A Brief History of Earth Day

Many people have participated in some sort of Earth Day event, whether it was planting a tree outside of an elementary school, or participating in a work place recycling initiative. But do you know how Earth Day came about?

It was first celebrated in 1970 and was created as a way to transform public attitudes about how the environment should be treated. The idea for Earth Day was a brain child of founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the damages of an extensive oil spill that took place in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. On the very first Earth day about 2,000 colleges and universities participated along with roughly 10,000 primary and secondary schools. Since then participation and interest has grown exponentially. It now is observed in 195 countries around the world and is a day of education about the environment and green awareness that always takes place on April 22nd.

Earth Day was able to achieve a rare political alignment between many different groups, Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor. People from all walks of life felt strongly that there was more that could be done to protect the planet. Earth Day is now the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. It is a day of action, from the smallest changes in human behavior and all the way up to substantial policy changes.

At AdirondackChairs4Less we are trying to do our part to honor the environment. Many of our products are made out of a material called poly lumber. This eco-friendly material is made with 97%, per weight, post-consumer recycled plastics on the standard wood colors. Post-consumer waste, such as old milk jugs, water bottles, and detergent bottles are rescued from local landfills to be cleaned and decontaminated and used to create a rigid board. The lumber is also free from toxins and chemicals so you don’t have to worry about poisoning the earth or yourself.  It comes in array of color options and each piece of lumber is dyed throughout so there is no need to use any additional stain or paint, leaving your furniture a truly guilt free purchase.

The material is so earth friendly at the end of its expected 50 year lifespan it can be recycled again to be made into another sustainable product!

Since its creation in the early 1990s, the manufacturing of poly lumber has been refined into an efficient process. Many of today’s manufacturers utilize sustainable electricity to create a truly earth friendly product.

Here at AdirondackChairs4Less we are proud to provide American made Eco-friendly furniture using materials that help protect the environment. To learn more about poly lumber and the processes used to turn it into guilt free furniture, our team can be contacted at 800-986-5352.

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