If you’re in the market for some new outdoor furniture, then you’ve probably given a lot of thought to what material it should be made from. Wooden outdoor furniture requires ongoing maintenance and deteriorates over time. While there are several options available to you, high density polyethylene (HDPE) might be the best choice overall. Here’s why you should choose HDPE furniture if your next purchase includes this option.
What is HDPE?
HDPE plastic, also known as high density polyethylene, was first developed in 1962 by DuPont. It is a thermoplastic and extremely strong. HDPE has a tensile strength of approximately 130,000 psi or 1,100 Mpa. This property makes it ideal for heavy-duty items such as an outdoor furniture set. Unlike other plastics that can crack when exposed to sun and weather, HDPE lasts up to 20 years outside without degrading too much or becoming brittle. At Cauff we manufacture furniture accessories such as our cup holder. We also manufacture oriole bird feeders, mailbox flags and 4x4 post mount adapters using this heavy duty material.
Benefits of HDPE
High density polyethylene provides many benefits that make it a more eco-friendly option for outdoor furniture. For example, because HDPE can be recycled, it is more sustainable and less of an environmental burden than other types of plastics. Also, because of its ability to be molded into any shape, HDPE can be used to produce furniture with varying thicknesses, shapes and colors.