Fair Trade Hammocks Made in Thailand by Flying Squirrel Outfitters
We had the honor of learning more about the incredible folks at Flying Squirrel Outfitters. Their Fair Trade Hammocks are unique and they are the creators of the first ever fully adjustable hammock!
What is your name?
What is your company name?
What made you want to start a hammock company?
About three years ago I left everything behind, quit my office job, sold off all my stuff, and headed to Thailand in search of a new journey.
After a year of exploration, I stumbled upon an amazing story about a hill tribe village in Northern Thailand that built a micro economy for themselves weaving hammocks. I was completely inspired with the story and quickly went to visit the operator of the project.
I quickly fell in love with what was happening in the village, and was told the demand and need for more work was impending – so I wanted to help!
Fast forward a year and half, the operator and I developed a parachute style hammock that was different, and began expanding high wage jobs for village seamstresses throughout the region. My inspiration was to not only to build a hammock that was different and designed for people to use it more, but also to transform communities through sustainable business practices.
We have sold nearly 600 hammocks to date in Thailand alone!
How is your hammock company different than other hammock companies like ENO?
All of our hammocks are handmade in the very homes of the creators. There is no mass factory production or child labor, sourcing only local raw materials and manufacturing ourselves.
Our seamstresses work from home, making a much higher wage, working near dependent family members, and becoming empowered woman within their communities.
Aside form how they are made, we have developed a hammock that is fully adjustable, giving you different ways to hang in it. Our double barrel pouch design allows you to set up and break down your hammock in less than 30 seconds.
The pouch serves as a fabric tensioner with the ability to slide it along the body of the hammock creating tension where desired. This enables you to sit in your hammock in different ways, increasing the visibility of the world and people around you. You can even adjust your hammock to create a hanging chair pod that allows you to sit more upright. Hammocks aren’t just for midday naps, but to be enjoyed all the time.
What is your favorite thing about the hammocks you make?
Our pouch design is slick!
It gives you complete adjustability, allowing you to use you hammock in different ways. We wanted to combat the sometimes annoying excess material flapping in your face, and increase the visibility by allowing you to create tension along the body.
The pouch allows you to quickly set up and break it down, doubling as the fabric tensioner. Our hammock design makes it better to use while hammocking with friends, making it a more communal activity, without taking anything away form the traditional hammock design.
Are your hammocks made for indoors or outdoors?
Our hammocks are to be used anywhere you can find anchor points! However, the design concept is great for travel, and people on the go.
We have included an integrated handle and gear loop to always keep your trusty hammock on you. This doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to where you hang, but it gives you the ease of use for both indoor and outdoor use.
What accessories do your hammocks come with?
Our double hammocks come with smooth no snag carabiners, while the ultra lite comes with S Hooks, and both include webbing straps, so everything you need to hang out of the box.
We are developing a mosquito net that will compliment the FSO hammock perfectly.
How heavy are your hammocks and how much weight can they hold?
FSO hammocks weigh 1.76lbs – straps included. They can hold at least 350 pounds.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
By ordering a Flying Squirrel Hammock you are helping transform lives for the better in Thailand!
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