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Poly lumber is an alternative to real wood furniture
  • 100% recycled materials (no natural resources used to create)
  • Free from toxins and chemicals
  • Non-porous, won’t absorb moisture
  • U.V. stabilized to prevent fading
  • Resists fuels, insects, fungi and salt spray
  • Holds up to extremes in heat and cold
  • Easy to clean (just hose or power-wash it!)
  • Maintenance free
  • Termite resistant
  • Will not promote bacterial growth or mildew
  • Will not crack, split, warp, rot or splinter
  • Will not fade
  • Available in  many colors, which is dyed throughout (not just on the surface)
  • No need to waterproof, paint, or stain
  • Low prices
  • Expected 50 year lifespan

One of the biggest advantages of poly lumber is how it is manufactured from recycled plastics.  Post-consumer waste, such as old milk jugs, water bottles, or detergent bottles, are cleaned and decontaminated and rescued from an eternal sentence in the local landfill.  Next, they go through a compounding process which produces a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) rigid board stock material.  Poly lumber manufacturers have conquered the process of taking a blend of plastics to create a solid, strong, durable lumber-like substance that is worthy of construction or building materials, and also…lovely commercial grade furniture.

Poly lumber got its start in the early 1990s.  Today, most manufacturers use sustainable electricity, as well as efficient and lean manufacturing processes, in order to deliver a truly eco-friendly product.  Poly lumber is designed to look and feel like real wood and shares similar weight properties.  New uses for poly lumber are still being discovered.

Outdoor tables, chairs, and bar stools are among the popular uses for poly lumber. If your bar, restaurant, or resort is seeking new patio furniture, consider this material.  Not only will you feel good about your eco-footprint, poly lumber can also be fun to use in design because of the many fashionable colors it comes in.  You may choose a wood-like stain or teak color, or try something more exciting, such as mango, lime green, or aqua.

Whether your exterior décor is calm and neutral or lively and vibrant, you’ll be able to find a piece of poly lumber furniture that will fit your restaurant’s theme and color scheme well. Many kinds of poly lumber furniture are available, from the casual and relaxing Adirondack Chair for your resort’s poolside oasis to the more formal dining table and chair collection.

The furniture you choose will last a long time and still look great many years later, but if you do want a change of look on your patio within the next 50 years, breathe easy.  Because poly lumber furniture is made from recycled products, it is fully recyclable.  At the end of its furniture life, the poly lumber can be reused to create something new.  It’s a guilt-free purchase!   However, if you are looking for a long-term commitment, most poly lumber furniture items come with long-term warranties to give you the additional peace of mind you need as you are furnishing your outside spaces.

Emily Fritz writes for East Coast Chair & Barstool, who operates, a national ecommerce retailer of bar, restaurant, and resort furniture. The company started over 10 years ago as an eBay hobby and has grown significantly, developing into multiple niche branded online stores.  Striving to give personal attention and excellent customer service to each of its customers, it stands out from the pool of other dot coms.  Selling to a range of businesses, from the small corner bar to the large theme park, the company offers many styles of indoor and outdoor commercial furniture.