How to Start Composting at Home

Over the years, composting has become increasingly popular among green thumbs. In a nutshell, composting is the natural process of decomposing food and yard waste. The end product — which many gardeners call “black gold” — can be added to soil to help plants grow. It also helps reduce your carbon footprint and limit your contribution to landfills. This blog covers the benefits and basics … Continue reading How to Start Composting at Home

Fun Ways to Teach Your Children About Recycling

Recycling is important. We know that as adults, but how do we instill that notion into our children? If you’re looking for ways to teach your children about recycling, look at the list that we compiled below. The items on this list have been created and tested by parents and we’re happy to be the messengers who get to share these great ideas with you. … Continue reading Fun Ways to Teach Your Children About Recycling

How to Recycle Plastic (& Which Plastics Can Be Recycled)

Americans are recycling more and more plastic every year, and that’s great! We know recycling is good for the environment, so we fill our curbside bins with everything we think can be recycled… without checking first to see if we guessed correctly. Someone else will sort it out at the recycling facility, right? Wrong. Recycling or “Wishcycling”? The practice of tossing any items in the … Continue reading How to Recycle Plastic (& Which Plastics Can Be Recycled)

Subtle Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Space with Red, White, and Blue

The days are getting warmer and the nights are getting longer. Summer is here, and with that comes all the patriotic summer holidays and decor. The colors red, white, and blue seem straight-forward enough to decorate with any time of year, but they can easily be overdone.  Below are some tips on how you can add touches of one of our favorite looks — rustic Americana … Continue reading Subtle Ways to Decorate Your Outdoor Space with Red, White, and Blue

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

Summer is approaching, and your dream of hosting the entire family for a July 4th barbecue or evening dinner party in the comfort of your own backyard is about to become a reality. You’re ready to upgrade your lone charcoal grill into a full-fledged outdoor kitchen, but where do you begin? Outdoor kitchen planning means you will expose your appliances, cooking zones, and outdoor dining … Continue reading Planning an Outdoor Kitchen

Bocce-Ball-How-To-POLYWOOD-Blog-Featured

How to Bocce

We here at POLYWOOD are a competitive bunch. From golf leagues to ugly Christmas sweater contests, we enjoy pitting ourselves against our fellow co-workers in friendly competitions. However, the most prestigious and fiercely fought competition here at our Syracuse, IN HQ is the Annual Bocce Ball Tournament. Spanning July and August, this round-robin style tourney has become the most well-known and widely talked about competition … Continue reading How to Bocce

Farmers-Market-Fresh-Tomatoes-POLYWOOD-Blog

How to Pick Fresh Veggies

When choosing fresh veggies, my first thought goes straight to the garden. Growing up in Virginia, we would visit my grandparents every summer in North Carolina.  My Grandfather had this huge, amazing garden and a green thumb to go along with.  I remember sitting in the kitchen with my Grandma shucking corn and snapping peas, but my favorite of all were the fresh tomatoes. I can’t … Continue reading How to Pick Fresh Veggies

DIY-Eco-Friendly-Party-Favors-from-POLYWOOD-Blog

DIY Eco-Friendly Party Favors

We’ve all seen the mismatched tea cups, mugs, and various ceramic items at second-hand shops and neighborhood garage sales. Most of us aren’t looking for an eclectic mix of tableware, so it’s not likely that these items will find a home…unless they can be repurposed into something new. All you need for this eco-friendly party favor is: an assortment of unique “pots” cactus blend potting mix … Continue reading DIY Eco-Friendly Party Favors

DIY-How-to-Turn-Recycled-Glass-Bottles-Into-A-Beautiful-Centerpiece-POLYWOOD-Blog

UPCYCLE DIY – Repurposed Centerpiece

One of our favorite upcycling projects this summer is to repurpose glass bottles into a stunning centerpiece for your next outdoor party. All you need is a handful of empty glass bottles, a little spray paint and some freshly cut flowers. STEP 1: Raid your recycle bin! Tip: Look for bottles with varying sizes and shapes to create a more balanced set. Remove all labels … Continue reading UPCYCLE DIY – Repurposed Centerpiece

RaisedOrganicBed

Tips for Organic Raised Bed Gardens

If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable life, try growing your own garden this summer. Organic raised bed gardens are a great choice for a beginner and chock-full of great benefits. Why a Raised Bed Garden? One great feature of raised bed gardens is the control you have over the soil. If the condition of your soil where you live … Continue reading Tips for Organic Raised Bed Gardens