A 2014 B Corp Best for the World for Overall Impact honoree, Yellow Leaf Hammocks is encouraging people to do good by relaxing. The San Francisco, California-based company offers 100 percent handwoven hammocks that are engineered for supreme comfort and durability and directly support artisan jobs in Thailand. Founded by “hammock-preneurs” Joe Demin and Rachel Connors, Yellow Leaf sells bright, colorful hammocks in three sizes – hanging chair, classic double, and family-sized. Customers can also design their own hammocks.
The mission of Yellow Leaf is to change the world from the comfort of a hammock. Each product directly empowers the company’s hill-tribe artisan weavers and their families in rural northern Thailand, who previously worked as indentured field laborers and made only a few dollars per month. Children worked with their parents instead of going to school, and pesticides and land clearing destroyed the regional environment. Yellow Leaf Hammocks seeks to empower these families and communities by creating safe, high-wage jobs that enable them to leave the toxic slash-and-burn agriculture industry, escape the cycle of poverty, and join the middle class.
Instead of charity, Yellow Leaf Hammocks provides its weavers with the tools and dignity to build a better future. A Yellow Leaf weaver can earn as much as a college-educated teacher. The company takes a comprehensive approach to economic development, social impact, and sustainability by promoting environmental stewardship, social equity, economic health, and cultural autonomy. Yellow Leaf has been featured in The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Living, Forbes, Good, and Elle Decor. The certified B Corporation is a partner of Kiva, Toms Marketplace, Carbonfund, and Youth Trade.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks was started to save the Mlabri tribe from extinction. When the land around them was claimed and deforested, they were impoverished and without citizenship. Yellow Leaf has played a significant role in developing a sustainable micro-economy in the region.