Summer is over and it’s time to start putting away the outdoor furniture. Or is it? Before you cover the lounge chair and roll up the outdoor area rug, take a good look at them. Is the furniture a solid, weather-resistant wood like teak? Or is it made from all-weather recycled HDPE? If so, don’t cover it up yet! How about that rug? If it’s made from recycled plastics, it’s still good to go as well.
Wait… a rug that will stand up to cold and wet? But what about mud and leaves and all that fall and early winter stuff? Put the right rug down, and you won’t have to worry about any of it. Rugs woven from recycled polypropylene are surprisingly durable, waterproof and entirely washable. The colors won’t fade, the “fabric” won’t crack, and they won’t even cause mold or mildew on your deck. And since they’re woven, they look and feel amazing. So what’s the story with these rugs? Where do they come from?
Several years ago, a rug maker stumbled across some vintage looms, forgotten and idle. They followed patterns from punch cards, like old player pianos—a little prehistoric by today’s standards! The rug maker was also looking for ways to incorporate recycled materials into their product, and these looms were the start of an idea!
What if they took recycled materials—like plastics from soda and water bottles—and wove them into classic, traditional patterns on these vintage looms?
The process began. The search was on for the right type of recycled materials—it had to be the highest quality, completely safe and nontoxic for people and pets. Safe coloring and conditioners had to be found to create vibrant patterns and a soft feel, as well as UV protection to keep them from fading. The final design had to be completely care-free—just hose off and go, no worries about fading, staining, or trapped moisture.
Once all that was found, then came the fun part. Handcrafting the rugs on the vintage looms. Each rug would be a work of art. Sure, that meant there might be some variations and tiny imperfections, but that’s the difference between handcrafted quality and mass-produced products. The work environment had to be fair trade and environmentally sound. This was about true sustainability—good for people and the planet.
The result of all this hard work, thought and supportive environment? Beautifully crafted area rugs made from materials that were landfill bound.
That’s the story of our recycled plastic outdoor rugs. So go ahead, enjoy your deck or patio another season! We’re happy to be a part of it.