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gen•u•ine (adjective): truly what something is said to be; authentic
Back in 1990, we were the first to create outdoor furniture from recycled plastics. Our team continues to innovate and move toward creating even more sustainable designs, always with transparent production practices. "Made with genuine POLYWOOD lumber" is a brand promise to deliver furniture that’s built to last and consciously crafted in the USA.
Where It All Began...
The beginning of our story may sound familiar—POLYWOOD was founded in a garage by two high school friends with a great idea. But it's really our founders' original mission of stewardship (and pushing the envelope of sustainable design) that sets us apart and remains at our core today.
“Our integrated approach to sustainability is driven not only by what we make, but how and where we make it.”
-Doug Rassi, Co-Founder & CEO
In the late 1980s, government-mandated recycling programs were in full swing. As the use of plastic in the U.S. grew, the need to transform the overabundance of recycled plastic into something new was greater than ever. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, in particular, is extremely durable and weather resistant. Outdoor furniture was the perfect application.
Genuine POLYWOOD lumber is made of recycled and reusable plastics in a circular, 99% waste-free process. And in the future, your furniture can be recycled back to where it started. Since our material is infinitely recyclable, we can reprocess production scrap back into lumber and give it another chance to shine.
POLYWOOD furniture is built to withstand all four seasons and a range of climates including hot sun, snowy winters, salt spray, and heavy winds. Unlike traditional wood furniture, POLYWOOD will never need to be sanded, painted, or stained.
Our Design and Engineering Teams continue to develop new furniture and explore the full potential of POLYWOOD lumber.
POLYWOOD by the Numbers
POLYWOOD furniture has been proudly made in Syracuse, Indiana since we were founded in 1990.
Through our zero-waste mindset, 99% of our waste stream is recycled: glass, plastic bottles, cardboard, shrink wrap, fasteners, fabric, resin, aluminum, paper, pallets, and the plastic lumber scrap from our production lines.
Rest assured knowing our stain- and weather-resistant furniture isn't prone to splinter, crack, chip, peel, or rot. But for even more peace of mind, we back all products with a 20-year warranty.