Poly-Wood Captain 29.5″ Outdoor Bar Stool – It’s Not Your Grandma’s Wicker

October 12, 2010

Nothing is quite as satisfying as buttoning the lips on a brash eco-nerd. I know, because I used to be one. With a mind made for memorization, I can spit facts faster than you can say Al Gore. This never won me many friends but I always walked away from my frustrated counterparts with the feeling that I had just won something glorious, but in truth, “winning” at a discussion is about as effective as “winning” at art. The Poly-Wood Captain 29.5″ Outdoor Bar Stool really excites my fact flinging persona because of its unique mode of manufacturing, the recycled plastic bottle.

Function meets Form with these handsome, wood alternative thrones. Tell the next Eco-Snob you meet to “Sit On It” just by mentioning the word Poly-Wood; watch as they try to work out how to preach to the choir.


Poly-Wood Captain Outdoor Bar StoolI’ve seen recycled plastic used in a myriad of creative ways, from reusable garden pots to, no joke, emergency flotation devices but I honestly never thought I’d be buying back all the bins of plastic I had been giving away. Now, when I look at my plastic recycling bin, I see a lovely new seaside bar stool or a rugged new patio perch!

These chairs come in a variety of wood like surfaces and a range of colors: black, dark teak, hunter green, mahogany, sand and wood. The dye permeates the “lumber” all the way through and the cushions are sensibly and attractively made with Sunbrella® Fabrics, a great choice for outdoor threads.

Not to get too technical but it is worth mentioning that Poly-Wood is made with HDPE (high density polyethylene), a high grade plastic that has infinite recyclability. This means you can recycle your chairs to get new chairs, with little to no loss in the quality of the plastic. It does take a bit more energy to manufacture than wood but definitely worth shadier forests.

No worries if you scratch it either. You can just lightly sand the scratch away. The dye is permeated throughout the material so you can’t scratch the color off but it’s not so much like wood that you can resurface the material by sanding it either.

A Bird’s Eye View of the Captain’s First Mate

This product is made to:

  • Withstand a range of climates, bring on the salt, snow and summer heat
  • Resist the fading effects of the son
  • Create new jobs, made in the USA
  • Suit both residential and commercial use
  • Assemble easily

This product is made not to:

  • Rot
  • Warp
  • Crack
  • Splinter
  • Support bacterial growth

This product will never require:

  • Painting and Staining
  • Waterproofing
  • Stripping and Resurfacing

Technical product details:

  • Stainless steel hardware
  • Seat Height: 29.5″
  • Seat Size: 17″ x 17″
  • Overall Dimensions: 24″W x 24″D x 49″H
  • Manufacturer numbers: CCB30BL, CCB30GR, CCB30MA, CCB30SA, CCB30TE, CCB30WH

The Poly-Wood material is made from recycled plastic bottles into a durable and resistant wood lumber substitute. The material resists aging and weathering and is meant to last a lifetime. Products made from these nonporous, UV protected materials are easy to clean with traditional soap and water or you can pressure wash them at the recommended settings.  They also come with a comforting, 5 year warranty in case the unthinkable happens.

Customer reviews of these patio bar stools and Poly-Wood products in general, continue to glow, with nary a harsh word to be found among the pages of pleased new fans. Heavy like wood without the deforestation, this guilt-free, Poly-Wood patio ware is definitely worth a second look.

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