of the original winery beneath the seat. $198, Whit McLeod Furniture, (707) 822-7307,


Not Your Pop’s Rock
LuxCraft Grandpa’s Rocker
This Amish-built chair has the same graceful curves and intricate detailing as your grandpa’s old-fashioned rocker. But, it’s modernly molded from purified, recycled, post-consumer plastic – over 90 percent by weight. All shavings and cut-offs during manufacturing are collected and recycled, so not a scrap is wasted. Grandpa would be proud. $258, Krestview Woodcraft, (800) 896-4940,


Reduce, Recycle, Reuse 

Wine Barrel Side Table
This clever table follows the three R’s of conservation: It reduces the amount of waste going to the landfill by recycling the wood ends and metal bands of salvaged white oak wine barrels. And you’ll reuse it again and again to hold your chardonnay while watching the sunset outside your cabin. $180, Whit McLeod Furniture, (707) 822-7307,
Trash to Treasure 
Deep Seating Club Mission Chair
Like turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse, recycled pop containers, detergent bottles and milk jugs are transformed into these super-comfy, reclining, mission-style club chairs and end tables. The plastic lumber frames come in six colors, Sunbrella cushions in 13.  With these chairs, trash becomes treasure. $879, Poly-Wood, Inc., (877) 457-3284,

Not recycled, but completely recyclable!
Adirondack, Only Better 
Rondack Chair
What could be better than a wood Adirondack chair made by Amish craftsmen? A composite plastic Adirondack chair made by Amish craftsmen. It never needs sanding, painting, sealing or maintaining. Plus, it reclines, folds for easy storage and is completely recyclable.
$369, The Rocky River Rondack Company, (440) 552-2667,
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