Faire Arbeitsbedingungen

In this part of the world, people usually sway in their hammocks between two trees on a warm summer afternoon, simply as relaxation. Not so in South America, where many people traditionally sleep in their hammocks at nighttimes, these have served as beds for generations.

Traditional hammock production in Brazil started running into trouble a few years ago, however, as increasing volumes of cheap foam mattresses from the Far East threatened to replace the hammock as the normal bed. Numerous manufactures were forced to close down and many jobs were lost in Ceara, the poorest region in Brazil.

One of these hammock factories, which had stood empty for years, is the birthplace of AMAZONAS. Together with a Brazilian, we bought the complex in 1996, renovated the buildings and purchased new weaving looms. The pace of growth was so fast that, in 2002, the old buildings were torn down and replaced by a new, state-of-the-art production hall. The modern hall has been equipped with additional looms and a new dust extraction system to ensure a dust-free working environment.

The export of AMAZONAS hammocks today provides more than 100 workers with a secure job. The majority of them is paid two to three times the minimum legal wage, which offers them and their families a steady income. In addition, they enjoy social standards which are largely unheard of in the rural areas of Brazil, such as social security, health insurance and paid holidays.

Exports to Europe provide further benefits for the workers. The quality of the raw materials we use corresponds to European standards. The environmental compatibility of the dyes used does not just help the rivers and streams in Brazil, but also means a healthy working environment for the workers who process the dyed cotton. Also, ear muffs for hearing protection are used practically nowhere else except in our factory.

In order to ensure the high quality of our products, we furthermore have our hammocks analysed at regular intervals for azo dyes, heavy metals, formaldehyde and other pollutants.

So that you can relax with complete peace of mind!