5 ways to go green on your patio

What if we told you that you can enjoy your patio and help out the environment at the same time? By making these few changes to your outdoor space, you can have a patio that is stylish, functional and eco-friendly.

Opt for bioethanol fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces are a must-have for your patio. They provide warmth and cozy up your space when chilly summer nights set in. But instead of a traditional fireplace, consider a bioethanol variety. This type of fireplace is a sustainable energy source and creates clean combustion that radiates heat.

Grow your own produce

Growing your own fruits and vegetables comes with a number of advantages. Not only do you get fresh and healthy produce to enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you're helping out the environment at the same time. Because the food doesn't have to be transported to the supermarket, you're reducing air pollution and fossil fuel use.

Repurpose furniture

Reduce waste by repurposing some furniture you already have lying around your house. For example, an old step ladder can be painted and used for storing garden tools, while a wood pallet or wine crate can double as a side table or be used as outdoor decor.

Use green cleaning products

In order to keep your patio in great shape, you must frequently wipe down tables, windows and furniture. Opt for nontoxic cleaners that don't have chemicals that can negatively affect environmental health. Sometimes, harsh cleaners aren't even necessary to keep your patio sparkling. For instance, by using a pressure washer and some water, you can easily clean flooring and siding.

Plant a tree

Go green on your patio with the simple act of planting a tree. As it grows, it will provide shade to your outdoor space and help improve air quality.