Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

Smart Summer Furniture

Relax in style this summer, and help the environment while you’re doing it, with these colorful Adirondack chairs made from recycled plastic milk jugs and water bottles. Shoreline Adirondack chairs, from Lancaster County, Pa.-based Millcraft Poly Furniture, are made from 100-percent recycled Poly Lumber, a high-density polyethylene plastic that is safe and maintenance-free. The recycled plastic is decontaminated to a high purity level and formulated with color pigments and ultraviolet stabilizers (which reduce color fading) to create furniture that can be left outside year round and withstand harsh elements, such as seawater spray and extreme heat or cold. Screw-and-bolt construction and mortise-and-tenon assembly ensure durability.

Not only are the chairs made from recycled materials, but also can be recycled when the homeowners are finished using them, resulting in a full circle of recycling, according to the manufacturer. The chairs are available in 20 colors, including blueberry, cedar, lemon and forest green, and are priced from $229. They ship partially assembled within two to three weeks of order (shipping is free). Rockers, benches and tables also are available, made from the same recycled material. All products come with a lifetime warranty. For more information: or 866-780-1362.