EcoZoom – Ecological Products for the World
EcoZoom is a social enterprise and certified B Corp dedicated to bringing ecological products to the all the world’s consumers. We believe that all people should have access to beautifully designed products that will improve their health, income and environment.
We started with improved cookstoves because we saw that as one of the biggest needs in the world. They’re our flagship products. But, ouroffice in Kenya also sells solar lamps, water filters, and reusable sanitary pads to help create a more holistic healthy home solution and transform lives.
Cookstoves Around the World
EcoZoom sells improved cookstoves in both developing and developed countries because we think cooks everywhere can benefit from our products. Whether it’s for everyday cooking or recreation or emergency preparedness, EcoZoom stoves provide a solution.
More than 3 billion people – almost half the world’s population – do not have access to modern fuels like electricity and gas. Instead they cook with biomass, often on smoky three stone fires or inefficient, unimproved stoves. This results in huge impacts to people and the environment.
Health: according to the WHO, smoke from fires and unimproved stoves is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Inhaling this smoke is linked to diseases that cause over 4 million deaths a year; more than malaria or tuberculosis combined.
Social: women and girls can spend up to 4 hours a day gathering fuel, prohibiting them from attending school or participating in other economically productive activities. They are also increasingly at risk for gender-based violence as deforestation forces them to travel further from the safety of the village for fuel.
Economic: where fuel is paid for, families can spend up to 30% of their monthly income to purchase it. Compare this to the US were the average person only spends 4% of their income on energy. This forces many into a cycle of energy poverty that is difficult or impossible to break.
Environmental: the need for so much wood fuel and the production of charcoal contribute greatly to deforestation in developing countries. And the smoke from inefficient cooking is filled with methane, Co2 and other climate changing gases.
EcoZoom cookstoves offer a solution that is healthy, efficient and ecofriendly. They reduce fuel need, reduce toxic smoke and emissions and include features that reduce burn risk, making cooking safer for cooks, children and the environment. Check out our International Work page to learn more.
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