This Company Turns Gross Ocean Trash Into Gorgeous Outdoor Furniture
You’d *think* outdoor furniture would be less expensive than indoor furniture, since you can typically only use it part of the year. (Not you, obvs, California girls.) Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Outdoor furniture often carries a price tag as high as the sky you can see while sitting on it. That’s why Yardbird has us so intrigued. Instead of messing with a bunch of middlemen, they sell high-end outdoor furniture online directly to consumers. Translation: This stuff is more affordable than similar furniture from other etailers. Not only that, it may help save the whales.
“We value the outdoors and have made sustainability a part of our core mission by incorporating more than 30,000 pounds of intercepted ocean plastics in our 2018 collection,” Jay Dillon, owner and co-founder of Yardbird, told Brit + Co. “We believe the Yardbird customer values our socially conscious approach to design and production.”
The company launched as a pop-up operation in Minneapolis as a test last year. The brand passed with flying colors, selling $1 million worth of product in four weeks. Knowing they were onto something, Dillon and his team officially launched the online store this spring.
“What we’ve been hearing from our customers is that they value the high quality of Yardbird products, and they also value getting quality furniture at a fraction of the cost,” Dillon says. “Customers also love our white-glove delivery service and setup, and the fact that we dispose of packaging materials.”
The company has 10 core collections that feature love seats, sofas, sectionals, dining collections, fire tables, and more. It’s all simple and sleek, and we can just see ourselves sitting on it, sipping margaritas in the sun. Of course, when we say it’s affordable, that depends entirely on your budget. Prices range from $30 for pillows to $4,400 for an eight-piece fire table set. They’re not giving the stuff away, but compared to other high-end outdoor furniture, it’s definitely competitive.
Now, bring on the warm weather!
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(Photos via Yardbird)