Sustainable outdoor furniture brand chooses Austin for Texas debut

In time for backyard patio and hangout season, a fast-growing, sustainable outdoor furniture brand is expanding to Austin.

Yardbird, the Minnesota-based brand founded by father/son duo Bob and Jay Dillon, will open its Austin showroom in mid-May.

The company, which designs and manufactures all of its parts in-house with the highest quality materials, from commercial-grade rust-proof aluminum and hand-woven high-density polyethylene wicker to outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella , has experienced tremendous growth in recent years.

After raising $4.4 million in Series A funding in 2020, they’ve expanded to markets like Denver, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago. In November 2021, Yardbird was acquired by Best Buy, as the electronics company continues to expand into other home categories, and now they are ready to invest in Texas.

The Austin showroom, located at 9705 Research Blvd., will mark the brand’s entry into the Lone Star State.

It will feature all of Yardbird’s collections and accessories, such as the West Coast-inspired Luna Collection (rust-resistant aluminum frames with Sunbrella fabric) or the Winnie Outdoor Teak Collection, which uses durable Grade-A teak construction with a crisp Sunbrella and contrast. fabrics. Customers can work one-on-one with the showroom’s in-house design team and walk away with complimentary Sunbrella fabric, wicker and aluminum samples to help create the perfect outdoor living space.

By working directly with material suppliers, Yardbird is able to offer accessible prices without sacrificing quality. They source all fabrics, foam, metal, zippers and wicker directly, further streamlining the process by shipping directly to customers.

But Yardbird’s real niche is its innovative approach to sustainability. The brand transforms hundreds of tons of ocean plastic into high-quality, durable patio sets every year. Yardbird incorporated more than 150,000 pounds of the material into furniture and packaging in 2020 alone, according to the company’s website.

Additionally, through its sustainability practices, the company is able to offset 100% of its carbon footprint, including employee travel; shipment of products; and heating and energy for its warehouse, office and showrooms.

Offsetting its carbon emissions is just one of the ways Yardbird combines its passion for the outdoors with its mission to make outdoor furniture both accessible and environmentally friendly. In addition to making with recycled materials, their furniture is also mostly recyclable. When customers are ready to retire a Yardbird part, the brand will happily collect and reuse it, giving it new life away from landfill.

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