A new outdoor furniture company called Yardbird is located locally in St. Louis Park is disrupting the market by producing sustainable furniture sold directly to the consumer.
The father-son team, Bob and Jay Dillon, are producing eco-friendly furniture made from ocean plastics. In 2017, their first year selling directly to the public, they collected over 30,000 lbs from beaches, waterways, and other locations in the Philippines and incorporated it into furniture and packing. According to Jay,”50% of every handmade resin wicker set is made of this recycled material. Cost of collecting and processing is about the same as what would be spent on virgin plastic. A win for both the environment and the consumer.
What use to end up on our ocean floors now lies on our outdoor patios, stoops, and decks.