The fall is the best time to spend outdoors — the weather is cooling off, the trees change colors, the crowds begin to dwindle and time just seems to slow down. Enjoy as much of the outdoors you can this fall by spicing up your patio or backyard with five of our eco-friendly must haves. From lighting, to furniture, to bug repellant we have a list of trendy essentials that will help you go green.
Solar Powered Lights
Shed a little light on your backyard with solar powered globe string lights. You can string these trendy lights from a tree, your front porch or across your yard while saving energy. No need to worry about extension cords or plug ins, just make sure the solar pannels have access to sunlight and you're all set!
Mosquito Free Plants
Want to keep the bugs away without using toxic spray or burning harmful candles? Invest in a Cintronella plant. Not only is this lush plant drought resistant, but it also quickly grows thick green leaves that give off a wonderful citrus fragrance that keeps bugs and mosquitos away.
Help do your part to keep our world clean by purchasing patio furniture made from recycled materials. There are a number of luxury brands like Polywood that offer beautifully designed patio furniture that helps the environment.
An outdoor rug can complete your patio set and create a more comfortable, relaxed environment. The best eco-friendly rug to purchase is one of synthetic material such as nylon, polyester or acrylic. Although synthetic materials don’t sound very “green” they actually leave a much smaller carbon footprint than those rugs made of cotton, have a much greater durability and don’t absorb water — therefore, doesn't create mold.
You can find product lines like, Create & Barrel, that offers an entire selection of eco-friendly products. One of our favorite pieces of furniture is their outdoor umbrellas that offer fabrics made to Crate & Barrel’s specifications at a facility that sends no waste to landfills.