This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space. With some expert advice, it’s easier than you think!

Here are some easy tips from the pros at Trex to help homeowners transform their backyard into an eco-friendly escape.

Reduce, reuse, recycle


Gone are the days when it was difficult to find eco-friendly products. Among the “greenest” products available for the home is composite decking. Case in point, in the past nine years, Trex — the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking — has salvaged more than 2.9 billion pounds of plastic and wood scrap, keeping these materials from landfills and transforming them into beautiful, high-performance and sustainable outdoor living products made of more than 95 percent recycled materials.


Minimize maintenance

Maintaining a wood deck can be a chore with all that scrubbing, bleaching and staining. Wood-alternative decking and railing is low maintenance and designed to withstand wear and tear from weather, outdoor furniture and foot traffic.

High-performance composite decking offers superior durability and long-lasting good looks. Its exclusive composite formula brings together the best qualities of wood and plastic to create a superior alternative to wood, resulting in decks that require only a periodic cleaning with soap and water to stay looking and performing “like new” for years, without sanding, staining or painting.

Lighten up


Deck and landscape lighting are ideal for adding ambiance and safety to any outdoor space. For maximum energy efficiency, forego conventional lighting systems that use incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient LED fixtures.

Finish with eco-friendly furnishings

Refresh your deck with sustainable and stylish all-weather outdoor furniture. Look for pieces made from durable composites or recycled steels. These materials are weather-resistant, ultra-durable and long-lasting. Composite furniture also is extremely eco-friendly made primarily from recycled polyethylene sourced from discarded plastics such as milk jugs.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.