One of the many good things about having our office and workshop on a working campsite is that we get to see what works and what doesn’t in the world of camping. As well chatting to the campers about our products and getting vital feedback we get to see what other stuff and equipment they’ve brought with them and how it fairs…..
The above photo says it all… it’s coming towards the end of the summer season now and this crate fills up every year with broken chairs, camp tables, gazebos and tents to name but a few.
Sustainable design isn’t just about making products from eco-friendly materials that can be renewed or easily recycled; it’s also about designing things that are fit for purpose, that will last and in some instances develop more character with age. Good design leads to good products that we cherish and want to repair if they get damaged – and can repair. Making them out of good materials and desirable enough that the customer will want to pay that little bit extra for them is what we like to do… in the end this leads to something you wont have to pay twice for, if not more.
Its a real shame things aren’t just made to last anymore. We should have confidence when walking into the high street camping shop or garden center that the things we buy are fit for purpose and will, at least, last out the trip however mass production, mass profits and mass volume win out. This shouldn’t be the way. Next time have a think about what you need and are buying. If it’s going to be something you’ll want to use over and over again then go that extra bit further and look for something great, something that’s made with a bit of love, care and attention to detail.
If you’d like to know a bit more about our products and what we can offer you then take a look in our shop. We’re working on some new products for next season too – things that we’ve found in the bin and think we can do better at! Watch this space Happy Camping!