Creating an eco-friendly backyard is easier than you might think. The growing "Green" movement has lead to the development of sustainable materials and new practices that encourage renewable processes that reduce the impact on the environment.
Sustainable Outdoor Furnishings
High Density Polyethylene Wicker
(or HDPE wicker) is a synthetic resin wicker that is 100% recyclable. It's eco-friendly and much more durable than PVC wicker. HDPE simulates naturally woven rattan fibers. Pictured is the Acapulco chair
from Harmonia Living. This is just one example of the eco-friendly options that are out there. Another is FSC Certified Teak Wood.
FSC Certified Teak comes from sustainable teak plantations. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was created to monitor the viability of the world's forests. The FSC does not certify teak sourced from illegal logging, which has led to shortages as natural forests are cut down without any new trees being planted. Sustainable plantations allow trees to mature before being cut down and reduce the use of dangerous pesticides.
Eco-friendly Swimming Pools
Many homeowners love the luxury of having access to their own private pool. Residential pools are typically serviced once a month and there are eco-friendly solutions to keep your pool clean.
If you've ever opened your eyes under water, you're familiar with the uncomfortable burning sensation that you experience. This is a result of chemicals being used to sterilize the water. The ECOsmarte ozone/ion system eliminates the need to use chemicals in the pool, which prevents skin irritation and dry, red eyes. No parent wants their kids swimming in a pool filled with chemicals!
Environmentally Friendly Backyard Playgrounds
Encourage your kids to live an eco-friendly lifestyle! Inhabitots (the kid-centric version of Inhabitants) recently published a list of 6 outdoor companies who make eco-friendly outdoor play equipment.
It's definitely worth taking a look at if you have small children.
As you may recall, there was a big scare about lead contamination in homes and around schools recently. Many playground sets are made from non-renewable materials and are coated in toxic chemicals. These playgrounds are just another way that you can make your backyard more eco-friendly.
Think Green! Be Green!
As you can see, there are a handful of unique ways to make your backyard more eco friendly. These are just a few ideas, but hopefully it will inspire you to seek more green alternatives. Rain water harvesting systems, organic gardens, and eco-landscapes have all become popular over the past few years and an eco-friendly backyard can even boost your home’s resale value. Prospective homebuyers are beginning to realize the benefit of features that cut down on waste and are willing to pay a little more as a result.