Roping in a Father's Day Hammock


Hammock and eggs. It’s what’s for Father’s Day breakfast! After a great deal of green soul searching for the right gift for my anti-consumption husband, I cannot think of a more suitable gesture than presenting him with yet another reclining opportunity: an eco hammock.

Sure, the red sectional sofa in the TV room is comfy for re-watching John from Cincinnati episodes. He’s mad about the coral twill daybed under the window in the master bedroom.  And you can’t beat those gold Ralph Lauren fabric club chairs with the slipcovered ottoman in his little library off the living room. Does that guy like to kick his feet up, or what? But sometimes, an outdoorsy guy needs to hang his hat – and his torso – on the green, green, eco grass of home.

Tethered to trees or perched on a stand, hammocks bring a resort appeal to our environments, and can be found at sites like (fittingly) Hammocks in  variety of eco friendly materials like living hemp ($180) or natural eucalyptus ($350). The models include their own hanging hardware, which is handy if you happen to have large trees in your yard.

Since my San Francisco yard is more formal than forest, I’m in the market for a hammock with a stand. I also like the idea of a hammock for two, so occasionally we can cuddle when he wakes up from his naps. If there’s the slightest chance your hubby might enjoy sipping beer while doing nothing for hours in his hammock, throw in the Rope Drink Holder ($13), a little mesh sling that attaches to the hammock for cradling daddy’s drink. Yes, we don’t want him to move a muscle…except when it’s time to fix the faucet, kill a spider, fire up the grill or help pay the bills.

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Luanne Bradley

Luanne Sanders Bradley is the West coast Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in San Francisco, California.