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Where Luxury Meets Sustainability — Ou(te)r Brand

Where Luxury Meets Sustainability — Ou(te)r Brand

One of our primary focuses here at Outer is to leave the world better than we found it. We create conscious designs using (and in some cases, inventing) eco-friendly materials, develop and rely on sustainable supply chains, and partner with the planet’s leading environmental groups to do our part to fight climate change. It’s all part of our commitment to ensuring the health of our planet, so future generations can continue to enjoy it.

A recent Outer beach cleanup in Los Angeles

A lot of brands claim to do right by our planet, but it’s not always clear what they’re doing. To us, sustainability isn’t a trend — it’s core to our mission.

We give 1,188 recycled plastic bottles a second life with each of our Outer outdoor rugs. We use 100% recycled PET plastic bottles, rather than virgin plastics, to make each rug, this not only gives plastics a second life, but also is part of what makes our rugs so durable. PET plastics are naturally stain-resistant and, like our sofa, retain color and won’t fade in sunlight or after a harsh cleaning.

Our Wicker is hand-crafted from 30% recycled materials. Each chair in the Wicker sofa is composed of 99+ plastic bottles diverted from oceans and landfills, so you can rest easy — on your Outer — knowing your sofa purchase gave discarded plastics a second life.

Our Teak is FSC certified — the “gold standard” of teak certifications — in order to ensure that the forests from which we harvest are responsibly managed. For each tree we harvest, we plant three more in its place. A single teak tree can absorb 10kg of carbon every year, helping offset climate change and deforestation all in one.

Our Aluminum is powder coated with top-of-line powder coating to ensure it will be both weather-resistant and 100% recyclable at the end of its lifetime (which, given its warranty, won't be for at least a decade).

Instead of using Sunbrella fabric, our cushions are made of our own custom fabric with the same performance characteristics to provide a more sustainable alternative that aligns perfectly with those of our sofa frames. This means you can sit comfortably and recycle comfortably (whenever that time comes).

We don’t further our carbon footprint by sending our products to brick and mortar stores or other third-party retailers, but instead directly to our customers’ homes where they can be their own Showroom. This way, we don’t spend additional resources — electricity, water, gas —  that aren’t absolutely necessary.

Through our partnership with 1% For the Planet, we donate 1% of every purchase to the nonprofit to actively contribute to environmental causes.

Lastly, we are so excited to be officially Carbon Neutral certified, meaning we've offset all of our emissions by investing in carbon reduction and removal projects like clean energy and reforestation. We couldn’t have done it without people like you who care about the planet just as much as we do.

By shopping with us, you’re making your outdoor space a better place, and the world a better place. If you’re interested in learning more, looking to redesign your outdoor oasis, or have any additional questions, please reach out to a specialist — we can’t wait to speak with you! Book a free design consultation here, or order eco-friendly swatches here.

This post was written by Outer's own Product Specialist, Catie McDonald.