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  • Staying GREEN on the Fourth of July!!

    This Fourth of July, make sure you and your fellow party goers remember to keep Mother Nature in mind while you celebrate.

    The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Summer’s hottest holiday will no doubt call for backyard barbecuing, fireworks and maybe even a dip in the pool.

    Here’s how to throw a little green into your mix of red, white and blue.

    1. Ditch the disposable party ware

    They’re popular and easy. Disposable plates, cups and utensils are convenient for parties with a lot of guests. The down side; they’re not so convenient for the environment.

    To avoid this, do your best to use normal tableware that can just be washed and reused. If you must go the disposable route, clean them up (they’re often washable) and use them at your next big gathering.

    We also love the “bring your own plate” theme. The hodgepodge of different dishes can serve as talking points at your party. An added bonus: Turn it into a dish swap. Bring your own dish and leave with a different plate for your collection.

    The same idea works for glassware. Instead of charging a “keg fee,” a party-goer’s ticket is his or her own glass.

    2. Get outside!

    The best way to reduce your party’s footprint is to calculate its energy usage. The No. 1 way to avoid added costs to your electric bill is to utilize the outdoors – perfect lighting, temperature and truly inherent green setting.

    Host your barbecue at midday when the light is bright and fills your crowd with energy. Or fight soaring temperatures and take advantage of the cooler evening weather. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and reduce the energy costs of using indoor facilities.

    3. Use propane for grilling

    Before diving into this one, we want to point out that we are not trying to step on any grillmaster’s toes. The debate between charcoal and propane is a tough one: Which one produces more flavor? Which is cheaper, faster? And most importantly, which is more eco-friendly?

    We consulted a recent study by Environment Impact Assessment Review to answer this one. Drum roll, please…

    According to the study, “the overwhelming factors are that as a fuel, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is dramatically more efficient than charcoal in its production and considerably more efficient in cooking.”

    The two grilling methods were defined by their overall footprint, with charcoal using 998 kg of CO2, almost three times more than propane, which weighed in at 349 kg.

    ScienceDaily reports that as fuel, LPG is “dramatically more efficient than charcoal in its production.” When purchasing a propane tank, make sure there is a trade-in option. Most retailers will let you bring in an empty tank in exchange for a decent discount on your next tank.

    4. Save (and reuse) your decorations

    If you’ve hosted Independence Day celebrations before, you know the décor is often the same: streamers, party favors and table toppers all in bold red, white and blue.

    Sadly, most people often use these decorations once and then throw them out. But they can be reused year after year! So, this year, after the party’s over, take the time to store and save your decorations. You or someone you know can use them again next year, which helps to save on a bit of unneeded trash.

    5. Opt for greener fireworks

    Fireworks are hardly an environmentally friendly activity, but they’re an unwavering Fourth of July tradition. If you’re setting off your own fireworks this year, be sure to use fireworks rich in nitrogen. They often cost a bit more but put out less smoke into the environment.

    Another option is to gather your group and go see your local fireworks display. It’s a great way to see a much bigger fireworks show and negates you from harming the environment with your own personal display.

    6. Gather in groups

    This may seem like a no-brainer for such a popular holiday, but the larger a group you gather (preferably outdoors), the less energy you use at individual parties that may take place indoors. Plus, the more people to help prepare and purchase food, the less of a cost it is to each individual. Just make sure your fellow party goers know these green tips!

    7. Use large water containers

    Plastic water bottles are convenient, but like other disposable goods, they can add up fast. In lieu of individual plastic bottles, store water for your family or guests in large containers so they can re-fill their reusable water bottles or reusable cups. If you must use plastic water bottles, be sure to encourage your guests to recycle them.

    8. Don’t forget to recycle

    One of the easiest ways to go green is to recycle your waste. So be sure to put a clearly marked bin out at your party.

    If you did opt for disposable dinnerware, remember that those plastic plates, cups and utensils can be recycled. Paper plates will have to be thrown out or composted due to food residue.

    If you’re unsure about recycling specific materials in your area, we’ve got you covered. Use Earth911 to find local recycling centers for your common party waste, such as plastic bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles.

  • Answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions

    How do you anchor the product down? 
    Polly Products does not require you to anchor your bench/table down.  It is the customer’s preference.  We do sell an anchor kit that is appropriate for many applications, including attaching to concrete. The brackets are L-shaped and screws are included to mount it to the legs of your product (or the side slats on the trash and recycle containers).  If you are securing it to concrete, you would purchase concrete bolts at your local hardware store and use them to attach through the L-brackets into the concrete.

    How does the product hold up in heat & cold?
    All of our products are made of Polyethylene which is ideal for outdoor use. The Polly Products formulation will withstand cold without cracking and heat with negligible increase in flexibility. Some of our larger picnic tables tops are reinforced underneath with powder coated aluminum tubing for extra stability.  We have a client that uses are benches near the beach and the salt and sand whip at them daily. This client informed us recently that the benches are still in the same great condition as when they were first purchased!

    Will your product warp?
    The product must be placed on a level surface to assure no warping occurs. Placement is important! Individual bench and table slats rarely warp if assembled correctly.

    Can you power wash the product?
    With caution; high-powered power washers with a concentrated tip may cosmetically damage the product. A fan tip is highly recommended. Experiment on the underside until the correct amount of pressure and water focus is achieved without causing cosmetic damage. 

    How safe is the product? 
    100% Polyethylene is a very earth friendly plastic.  It is the same plastic as the gallon milk jug from your refrigerator. Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose so buying recycled plastic products keeps that plastic out of our country's landfills.

    Can you paint the product? 
    We do not recommend painting. There are color additives that are molded into the product. No staining or painting is needed. Due to the nature of plastic, paint would most likely NOT stick and would peel and flake off almost instantly.

    Can we machine the plastic?
    Plastic is very similar to wood when machining. For high production applications consult with the supplier of your cutting tools for proper tools and feed rates. For simple cutting, drilling and routing, regular wood working tools will work well. It is not recommended to plane.

    Why the Color Variance?
    Color variance is common in our operation as we use recycled materials. Most continuous suppliers use wide spec virgin plastics and can control the colors better. We remain honest with our claims of a recycled plastic product. We can strive to get a color match with what we have to work with.

    How can I see the product in different colors?
    We update our website often and will be adding more pictures with a wider variety of the colors we offer. You can also request free color samples to see the different colors available.
     
    Bench Components and Plastic Lumber

    Do bench ends come in pairs?
    We sell individual bench ends because some benches require 2, 3 or 4 bench ends. Or a customer might just need one bench end replaced.

    Are there left & right bench ends?
    All of our bench ends are universal so you can use them for the left side, the right side or in the middle.

    How do you attach boards to bench ends?
    We use a #12 x 3" screw - screwed directly into the center line of the bench end. We use plastic lumber which requires a minimum of 32" center spacing for stability. The product comes pre-drilled to make assembly easier.

    If you look at our finished benches you can get an idea. Also if you download the footprint pdf drawing from the product page you will get a line drawing of that particular bench.

    What is the weight limit on your benches?
    Each bench is different but they are all designed to handle a wide variety of people who may use them. For specific weight limits, please ask customer service.

    I am looking for something to "plant" permanently in the ground.
    Presently we do not have a product that plants permanently into the ground. We do have an anchor kit that will anchor many of our products to cement or other surfaces. It might be possible to anchor it to cement that is submerged under a few inches of mulch or topsoil.

    Is assembly required or are the benches pre-assembled?
    They come in a kit form with all holes pre-drilled, an assembly package with step-by-step, illustrated instructions and the required stainless steel fasteners. Some assembly is required: a screwdriver will do the trick but a power screwdriver is recommended.

    How hard is it to assemble the Polly picnic tables?
    Depending on the table, we pre-assemble many components; on the Hexagon tables we assemble the tops and parts of the frames, on the large round sheet plastic tables we assemble the tops and the frame has a few components that simply slide together, all of the straight tables tops are assembled and often seats will be, as well.

    All of our tables have fully illustrated step-by-step instruction packages, all holes are pre-drilled or have pilot holes marking part placement. There is a legend to confirm you have all your fasteners before you start. Polly tables were designed with the customer in mind.

    Tables

    What size is the umbrella hole?
    2” The Umbrella hole will be in all Hex and plastic sheet tables unless the customer specifies they do not want one when they order.

    Miscellaneous products

    Is there a bottom to your trash receptacles?
    Some of the trash receptacles do not have bottoms. They come with a liner inside to place the trash bag into. Others are pre-assembled and have a bottom in place with the addition of a plastic liner bin for placing the trash bag into.

    Does the lid attach securely to the trash receptacles?
    The lid does not come attached to most of our trash receptacles.  The lid fits inside the receptacle to hold it in place and is not secured for easy access when replacing trash bags. It is possible, on some products, to secure it with a screw or strap.

    How do we become a distributor?
    You can contact customer service toll free 1.877.609.2243 or Email customerservice@pollyproducts.com.  You will be sent a pre-qualifying distributor package. After completing forms in the package, simply return to Polly Products and pricing and product information will be provided.

    If there are any questions our trained customer service staff has or will find the answer for you. Call toll free 1- 887-609-2243 extension 221. Or email customerservice@pollyproducts.com

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