Lazing around at home, outside in the summer warmth = a real joy. Knowing that our plastic outdoor furniture is an environmental nightmare, from its petroleum-fueled production to its landfill afterlife = a real bummer.
So we?re happy to discover outdoor pieces that are both great-looking and environmentally savvy. Seating (from $2,400) and side tables ($600) from the Dala Collection by Stephen Burks for German company Dedon have aluminum frames laced with red, blue or green ribbons made from recycled food packaging. Best design feature: Everything has straps, so you can easily drag these lightweight pieces to shady areas.
Minnesota-based Loll Designs? Fresh Air collection includes tables and benches made from recycled milk jugs. They come in vivid colors, like neon sky and electric apple, as well as more versatile neutrals. Flat-pack shipping and simple assembly mean prices stay low: A stool is $210, while a 58-by-30-inch dining table is $760.
We like Los Angeles-based Maison Bertet for its groovy hanging chairs ($799). These egg-shaped woven seats come in leather-looking vintage weave, which is made from recycled PVC pipes. They?re a great addition to our home--now if we can just find some time on our own to sit and enjoy them.