The chair you see in the photo above is a new and much loved fixture on my back deck. I have long been in love with Adirondack chairs but I wasn’t willing to buy plastic ones and the wooden ones are actually quite a bit of work to maintain. Every year it seems you need to sand and paint them or end up with splinters in your derriere and a pretty sad looking chair.
So when Trex Outdoor Furniture contacted me and asked to me review one of their recycled plastic Adirondack chairs I was… well, let’s just say I was VERY happy. I could see myself getting some daily sun in this chair… watching my kids play while I enjoyed a good book, and generally just finding more mom time in my own personal chair. Lucky for me it is as perfect as I hoped and I can heartily endorse this furniture.
The actual chair is their Cape Cod Adirondack and each one is made from 240 recycled milk jugs. The actual ratio of recycled plastic versus new plastic is pretty darn impressive… 90%. Often times when we think of recycled materials we think of down-cycled products like children’s toys and such but this is definitely up-cycled… meaning they took the plastic and turned it into something of better quality or a higher environmental value. The design is also fabulous. It doesn’t look like plastic at all. The faux wood grain makes it look like a luxurious wood chair but unlike wood this chair doesn’t retain water, get overly dirty, splinter, require painting, or I would wager look dingy after its first summer or two. It is an absolutely gorgeous chair.
It comes in variety of colors too. I got the classic white but I they also offer it in dark green, brown, tan, sand, stone, and black. You can get the chair as a stand alone or with the matching Cape Cod Ottoman. And of course they also offer chair seat cushions. The beauty above is their Bravada Salsa cushion. Orange may just be my fave color so of course I had to have it. Their web site does not indicate that the cushion is made of recycled materials but you can always make your own if you want.
I have only had it for a few weeks now I but I seem to find reasons to go out and sit in it several times a day. It is super comfortable as well as super durable. Seeing it on my back deck is a reminder that my sad looking deck needs sanded and painted, LOL. It just goes to show that recycled plastic products can be an amazing convenience for us. We are taking plastics and giving them a new and useful life AND making our lives easier by purchasing products that will not require the care and upkeep that wood does.
The shipping aspect was also quite nice. It arrived on a big truck fully assembled. Plus my kids loved the giant box and played with it for days before they tore it asunder. The only tricky aspect was carrying this HEAVY chair to the back yard but it was well worth it. Doesn’t my mom space (above) look cozy? Yep! Now I can grab a book and my glass water bottle and chill for a bit each day while the kids play. It is the perfect summer furniture option in my opinion.
The giveaway winner has now been chosen at random! It is Alicia Bayer, congrats! Thanks to everyone for entering.
Friday, July 8th, 2011