The problem with cheap is they break. Cheap plastic patio chair break really easily and thus become disposable, end up in trash cans and our landfills. What can you do with them? If I went down the alley where I live, there are 6 plastic chairs within a 1 block radius, either going into the trash or with Free Signs on them. That is a lot of chairs in a small area that will be taking up space.
I Just Gotta Eco Ya
- Plastic Patio chairs are manufactured in one piece weighing around 5.5 pounds, of
- Most seem to be made with polypropylene which is recyclable #5.
- In 2008, the global market for polypropylene had a volume of 45.1 million metric tons, which led to a turnover of about $65 billion (Wikipedia)
- There are recycled plastic patio chairs available on the market from companies like Polywood.
8 Ways To Reuse Plastic Patio Chairs
- If they are not broken you can repaint and make like new.
- If broken, call your local recycler or waste management company to see if they recycle them.
- Put on Craigslists and or Freecycle to see if anyone wants old or broken plastic patio furniture.
- Carve off the top and make into a pet house.
- You could put in the garden and reuse as a trellis of some sort.
- If the arms are broken, paint and reuse as a plant stand.
- Cut out shapes, paint and reuse for jewelry or other decor.
- The best idea was the recycling of plastic chairs to be remade into wheelchairs. In Rwanda, two designers Josep Mora and Clara Romaní were building wheelchairs from local materials which included plastic chairs. (Via TreeHugger)
That is all I could come up with at this time. But I have a broken plastic chair, and will be racking my brains to come up with a way to reuse. Any thoughts?