Monday, July 7, 2008

Deck out your deck

Choosing new patio furniture is easy. Finding the most Earth-friendly material – in a style that suits your surroundings and at a cost that fits your budget – is a bit harder. Teak, a tropical hardwood, has been the material of choice for ships and weather-resistant outdoor furniture for centuries. Teak outdoor furniture lasts a long time and weathers to a soft gray, unless oiled to keep it brown. The problem is that Teak has been loved almost to death, which has prompted the Teak industry to protect the tree's native habitat by growing it in plantations. Many companies cite the Forest Stewardship Council ( certification to show that their products come from sustainably managed forests.

Target has a large selection of both Teak and other hardwood patio furniture, including this FSC-certified Eucalyptus Adirondack collection (pictured) from Sean Conway. Dating back to the early 1900’s, the classic Adirondack design brings casual comfort and style to your outdoor landscape.

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