For some, summertime equals campfires and BBQ parties. However, what counts as a luxurious and enjoyable pastime for the lucky few, is actually a serious healthhazard for most. Globally, over four million people die every year from household air pollution, mostly due to cooking over burning wood, animal dung or charcoal. To paint another grim picture of the situation, the average wood-burning stove can produce 400 cigarettes worth of smoke every hour.

By: Scot Frank

Eight years ago in the Himalayas, a group of nomads, scientists, and entrepreneurs dreamt of a business that helps both people and the planet. Today, One Earth Designs creates and sells products that are already providing clean energy to thousands of people in need.

Winning the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2010, and the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery and DOEN Foundation, has made our dream possible. They have enabled us to get life-saving technologies into the homes of people who would otherwise be poisoned by the smoke from burning polluting fuels for their basic energy needs.

Summertime often equals campfires and BBQ parties. However, what serves as a luxurious and enjoyable pastime for the lucky few, is actually serious health-hazard for most. Globally, over 4 million people die every year from household air pollution mostly due to cooking over burning wood, animal dung or charcoal. To paint a grim picture, the average wood-burning stove can produce 400 cigarettes’ worth of smoke every hour. Besides abundant health issues, this widely used practice has other detrimental side effects as well such as deforestation and pollution. The solution: SolSource, the solar powered cooker…

We asked some of our previous winners Eben Bayer, Molly Morse, Scot Frank, Ginger Dosier and Nick Christy if they have any useful tips for turning a plan into reality. Here is what they said:


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