In a shop window in Notting Hill, London, I saw a book called Product Design In The Sustainable Era. Huge subject. I, for one, do not have a section for green designs on The Outdoor Stylist. I believe good quality design lasts and that is the ultimate way of being green.
However, I will admit that being aware of the different production techniques being used in modern designs does help to make an even wiser choice. Take, for example, colorful metal outdoor furniture. One could think they are all the same and possibly all rather bad green options. The fact is that the paint they use and the way they spray their designs has a huge impact.
Fermob, the French-based leading outdoor metal furniture, brand has been awarded an ISO certificate precisely for their work on clever and ecological use of paint. When you look at woven materials the same applies. All fibers are not created equal.
Joel Escalona is a young talent. He and the firm Grupo HeWi based in Mexico have designed a cheerful collection of outdoor seats and tables. The synthetic fibers are resistant to UV, and all kind of outdoors environments like heavy use settings, pools, and sea fronts. The fibers they use are a non-toxic material that is 100% recyclable and friendly on the environment. Both the metal frame and the synthetic fibers can be recycled at your local recycling center.