Eco-Friendly Outdoor Decor by Of Houses and Trees | The most important place in your home to be eco-friendly isn't even in your home. It's outside! Here are nine green outdoor decor items to make earth smile.

Ah… spring. Time to throw open the doors, get out the patio furniture and bask in the loveliness of blooming flowers and happily chirping birds. Or, if you live where I do, continue to hide indoors as it snows day after day after day. Which pretty accurately describes the month of April here.

Now it’s May and the snow might be gone again – you’d think we’d be safe. But, in Alberta, we’re never really safe. From tsunamis? Yes. Spring snow storms? Hell no.

C’est la vie. Let’s get outside when we can. And stare at our beautiful backyards covered in snow through the windows the rest of the time. If your backyard isn’t quite beautiful yet, I’ve unearthed a few green outdoor decor items to get it there. All of these items were created with the environment in mind, meaning they are made out of recycled, reclaimed, energy-efficient or natural materials.

So, sit back, scroll through and imagine the scent of flowers and sound of birds. Can’t you just feel the sunshine?

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Green outdoor decor item - a reclaimed wood toolbox.

Reclaimed Wood Toolbox

More of a decorative toolbox than a functional one, but that’s kind of the point of decor, isn’t it? Still, you could certainly store all kinds of things in this beauty – gardening tools, ingredients for homemade fertilizer, or your smaller green outdoor decor during winter. Made out of 100% recycled wood, you could also use it as a planter by simply slipping a few potting plants inside or turn it into a little herb garden!


Reclaimed Wood LadderGreen outdoor decor item - a reclaimed wood ladder.

Because you can’t have a reclaimed wood toolbox without a matching reclaimed wood ladder now can you? Also made from 100% recycled wood, turn your ladder into a trellis for climbing vines or use the rungs as shelves for storage or other decor such as potted plants, decorative watering cans and other outdoor knick knacks.


Organic Cotton HammockGreen outdoor decor item - an organic cotton hammock.

Do you dream of snuggling with your whole family whilst ensconced in a traditionally-woven Brazilian hammock made of organically cultivated cotton? Of course you do. Plus, the company that sells these hammocks donates five euros from each purchase a project that supports street kids. Good for the environment and humankind!


Solar Powered LED Cap LightGreen outdoor decor item - a solar powered LED cap light.

I think most homeowners interested in pretty-ing up their yard already own a set of solar powered garden or patio lights. Aside from the oh-so-popular solar light on a stake, there are also string lights, fairy lightsmotion sensors and the pictured cap lights, which I’ve always kind of liked because they look built-in even though they just sit perched atop a post.

Recycled Plastic Outdoor RugGreen outdoor decor item - a recycled plastic outdoor rug.

Nothing makes an outdoor space feel more like an extension of the indoors like a beautiful rug for your bare footsies to walk on (I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the bare feet outdoors). Woven from straw made out of recycled plastic – you just hose it off for cleaning! Our backyard faces south and our wooden deck gets hellishly hot at times so a rug is a must.


Bamboo Patio FurnitureGreen outdoor decor item - bamboo patio furniture.

What’s a cooler natural resource than bamboo? I mean, it’s the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow three to five feet in 24 hours. It also releases 30 percent more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide than other plants. And patio furniture made out of bamboo is cool too. Not only is it super eco-friendly, but it’s extremely durable and lightweight so you can easily schlepp it along with you on your next outing.


Recycled Plastic Adirondack ChairGreen outdoor decor item - a recycled plastic adirondack chair.

Is there anything more comfortable than sitting beneath the stars in an adirondack chair next to a crackling fire? And you can bet you’ll be extra comfortable knowing your chair is made out of post-consumer plastic. Plus, this particular chair was designed to not look plastic-y and instead resembles a good old-fashioned wooden adirondack.


Recycled Plastic PlanterGreen outdoor decor item - a recycled plastic planter.

Made of recycled hard plastic composite, yet looks like stone or pottery, this planter is extremely durable in all weather (so it can be put out in celebration of spring only to be snowed on and still look oh-so-good). I’m seeing a mix of lettuces planted in here. Or maybe lavender. Have I mentioned my obsession with lavender? It’s right up there with my obsession with recycled plastic.


Green outdoor decor item - a recycled plastic bird feeder.Recycled Plastic Bird Feeder

The ultimate in green outdoor decor – an eco-friendly item that is also a shade of green (which just so happens to be my favourite colour… duh). This bird feeder is another dual purpose item as it is both cute and functional.


Do you own any green outdoor decor or are planning on purchasing some this spring/summer season? Don’t forget second hand items – such as antiques! – are another way to green it up. Leave a comment about the post or let me know what your favourite thing is about spring. And don’t forget to subscribe for more posts on sustainability as well as architecture, interior design, DIY projects, crafts, gardening, home decor and healthy eating. Happy basking!


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Eco-Friendly Outdoor Decor by Of Houses and Trees | The most important place in your home to be eco-friendly isn't even in your home. It's outside! Here are nine green outdoor decor items to make earth smile.

Published on May 3, 2017 (Last Updated on March 22, 2020)

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6 thoughts on “Eco-Friendly Outdoor Decor

  • May 3, 2017 at 10:01 am

    All spectacular ideas! And may I say we are well versed in recycled wood. Up to our literal necks in it as a matter of fact. And did you need anything built from that wood for your treed piece of heaven? Just a thought. Bright article once again. I do love me a good blog.

    • May 4, 2017 at 8:00 am

      I always need things built from recycled wood – even when I actually don’t, if you know what I mean. Thanks for the offer and I will let you know once I’ve brainstormed a little more… And thanks as always for the comment! You are my commenting-ninja 🙂

  • May 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Love my solar post caps! They like to fly away during wind storms because I keep forgetting to screw them down 😉 Hammocks are the best too!

    • May 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Haha! Yes I could see that happening. Good thing they do come with screws. And I am totally getting a hammock when we move to the land. You guys have lots of space at your place – you should hammock it up and then invite me over to hang in it 😉

  • May 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog before, but I’ve been silently reading along!

    I love the idea of a reclaimed wooden ladder to use as a trellis! Now to find some reclaimed wood, and also someone handy enough to build that haha.
    We were actually discussing our backyard over the past few days, and we will be finishing it this summer, so I think I’ll also need to pick up some of those solar-powered light caps…and maybe a plastic rug…I’m also trying to figure out where I could put a hammock…

    Hmm, now you’ve got me thinking…

    • May 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thanks for the comment Fallon! We don’t have room for a hammock in our backyard either, but we have plenty of room out on the land so one day it’s going to happen. The funny thing is I’m not really a lounging around in a hammock kind of person – I’m more of a putter around the yard and pull weeds kind of person, but there’s a certain someone in my family who would totally nap hammock-style!


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