How long does Recycled Plastic Furniture last?

Garden Furniture That Will Outlast You? The Incredible Durability of Recycled Plastic

Forget furniture that fades, rots, or rusts away. One of the most significant advantages of recycled plastic garden furniture is its impressive durability. Unlike wood or metal outdoor furniture, recycled plastic is resistant to the various environmental factors that are responsible for traditional garden furniture needing to be replaced every few years. It can withstand typical British weather, including heavy rain, snow and even those occasional sunny days, all without falling apart and whilst still maintaining its stylish appearance.

But how long does this type of furniture last? On average, we estimate that recycled plastic garden furniture can last up to 50 years or more with proper care. “Estimate?” we hear you say? Sure, we’re just being honest with you. The truth is that the products haven’t been around long enough for us to categorically promise you 5 decades of lifespan. Our first item of furniture is nearly 20 years old though, and still looks as good as it did the day Rob built it. This sort of longevity surpasses most traditional materials used in outdoor furniture like wood or iron, which if you add the replacement costs, highlight the outstanding value of buying recycled plastic garden furniture.

side view of Riber bench made from recycled plastic waste
This reycled plastic bench is still going strong after a decade!

Outlasts Wood and Metal

Another reason why recycled plastic garden furniture lasts so long is that it’s resistant to a lot of the common issues that often plague other types of outdoor furnishings. For instance:

  1. It won’t rot or decay: Unlike wood, recycled plastic doesn’t rot or decay over time. It’s impervious to fungal growth and doesn’t let water in, which often leads to rotting in wooden furniture.
  2. It won’t rust: Metal outdoor furniture can often end up rusting after prolonged exposure to moisture (which in this country, is a guarantee!). This isn’t an issue with recycled plastic.
  3. Fading: Recycled plastic is much better at retaining its colour, even when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods (which in this country, isn’t a guarantee!). This is great and is why we sell our furniture in such a wide range of colours.

No-Fuss Furniture

If you want something to last, you need to maintain it, but the good news is that recycled plastic garden furniture is really easy to maintain. So easy it’s better to describe it as “cleaning” rather than “maintaining”.

You won’t need to worry about sealing, varnishing or painting. Recycled plastic doesn’t need any additional treatments to keep its appearance and durability. The most effort it might need is a bit of cleaning, which can be done easily with a mixture of warm water and soap. If you’ve got a particularly stubborn stain (birds always pick the best spots don’t they?), then a soft-bristle brush can be used without worrying about scratching or damaging it. That’s it, everything else takes care of itself.

So unlike wooden or metal furniture, this low-maintenance approach both contributes to the long life span and means you spend more time sitting on, rather than working on, your garden furniture.

This wooden bench didn’t manage to last 5 years, let alone 10

The Planet Will Thank You

Choosing recycled plastic garden furniture isn’t just good for your garden; it’s a win for the environment too. Every piece you buy helps divert plastic waste from landfills and oceans (our furniture has, at the time of writing, saved 2,886,030,000 bottles worth of plastic waste!). Plus, manufacturing recycled plastic takes way less energy than making new plastic or processing metal and helps us cut down fewer trees.

Ready to Invest in Furniture That Lasts?

If you want outdoor furniture that combines durability, minimal upkeep, and eco-friendliness, recycled plastic garden furniture ticks all the boxes. When was the last time you brought garden furniture that you could pass down to the grandkids?

Ready for some stylish, worry-free furniture that gives back? Explore our collection of recycled plastic garden furniture today.


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