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Here’s some body trivia for you (which I’m sure you detox health nuts already know!): Did you know that your lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues whose main purpose is to flush out toxins, waste, and other undesirable materials from your body? Your lymphatic system transports a fluid (aka “lymph) that contains white blood cells, the infection-fighting elves that target and destroy any invaders who so much as give your body, inside or out, a dirty look. (No, I am not a doctor and I could never play one on TV. I have just watched Lord of the Rings a few too many times, and when I think of white blood cells, I think of the elves in Lord of the Rings with bows and arrows destroying anything threatening in their path.)

However, unlike your heart (which functions like a pump) or your breath (which functions like a fan, that keeps changing directions… sorta), your lymph system requires you to physically move for it to function optimally. That’s why things like silly dancing, jumping on a trampoline, or swinging on a swing not only bring out your inner child – they also turbo charge your immune system.

So, I bet you’re wondering: Is being sprawled out on the couch with my index finger clicking the remote control good for my lymphatic system? And my answer to you would be, ‘But of course it is!… As long as you are swinging in a hammock.’

This is why today’s post is about hammocks. Because I want to you to optimize your lymphatic system in situations where you would otherwise be in a vegetative state.

It’s easy to find hammocks that are made from manmade materials. Certainly, nylon, polyester, and brand name manmade fibers can withstand the elements. But unless this hammock is going to be a family heirloom, why not get one made of natural fibers, or at least recycled materials? Let it live out its life, helping you and your family drain your lymphs, and then, when it’s old and worn out, let it go back to the Earth.

Besides, if you hand down a hammock made from non-biodegradable or virgin manmade materials  to future generations, and the Earth is completely destroyed by then, your descendants will know you were one of those people who is responsible for screwing things up. So for that reason alone, I implore you to purchase either a hammock made from recycled materials, or an organic, natural fiber hammock.

How’s that for some kickass guilt-trip marketing?

Here’s why manmade fibers like nylon and polyester are not good for the environment:

Nylon:

  • Made from petrochemicals and depends on large amounts of crude oil for production
  • Not biodegradable
  • Creates nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas that has 310-times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2). Nylon production accounts for 5-8% of global human-caused emissions of N2O.
  • Difficult to recyle  (Worldwatch Institute)

Polyester:

  • Takes a lot energy to produce and emits greenhouse gases in production, as well as other chemicals into the environment
  • Uses large amounts of water for cooling, plus lubricants that can cause contamination in the water supply
  • One of the positives for polyester is that it can be recycled, and it uses less water to produce than some natural fiber materials; however it is not biodegradable . (NRDC)

This Brings Us to Cotton:

Although it’s a natural fiber, cotton is by no means an ecological darling.

Here are the problems with cotton:

  • It uses a lot of water to produce. It can take more than 20,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of cotton – which makes the equivalent of a t-shirt and a pair of jeans.
  • Non-organic cotton uses a lot of insecticides and pesticides: 2.4% of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton, and yet cotton accounts for 24% of the insecticides and 11% of the pesticides used globally. Pesticides and insecticides not only destroy natural habitats and kill insects, like bees, they also cause severe health impacts in field workers. (World Wildlife Fund)
  • Genetically-modified (GM) cotton has increased dramatically in recent years. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 94% of the cotton grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. (USDA)The list of how genetically modified seeds and crops are harming humans, animals, insects, and the environment is extensive. In the case of genetically modified cotton, it has caused farm workers to become ill with skin and respiratory problems, it has killed livestock that has ingested it, and it’s built resistance in the very pests that the genetic modification was meant to curtail, requiring farmers to increase their use of pesticides. (Canadian Biotechnology Action Network)For additional information on why genetically modified crops are so dangerous, visit the Institute for Responsible Science.

Opt for Organic Cotton

While it’s difficult to avoid cotton altogether, wherever possible, opt for organic cotton. Yes, it can be more expensive, but more people buying products made from organic cotton will help drive down the price. And the overall rewards it delivers when it comes to human and environmental health are undeniable.

And so, without further ado, I am honored to present to you and your lymphatic system, as well as the lymphatic systems of those you hold dear to your heart, and with whom you wouldn’t mind hanging out in a hammock:

12 Organic Cotton Hammocks and Hammocks Made from Recycled Materials

Organic Cotton Hammocks by La Siesta

The perfect name for a hammock company, La Siesta makes a number of Colombian and Brazilian hammocks, and notably a few styles in organic cotton.

1. Brazilian Hammock Made from Organic Cotton – Big Enough for the Whole Family


The Bossanova family hammock can hold up to 440 lbs. It’s made from cotton “from organic cultivation: fair to humans, fair to nature, and with supreme softness.” Your purchase willsupport street children in Brazil – La Siesta donates 5 euros for each hammock sold to the street kids’ project Dito Escolinha in Brazil.

Price: $299.90

2. Colombian Hammock Made from Organic Cotton

La Siesta’s Colombian hammock can also hold 440 lbs. and is made from organic GOTS-certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) cotton. It comes in a variety of colors and is  machine-washable.

Price: $149.90

3. 100% Recycled PET Plastic and Upcycled Cotton Hammock by Eco-Hammock

Eco-Hammock makes eco-friendly hammocks recycled PET plastic bottles and discarded cotton textile scraps. The cotton textile cuttings are sorted by hand, so no re-dying is needed, increasing the Earth-friendly aspects of this cool hammock. And if you’re not happy with the hammock, they offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

  • Fits 2
  • Materials: recycled PET plastic bottles and reclaimed textile scraps
  • Comes in a variety of colors

Price: $35.95

4. Cotton Hammock Made from Recycled Cotton by Sunshine

Sunshine Hammocks are made with a minimum of 65% waste cotton fiber from t-shirt factories, which would normally be thrown away. Other materials include recycled candle wax, gathered from local churches, which is used to lubricate the cotton for weaving. These feel-good hammocks are made in a socially conscious, family-owned workshop in El Salvador, where employees are paid above standard wages, receive benefits, and work in safe conditions.

  • Easily fits one adult or 2 or 3 kids
  • Comes in two colors: Sunset Orange or and Raspberry Red

Price: $48.99

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5. Organic Cotton Rope Hammock by Coolaroo

The Coolaroo Chillax Modesta ecru hammock is made from organic cotton and comes in styles with or without a wooden spreader bar.

Price: $83.28 – $228.83

6. Recycled Plastic Bottles Hammock from Twin Oaks Hammocks


Envirope is a fiber made from recycled bottles. Get the traditional rope hammock made from recycled materials.
Price: $229.25 – $482.98

7. 100 % Organic Cotton Hammock by Firma Holzenplotz Shop


This 100% GOTS-certified cotton hammock is fair trade, ensuring that fair working conditions exist for all workers in the production chain. It fits two people.

Price: $132.18

8. 100% Organic Cotton Family-Size Hammock

Also by Firma Holzenplotz Shop, this azure-colored, extra large hammock is made in fair trade working conditions with 100% GOTS-certified cotton.

Price: $146.88

9. Eco-Friendly, Recycled Polyester and Cotton Brazilian Hammock with Travel Bag

The Bliss Brazilian hammock is made from strong, breathable, and colorfast recycled polyester and cotton fibers. It comes with its own travel bag, so you can take it wherever you go!

Price: $44.99

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10. Recycled Plastic Fair Trade Hammock

Created by the indigenous Garifuna tribe of Honduras, these hammocks are made in fair trade conditions and are handmade in the tribe’s co-op. The material is made from fast-drying, lightweight recycled plastic – great for hiking, kayaking, and more.

Price: $80.00

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11. 100% Recycled Materials Elevated Movement Hammock

The Elevated Movement Hammock is a bit of a teaser right now, because after a successful Kickstarter campaign, they’re moving to new production facilities so not taking new orders at the moment, but they will be soon. This is a great ecopreneur story. Founder Matthew Santens, an avid outdoorsman, created The Elevated Movement hammock to bring creativity and sustainability to outdoor recreation. The Elevated Movement hammock is the world’s first lightweight camping hammock made from 100% recycled materials.

Here are the stats:

  • Each hammock is made from 18 plastic bottles.
  • For each hammock sold, Elevated plants 2 trees around the world.
  • In a nutshell: 18 Bottles = 1 Hammock = 2 Trees.
  • Comes in a ton of vibrant colors and designs
  • Made in the U.S.A.

12. 100% Organic, Sustainable Handmade Hammock from the Amazon

The Jungle Hammock is made by the Warao tribe of the Amazon with 100% natural moriche rope from palm trees. These hammocks are created from a 4,000-year old weaving tradition, and each hammock takes three months to make. They can hold up to 300 lbs.


Price: $180.00

Hammock Stands and Hardware

When it comes to hammock straps for hanging the hammock from trees, I only found nylon. However, I was happy to find companies that keep the trees in mind!

Tree-Friendly Hammock Tree Straps

Wood Hammock Stands

And if there are not trees around, you can always opt for a hammock stand.

I don’t know about you, but right now, I think I’ll go chillax.

You Can Find More Organic Cotton Hammocks, Swings, and Eco-Friendly Hammock Stands on Amazon:


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