In Hawaii, there is a hand signal known as “shaka”. It means to “hang loose” or to live relaxed. This is the entire attitude on the island, so it probably isn’t any surprise that the breezy patio cover called a lanai originated in this 50th state of the US. A lanai is a roofed, often free-standing, veranda with open sides. It is often made of stained or painted wood.
However, lanais aren’t limited to Hawaii. They have traveled all over the world. If you’re fortunate enough to own a lanai, you probably want to keep your outdoor living breezy, simple and eco-friendly to tie into the green theme. More than likely, you want to “hang loose” with your outdoor patio furniture design as well.
The casual look of wicker works well with the simple architecture of a lanai. You can choose chairs with or without cushions, depending on your comfort preference. Resin wicker patio furniture saves trees because it is made out of synthetic fibers.
As an added bonus, the material fares better than rattan and won't peel or flake after a few years. It is also very durable, so you won’t consume materials by purchasing new furniture too often.
Poly lumber offers a truly green option. It is about as eco-friendly as you get in the way of patio furniture and is made with 97% recycled materials, such as milk jugs.
Adirondack chairs are a popular style in this furniture and actually go really well with the Lanai look. You can even mix a few Adirondack chairs with some wicker pieces for a truly custom look.
PVC Patio Furniture
PVC pipes are made out of recycled plastic, making it eco-friendly, but did you know that you can purchase patio furniture made from PVC pipes? It does require special treatment to be made into furniture. However, it is extremely durable and can withstand bad weather. It also has some added elements that make it more durable as furniture, such as "ultraviolet light inhibitors".
It has a casual look that works well by a swimming pool or on an open air patio.
If you choose to add one or more tables to your lanai, you can keep the tops natural with stone. There are many different stone patterns available, including mosaics that feature a sea turtle, palm trees, or geometric designs.
Keep in mind that purchasing furniture that will last for a long time reduces your carbon footprint as well. The less frequently you purchase different items, the less frequently they need to be produced. Even the most eco-friendly products will result in some waste in the manufacturing process, so choose products that stand the test of time and you’ll be doing the environment a favor.