The number of people opting for plastic-furniture over traditional forms of furniture (such as wooden) has been on the rise in the recent past. This they do in pursuit of a number of advantages that plastic furniture comes with. Here we are looking at things like the considerably lower cost associated with plastic furniture, its relatively lightweight as well as the environmental factor, where it is given that making plastic-furniture ‘does not involve cutting down trees.’ It is also often given that plastic furniture is ‘low maintenance’ furniture (it is very easy to clean, for instance), and that due to the considerable malleability of plastic, the furniture that tends to come out of it can be made in all manner of aesthetically appealing shapes.
Now while there is no denying that plastic-furniture comes with all those advantages, it is also worth noting that there are a number of disadvantages that plastic furniture comes with. When making a decision as to whether to opt for plastic furniture or traditional furniture it is important to take these disadvantages into consideration as well.
One is from the fact that plastic-furniture tends to be lacking in terms of longevity, with a tendency to break or otherwise fall apart within a considerably short period usage. This seems to take place regardless of how well cared for the furniture in question is. And due to this fact, it is often pointed out that buying the plastic furniture at the low cost it is associated with makes you subject to the common adage ‘buy cheap buy twice.’ That is because in the duration that you could stay with a single, well-cared for wooden chair, you may end up having to make use of three plastic chairs. The end result is that you cumulatively spend more on the plastic-furniture than on the wooden furniture, the lower per item cost of the plastic furniture notwithstanding.
Secondly, plastic-furniture tends to be somewhat lacking in elegance. It is true that due to the considerable malleability of plastic, it is easy to mould it to various aesthetically appealing shapes, but when all is said and done, this type of furniture tends to come across as lacking in ‘character’ or ‘elegance. That is especially true when it is compared to, say, wooden furniture.
Thirdly, for the environmentally conscious, there is the fact that plastic, as a furniture-making material, is rather environment-unfriendly. Now while it is true that the proponents of plastic furniture argue that one of its advantages is environmental friendliness (in that making it does not entail cutting down trees), the other side of the coin is that plastic is a non-biodegradable material. As it turns out, the environmental impact of cutting down trees to make wooden furniture can be quite easily mitigated by simply planting more trees. But there is very little that can be to mitigate the environmental impact plastics have on the environment. Plastic is after all, on the most part, a non-biodegradable material that is likely to continue exerting harmful effects on the environments for what could turn out to be millions of years.