Frustrated that almost all efficient camping stoves required fossil fuels, Jonathan and Alec, (who met at Smart Design in New York City and quickly bonded over sustainable design)  had the idea of a wood-burning stove able to utilize its own thermal energy to improve combustion. Jonathan, a keen camper, quickly brought his engineering background to the table and the two began the design process. Many nights, weekends and prototypes later, the BioLite CampStove was born: a portable biomass stove that leveraged thermoelectrics to create a smokeless fire which has the additional function of creating enough electricity to charge personal devices.

Half the planet lives in energy poverty, lacking safe and reliable ways to cook, charge, and light their lives; three billion people cook over smoky open fires every day, leading to four million premature deaths annually.
timeline_2013_2It was in this setting that Jonathan and Alec committed to building a business capable of bringing safe, affordable energy to those who needed it most. Based on the same heat-to-electricity technology as the CampStove, the BioLite HomeStove, is a large format biomass cooking stove that cuts fuel consumption in half and reduces toxic emissions by ninety percent, all while charging mobile phones or LED lighting.

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However to even dent a problem as big as energy poverty the philosophy needs to be as big as the problem, BioLite believe this comes not just from philanthropy but from the scale of value it delivers to their customers.

BioLite have developed Parallel Innovation, a concept in which engineers and designers create energy technologies, like the CampStove, which are unique to the outdoors market. Revenues from this business are reinvested in building a sustainable business which can bring safe, affordable energy to families living in energy poverty across India and Africa.

Today the team has grown from two guys in Brooklyn to over 100 BioLiters working across the US, Uganda, Kenya and India. They have expanded their energy ecosystem from one stove to over 20 products across cooking, charging, and lighting, and continue to design solutions that are revolutionizing the way people worldwide experience energy on a personal scale.

We love, use and stock BioLite for the sleek designs, supported by field-use-practicality and an ethical and environmental philosophy. We cant wait to see the range develop and spread to parts of the world which will really benefit everyone.

 

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