How Eco-Friendly Cookstoves Are Saving Lives And Solving A Gender Rights Problem

Household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels caused about 4.3 million deaths, most of them women and children, in 2012. And to Phil Ferranto, that’s unacceptable.

He’s the co-founder of EcoZoom — a social enterprise that connects eco-friendly products to consumers in developing countries, like Kenya, Haiti and Nigeria, Mashable reported.

The certified B Corp has sold more than 210,000 clean cookstoves, many of those to people who otherwise may rely on open fires to cook their food — a practice that, due to the inhalation of carbon monoxide and other pollutants, is the largest environmental contributor to poor health, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

But the Portland, Oregon-based company isn’t just bettering global health — it’s making women and girls safer and setting them up for brighter futures, too.

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Posted by EcoZoom on Thursday, July 3, 2014

As the company points out on its website, women and girls in some regions of the world can spend up to four hours each day gathering fuel to burn for open fire cooking, leaving them more vulnerable to gender-based violence while they’re away from their villages looking for resources. They also may miss out on receiving an education, as feeding their families takes priority.

EcoZoom’s clean cookstoves burn more efficiently than unimproved methods — needing between 50 to 60 percent less fuel — so women aren’t forced to spend as much time scavenging for resources, Mashable reported. What’s more, the stoves let off significantly less harmful emissions than traditional methods, improving the health of families who use them.

Creating products for women was crucial in EcoZoom’s success, —> Read More