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How a Hammock-Maker Helps Campers Go Green

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This story appears in the June 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Happy camper: Seth Haber of Trek Light Gear offers products with purpose.
Happy camper: Seth Haber of Trek Light Gear offers products with purpose.
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Hot, stuffy and uncomfortable wasn't exactly how Seth Haber wanted to feel during his camping excursions. But the weekend outdoorsman, who in 2001 moved from Rhode Island to Boulder to take advantage of Colorado's abundant recreation opportunities, found the traditional setup of a tent and sleeping pad uncomfortable. He decided to create a better way for weary trekkers to get some rest.

After a year of experimenting with various fabrics and designs, Haber launched Trek Light Gear, a line of hammocks. Made from the durable nylon used for parachutes, the hammocks provide comfort for not only campers but the environment; unlike tents, they don't crush plants or leave worn spots on the ground. Though lightweight, the material is very strong--Haber says a typical Trek Light hammock can support up to 400 pounds.

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