Our Story

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The majority of our lives we've designed and manufactured products for companies around the world. Mostly plastic products, by the thousands and sometimes millions of pieces. At some point we all look back and start asking questions. We found ourselves looking at our kids and wondering what kind of example we were setting and what kind of world we were leaving them. Without a clear goal we did the only thing knew how to do: we made cool stuff for our families in a way that made us proud. It felt great. Some prototypes worked and we took another step forward. Regardless of what we're working on our kids are underfoot and in our laps. Today they pick colors, test our products and help pack our products. Our products are designed to be used, re-used, repaired and handed to the next generation for their own adventures.

The majority of our lives we've designed and manufactured products for companies around the world. Mostly plastic products, by the thousands and sometimes millions of pieces. At some point we all look back and start asking questions. We found ourselves looking at our kids and wondering what kind of example we were setting and what kind of world we were leaving them. Without a clear goal we did the only thing knew how to do: we made cool stuff for our families in a way that made us proud. It felt great. Some prototypes worked and we took another step forward. Regardless of what we're working on our kids are underfoot and in our laps. Today they pick colors, test our products and help pack our products. Our products are designed to be used, re-used, repaired and handed to the next generation for their own adventures.

"You know what would be sweet..."

Earth+Kin is a family business born out of the garage. For the majority of our careers we designed products for other companies. Mostly plastic products, by the thousands and sometimes millions of pieces. We've lived and breathed the world of materials, colors, assembly methods because we absolutely love what we do. At some point in the chaos of parenthood we found ourselves looking at our kids and wondering what kind of example we we were setting--what kind of world were leaving them? And why wasn't anyone making cool gear we wanted for families like ours? It seemed pretty straight forward. So we did what we knew and made a few prototypes. However we agreed that if we made products there must be a few stipulations. First, whatever we made had to work in our family routines and withstand a beating. With a gaggle of boys at our feet swinging hammers and sticks, the products needed to be nearly indestructible. Second: Everything must be made the way we knew it should be made--no cheap plastics or disposable products. Lastly, we wanted to do something that impacted future generations in a way that was meaningful to us. So we decided to donate the profits to family based charities. When we couldn't find one that did what we thought families needed, we started our own. It was a bit painful but it felt right. Our measuring stick is family and our playground is nature--the two things we will never cease to fight for....Earth+Kin.

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Creatures of habit

Earth+Kin is a family owned and operated business. The majority of our careers we designed products for other companies. Mostly plastic products, by the thousands and sometimes millions of pieces. We've lived/breathed the world of materials, colors, assembly methods ad nauseum because we absolutely love what we do. At some point in the chaos of parenthood we found ourselves looking at our kids and wondering what kind of example we we were setting and what kind of world we were leaving them. Without a clear goal we did the only thing knew how to do: we made cool stuff. But this time we made it for us and our families. We made it the way we knew it should be made. No cheap plastics to increase margins. No buyers to answer to other than our own kids. It felt right. Our measuring stick is family and our playground is nature--the two things we will never cease to fight for....Earth+Kin.

We sincerely thank you for stopping by! Feel free to drop us a note or send us your feedback!

More important than our past or our name is our purpose. We firmly believe in the power of nature to shape and transform people. We share concern with many of our colleagues and partners that that our collective mindset around cheap consumption is not sustainable, and this is our response. We founded Earth+Kin as a mission based company, committed to donating 100% of our profits towards cleaning up our planet, educating our youth, and renewing our spirit through the lens of nature. Check our the Earth+Kin Foundation for more information on exactly how we do that.

Misison: 10,000 Families

Our mission is to support 10,000 families in need. We are recipients of this support and know first hand the needs of families battling cancer, separation, mental health and more. We firmly believe in the power of nature to shape and transform people and we aim to share this experience with as many families as possible. We founded Earth+Kin as a mission based company, committed to donating 100% of our profits towards cleaning up our planet and renewing our spirit through the lens of nature. Check out the Earth+Kin Foundation for information on exactly how we put this into action!


A note about plastics...

We are not conflicted about plastic. Plastics are incredible in the right circumstances. We've worked intimately with plastics from manufacturing floors to hospital beds and have seen it literally save lives. We also know that plastics have limitations. Plastics simply do not last - at least in the forms we intend. Legally, safety devices made of plastic must be discarded after a few years because they eventually degrade and fail. Plastics are cheap in the short term at the the long term expense of our planet. Cheap, plastic products quickly get passed to landfills and shed microparticles into our waterways and ecosystem. E+K uses aircraft grade aluminums instead of plastic. Our fabric products utilize renewable bamboo or certified post consumer plastic waste that is converted into quality fabric for another life. We never use single use plastics of any kind and we continually challenge all of our abilities to make our products stronger, better and safer for our planet today and 10 years from now.

Into the Storm

Seeking intentional, outdoors families

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A Personal Note

8 years ago, we panicked. We had “good jobs”, making more money than our brains were worth. We even had dental insurance. In theory this was the dream. But our souls were dimming . How could we inspire our kids to cross the ocean when we didn’t have time to make it to the beach?

A lot has happened since then. Most importantly, we started listening to the small voice inside that often gets pushed away by the “right thing” to do. For us, the right thing to do is ask our kids if we inspire them. If the answer is yes, we