The title of the writeup may sound funny to you, but I have my reason in putting that to paper. You must be wondering by now, what has Patio umbrellas got to do with Green house effect. Well the reason I compare both in a literally sense is because of the common word – protect – between them. One gives us protection from many natural excesses like scorching sun or heavenly, sometimes not so heavenly, shower while the other we need to protect our earth and environment from. It is common knowledge by now that because of the hole in the ozone layer, because of the pressure of population and man’s greed for a better lifestyle at the cost of environment, the average temperature has rises by few degrees over the last few years. Our summers are hotter and winters are less extreme. Last year both the continents of Europe and Americas experienced extreme temperature fluctuations that they had not seen over the last 30 to 40 years. Hence we should be aware of our responsibilities in protecting the environment.
But to me protection starts with self. If I am unaware of the ways and means to protect myself (from many challenges and dangers that befall us from time to time), then in all likelihood, I will not be aware of my responsibility to protect the people around me and the environment around me. An example can be, protecting myself from the 2 dangers of nature namely heat and rain. It is very simple to protect oneself from these 2 extremes of nature. All you need is an umbrella. If you are on the move you would need a portable and handy umbrella. Similarly on the beach you would need beach umbrellas and at your home in the balcony or patio you will need a market or patio umbrellas.
Patio umbrellas come mainly in 2 sizes. One is the 9 footer and the other is the 11 footer. Even though they are available in various sizes, the most popular is the eight rib umbrella or the hexagonal six rib version. That said there is no hard and fast rule as such. These days they are available in various other shapes as well as sizes. You will find them in unique and interesting shapes like square, oval, rectangular and lo behold even in Triangle shape.
The biggest market for these umbrellas is the Americas, namely United States of America, Canada and Mexico. USA leads the pack with an industry estimated at over 200 million dollars. The second largest market is Europe. The emerging economies of Asia are also catching up with their counterparts in North America and Europe. China has emerged as the country which is giving a good run for their money to the manufacturers in USA and Europe. It has emerged as the most favored country to source the products at the same quality at prices that are half then what you would normally get in USA and Europe. If you buy the market or patio umbrellas these days from the retail market, there is a strong chance that you will see the tag ‘made in China’ written boldly on it. All said and done, for the ordinary consumer this is good news as this will bring down the prices in the near future. If more and more people buy the same it is my assessment that we will be contributing our positive bit towards the greenhouse effect and in making our earth a better place to live in.