ENO SingleNest Hammock

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Mikayla White
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If you’re into hammocking, you’ve probably heard of ENOs before. Standing for Eagle’s Nest Outfitters, ENO is one of the most popular hammock brands out there. Their single hammocks retail for $49.95, which is on the higher end of hammock prices. However with ENO you are definitely getting what you pay for. Their hammocks are durable, soft, and fast drying. The hammock includes lightweight carabiners and tree straps are sold separately, which is pretty standard for the hammock industry. Additionally the hammock can compress into a small travel size and fits into its attached pouch. I personally have used an ENO hammock before, and really enjoyed the experience. ENO brands themselves as a sustainable company, with their website stating “We’re committed to you and the planet.” Yet, when looking deeper into the company, it appears that some greenwashing may be going on. Overall I’d rate this product a 0.5/3, given that the materials ENO uses aren't sustainable and they lack transparency on factory conditions.

What it's made of:


ENO hammocks are made of 70D Nylon, which is a fast drying highly durable material. The hammocks are triple stitched, which helps make them long lasting. Nylon unfortunately is a plastic that is derived from crude oil, which is a fossil fuel. When looking into the nylon industry, creating nylon produces nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas with an effect 300 times that of carbon dioxide. Nylon also requires large amounts of water to cool the fibers in the production process. The carabiners that come with the hammocks are made of aluminum. aluminum is a very easy to recycle material, however ENO makes no claims that the aluminum they use is recycled. They do not include any information on where they source their aluminum and if they are doing so in a sustainable and ethical way. ENO mentions that the color combination of the hammock you receive may be different from what you ordered, as they are trying to reduce waste by using leftover bits of fabric. ENO also briefly mentions on their website that they source post-consumer recycled material. However, they do not include information on how much of your hammock may be made from scraps or recycled nylon. This appears to be their only sustainable initiative when it comes to producing their hammocks, and using leftover material usually is a choice to save money, not the planet. They also do not include any information on what you should do with your hammock when it reaches the end of its life cycle. Given that they don’t include what percentage of the product is recycled, and they don’t have a recycling program for sending back old hammocks, their statement on wanting to reduce waste sounds like greenwashing to me. To get a better planet rating, I would recommend ENO include transparency on where they source their materials, as well as starting to actually include recycling in their production process.

How it's made:


ENO states that they are committed to the environment and its people through its entire life cycle. However, when researching the production process of ENO hammocks, “it’s entire lifecycle” seems like a bold claim to be making. ENO fabrics are made using a Bluesign process, which prohibits the use of materials on the Bluesign Restricted Substances List. Bluesign is a third party authority that helps to limit chemical hazards, environmental impacts while manufacturing, and helps increase workplace safety. This helps to ensure that the production process is a bit more sustainable. However, ENO does not include information on where they source their materials from, or if sustainable practices are being implemented in all aspects of the production process. ENO hammocks are designed and tested in Asheville, North Carolina, but manufactured in various factories in Asia. This unfortunately means there is not much transparency about the production process. Manufacturing in Asia has much fewer regulations than in the US or Europe, meaning environmental and social injustices are common. Creating nylon consumes a lot of energy, and since ENO produces at undisclosed factories in Asia, it is safe to assume the energy consumed is from fossil fuels and not renewables. ENO hammocks ship from the US within the US using USP and USPS air and ground transportation. The consumer can choose the transportation type, which is useful for people looking to reduce emissions by using ground transit instead of air. To get ENO products outside of the US, other retail distributors are used. Although ENO states that they function under the internationally-accepted Vendor Code of Conduct, there is no transparency or proof of this actually being the case. As a consumer I would want to see more transparency on how ENO is actually trying to be sustainable at all levels of production, as well as more information on how they are attempting to limit social injustices.

Who makes it:


The Pinholster brothers started ENO in 1999 by selling hammocks at community gatherings and music festivals. ENO’s goal is to “operate with integrity, respect, and accountability towards our community and our planet.” ENO’s website has a responsible hammocking page which lists ways to minimize environmental degradation, which I was glad to see. This includes never screwing or hammering into trees, setting up at least 200ft away from lakes and streams to protect habitats and soil, setting up in already established campsites, and checking for sensitive plant life and wildlife dwellings. Another way the company focuses on sustainability outside of the production of its products is with its many partnerships. These partnerships include Trees for the Future, which plants two trees for every hammock sold, and additionally helps train impoverished farmers typically in Sub-Saharan Africa sustainable agriculture practices to help increase income and food security of the region. Another partnership ENO has is with 1% for the Planet, in which they donate 1% of annual sales to a large spread of environmental nonprofits. Giving Back Hammocks is yet another partnership program hosted by ENO. This line of hammocks corresponds with different environmental foundations across the US, including the National Parks Foundation, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and Leave No Trace. Consumers can choose which organization they would like to help support by buying one of these hammocks, and a percentage of the purchase is donated to the corresponding organization. Unfortunately, ENO does not include what percent of the sale goes to these organizations. Of all their sustainable practices, it seems like their partnerships are the main focus. These partnerships are great and are indeed making an impact, however it seems like partnerships are a way to get out of actually practicing sustainability when it comes to manufacturing. Overall I appreciate the goals and partnerships that ENO has, but am disappointed that they fall short when attempting to sustainably and ethically manufacture their hammocks.