Living sustainably means making eco-friendly choices for both home and garden. There are a lot of toxic chemicals lurking in patio furniture, which makes dinner on the deck seem far less appetizing. And, of course, gas-guzzling lawn mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, and generators can all turn a peaceful afternoon in the garden into a noisy, smoky, deeply unpleasant experience.
To help you find the best non-toxic, eco-friendly outdoor products, we dig into the research and throw some shade at companies who greenwash their garden wares.
We’re constantly adding new reviews for products to Leaf Score, so keep checking those out. In the meantime, here are our top picks for eco-friendly garden furniture and equipment.
Ego 21-Inch Electric Lawn Mower
There’s nothing that yells summer in your ear like an obnoxiously loud gas lawn mower. Cut the noise and the grass with an eco-friendly electric lawn mower from Ego that’s just as gutsy but far better for the environment, your ears, and neighborliness.
I love that Ego have a wide product range in addition to this self-propelled mower. This means you can use the same set of batteries across your whole collection of power tools. And the company has some excellent eco-credentials too, such as using cleaner, greener energy at their R&D and industrial facilities.
The Ego LM2142SP is my top pick for an electric mower and comes with two 5 Ah batteries that get top marks for longevity. Simply pop one battery in and set the other charging, so you can keep switching out batteries as needed and breeze through your yard work without having to take a break (unless you want to, of course). Read our full review here.
La Siesta Modesta Organic Cotton Hammock
La Siesta make beautiful hammocks using GOTS certified organic cotton and are a company that believes in giving back to the community. Don’t tell her, but I’ll be buying my wife one of these hammocks as a move-in gift for our new home! Lazy days lounging in the back yard… yes please!
The simple La Siesta Modesta organic cotton hammock is my top pick because it’s made from pure undyed and unbleached organic cotton. Soft, comfortable, and machine washable, this hammock will fit right in against our forest backdrop. And thanks to the large number of suspension cords (characteristic of Columbian hammocks), and reinforced edges, this hammock will last our growing family a good many years.
Beachcrest Home Cuyler Solid Hemlock Folding Adirondack Chair
Natural and unfinished, this classic Adirondack chair with stainless steel nuts and bolts is a work of beauty. No toxic stains or finishes, no flimsy hardware, and no compromise needed. Made from solid hemlock, the Beachcrest Home Cuyler Adirondack chair is foldable, sustainably made, and durable.
Leave it natural or finish it with linseed oil or other natural, non-toxic treatment, then sit back and watch someone else mow the lawn with your nice quiet electric mower.
Honda EU7000iS Generator
Power outages are a fact of life for many of us, thanks to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, heavy snow, wind, and plain old brownouts and blackouts. So, if a solar generator won’t meet your needs, it’s a good idea to have a gas-powered backup portable generator, preferably one from Honda, Yamaha, DuroMax or Generac, who make the best gas generators around.
My top pick for a medium-sized gas generator is the Honda EU7000iS. This one is fuel efficient, reliable, durable, high-performing, and quiet. At just 52-60 decibels, the 7,000 W Honda generator is quieter than some 3,200 W generators! The Honda also has low emissions, meaning it is CARB compliant (don’t buy a generator that isn’t!), and you’ll be grateful for the electronic fuel injection next time you need to start it in the dead of winter.
With proper care and attention, the Honda EU7000iS could last you a lifetime, which is something we prize at Leaf Score. After all, if something can keep performing at a high level year after year, this dramatically cuts down on waste and resource use. So, if you want a rugged, hardworking, reliable generator, be it for your emergency kit, camping, RVing, construction project, or tiny home power, check out the Honda EU7000iS. Read our full review here.
VivaTerra Recycled Indonesian Teak Wood Outdoor Mat
Outdoor rugs tend to be made with plastic coated with toxic chemicals to resist UV fading and stains. Skip the nasty chemicals and go for this natural, eco-friendly, recycled wood outdoor rug. It looks fantastic, is made sustainably, and won’t fade or get moldy.
Made in Indonesia by skilled artisans using discarded teak wood chips, the VivaTerra Recycled Indonesian Teak Wood Floor Mat measures 7’ x 5’, and has a unique, woven-like design. You could also use this rug in a bathroom or kitchen, or elsewhere in the home where cushioning is not important.