The handsome, sturdy outdoor furniture will not rot, crack, splinter or require painting. Consumers find the recycled aspect of the furniture appealing. At a recent garden show, one plastic Adirondack chair was the star attraction because it carried a sign announcing that it had been made from 240 discarded milk jugs.
A growing number of companies are manufacturing an array of products from recycled high-density plastic. Conversion Products Inc. in Portland, Maine, sells a park bench for $395, an Adirondack chair for $255, and a flower box for $55. St. Louis-based ERI Recycling Inc. is making plastic shipping pallets that last up to 10 times longer than the wooden variety. ERI President Art Morey says that in addition to making a profit one of his company's major objectives is to "take plastic out of the waste stream and do something useful with it."