Recycled Plastic Restaurant Furniture: Why It Works

 In Furnishing, Sustainability

recycled plastic restaurant furnishingsRecycled plastic restaurant furniture reminds me of the Ginsu knives commercials from the 80’s. It does everything!

Can it cut through a tin can?

Well, maybe not, but recycled plastic furnishings are extremely durable, sustainable and easy to clean.

Recycled plastic is so versatile. It can be manufactured into many different styles and colors (over 100 different combinations.) That’s particularly important to us, since we specialize in customization, and each product is made based on our customer’s unique specifications.

One of our favorite materials, DuraLumber™, is made from a combination of blended post-consumer recycled plastics and virgin plastics. It’s particularly great to play with, especially if you want to customize your furniture with a logo or thematic design element. And all those color options make it easy to match your new recycled plastic furnishings with the restaurant furniture you already have. (read: cost savings)

Restaurants in search of al fresco seating options often prefer recycled plastic due to its ability to resist wild weather and sun-related color fading. Restaurant furniture that looks good enough to use indoors, but is durable enough to stay outdoors, is always popular.

Waste receptacles, benches, planters, condiment stations, bussing stations and hostess podiums can all be color-coordinated to enhance a theme, increase brand awareness, or simply create a memorable guest experience.

But, wait! There’s more!

Recycled Plastic Furniture and the Guest Experience

The secret behind creating the optimal guest experience lies in your attention to detail. Choosing durable furnishings, such as recycled plastic tables and chairs, that don’t quickly show wear and tear, is a significant piece of the puzzle. euro style outdoor tableYou’ll also find that selecting pieces that require minimal maintenance frees up resources you can then devote to improvements in service, further ensuring that the attention remains squarely where it belongs — on your customers.

Recycled Plastic Furnishings and the Environment

Customers appreciate businesses that promote green initiatives. Using restaurant furniture made from post-consumer recycled materials shows you’re not just paying lip service to the cause. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is more than just a feel-good phrase.

Recycled Plastic Restaurant Furniture vs. Stainless Steel Restaurant Furniture

Stainless steel is a classic choice for restaurant furniture, but it’s limited in the design and durability categories. Stainless will inevitably corrode. You’re limited when it comes to customization. And the industrial look may not be what you want for your restaurant. All that gleaming steel can cast a glaring spotlight exactly where you don’t want it, on fingerprints and other imperfections. Stainless steel is not the most forgiving surface once you start using it on a regular basis.

Recycled Plastic Restaurant Furniture vs. Wicker Restaurant Furniture

Wicker furniture isn’t ideal for restaurants, since it warps easily and discolors quickly. It’s easy to scratch and difficult to customize.

Recycled plastic furniture works great in restaurants. Place it inside or outside, where it resists humidity and weathering. DuraLumber™ furniture and furnishings are UV stable, so they retain their color even when exposed to prolonged sunlight.

Using recycled plastics to create restaurant furniture is part of R3’s mission, but it’s also one of the best ways to get the design and durability options you want.

For more information about DuraLumber™ restaurant furniture, including custom orders, contact us online or call 1-866-456-7483.

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