"Biolite, an efficient design and a response to energy needs"
BioLite is on a mission to bring power everywhere with revolutionary products that transform the way we cook, charge and light our off-grid lives. We are a team of engineers and designers, operators and analysts, storytellers and evangelists, who believe that advanced technologies, built on sustainable business practices, have the power to change the world. Our unique parallel innovation business model combines the needs of families living in energy poverty with the passions of outdoor enthusiasts who push the boundaries of outdoor living on the move.
Our founders, Jonathan and Alec, met at Smart Design in New York, where they quickly bonded over their interest in sustainable design. Alec, frustrated that almost all efficient camping stoves require fossil fuels, came up with the idea of a wood-burning stove that could use its own heat energy to improve combustion. Jonathan, an avid camper, quickly applied his engineering knowledge and the two began the design process. Countless nights, weekends and prototypes later, the BioLite CampStove was born: a portable biomass stove that takes advantage of thermoelectricity to create a smokeless fire while recharging personal devices. Jussi's search for a reusable bottle that met both his demanding hydration needs and his style failed time and time again, and he guessed he wasn't alone. He pledged to create a company that would fill that void and soon after, Mizu was born.
“We are on a mission to empower people and protect our planet through access to renewable energy”
In 2008, Jonathan and Alec took their working prototype to a combustion conference, where they discovered that their technology could have an impact: half the planet lives in energy poverty, without safe and reliable means to cook, recharge and light up; three billion people cook over smoky open fires every day, leading to 4 million premature deaths a year. It is with these shocking numbers that Jonathan and Alec set out to create a company that can bring safe and affordable energy to those who need it most. Based on the same heat-to-electricity conversion technology as the CampStove, the BioLite HomeStove is a large-format biomass stove that cuts fuel consumption by half and toxic emissions by 90%, while charging cell phones or laptops. LED lamps. But to bring this technology to life, they needed a company to bring it to life.