By Megan Suszynski
Photography © Daniel Davis
At The Hostel Life, we get excited about companies who have a larger mission - companies that have been built around a socially-responsible core. Doing good is at the heart of what they do. The heartbeat of the KAMMOK brand is to equip and inspire for Life Changing Adventure. Their products are meant to take the ʻMOBʼ (as they call their followers, standing for “Moving Others Beyond”) to new places and new heights (quite literally), while connecting them to a larger mission. KAMMOK “hopes to act as a conduit to help create a culture of people that are passionate about changing the lives of others who are in need, and being good stewards of our resources.”
Youʼre probably wondering what the heck a KAMMOK is, huh? The KAMMOK is a new lightweight camping hammock, designed to sleep one person. Itʼs made of an incredibly strong, yet breathable diamond rip-stop nylon fabric called LunarWa ve. According to their Kickstarter page, the “proprietary fabric is softer than a baby's backside, easily stows away into a water resistant compression sack about the size of an angry blowfish, and weighs around one pound.”
CEO Greg McEvilly, MOB Director Ty Clark (who is also an uber-talented artist who operates under the alias of samo4prez) and the rest of the crew at KAMMOK are beyond-passionate about their mission. While making the coolest camping hammocks around might seem like enough to build a solid foundation for an organization, KAMMOK has built their company on a bigger social mission: Bringing people together and building a community that takes care of each other.
Even the kangaroo references relate back to the mission. Not only do kangaroos set the example of how to live as a community, but they are, and always have been, environmentally conscious. Kangaroos illustrate what KAMMOK wants to be: People that come together. People that look out for one another, especially the defenseless. And finally, people who at the same time take care of the world we live in.
For each KAMMOK ROOTM purchased, KAMMOK gives a treated mosquito net or health education to a family in Africa to fight malaria through their partnership with Malaria No More, an organization that is committed to ending malaria deaths by 2015. Learn more about Malaria No More’s mission at www.malarianomore.org.
KAMMOK also gives 1% of revenue to Comfort the Children International (CTC). CTC is a Kenya-based organization with five initiatives: education, environment, economy, health, and community. Check out the amazing work CTC is doing at www.ctcinternational.org.
Need a little more inspiration? Check out KAMMOK founder Greg McEvilly speaking about “The Motivation for Everything” at TEDxWestlake.
Greg McEvilly was also recently featured on 1% for the Planets website. Check out his 30 seconds of inspiration.
As if it couldn’t get any better, KAMMOK tags are 100% recycled, plantable and eco-friendly. Here is a great piece by the people that made them.
Photography © Daniel Davis
To our friends at KAMMOK: thank you for the inspiration to do good. Thank you for making a product that encourages MOBsters to think while they explore. Because, after all, that’s what exploration should be all about, right?!