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.

What does your dad do?

My heart sank. I had a great job making products by the millions, but for all my talk of resuing bags, reducing consumption and spending time together as a family, I wasn't showing my kids an example I could stand behind. I knew we couldn't solve the world's problems around plastic consumption and living patterns, but we came to the conclusion we could maybe offer a different way of thinking. The concept seemed very straight forward. So we did what we knew and made a few prototypes in the garage. We agreed that if we made products there must be a few stipulations. First: Our products had to withstand a beating. With seven boys swinging hammers and sticks, the products needed to be nearly indestructible. Second: No cheap plastics or disposable products. Third: Mission. We must proactively fund and think how we affect future generations with our decisions. When we couldn't find a non-profit that helped families in a way we thought they 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.

Mission: Withness

Making products is what we know, withness is what we strive for. In a world propelled towards individualism and digital realms, we aim to bring friends and family together to experience the tangible. We call it "withness" - to be fully present, undestracted and attentive to your immediate company. We donate 10% of our profits to charity, and started a registered 501(c)3 non profit to helping communities develop relationships that are deep, rich and life giving. The challenges we face are vague, tangled, and impossibly big--we're not naive to these facts. But if we can't fight for community, relationships and nature, what can we fight for?

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

Coming soon: Intentional Outdoor Adventures

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