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posted: 7/12/2014 5:01 AM

Recycled products not always easy on budget

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I remember years ago when recycled plastic milk jugs went beyond school, public and park benches, becoming available to homeowners in the form of outdoor furniture ("Milk jugs make fine backyard furniture," July 5).

After extensive shopping, it became clear the cost was beyond my outdoor-living budget. Although I wanted to do my part environmentally, I gave up on finding affordable recycled-material patio furniture. I "rescued" a nice wooden table at a resale shop and gave it a new life for a fraction of the cost.

We're basically talking potential garbage here, so material is presumably cheap. Is it the manufacturing process that makes the furniture cost so much? The novelty? Someone enlighten me.

The article calls the furniture "eco-friendly," but from my experience, it isn't "wallet-friendly." Making it affordable might encourage more people to help reduce landfill waste.

Jane Charmelo


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