Cooking shouldn't kill
Efficient wood burning Eco-stove gives the immediate benefits of improved health, time availability, resource saving and efficiency.
Ecological concrete cookstoves are an efficient technology and represent a solution to the problem of traditional cooking with open fires or rudimentary cookstoves.
Traditional cooking with open fires or rudimentary cookstoves cause the premature death of millions of people annually in developing countries.
This efficient wood burning concrete stove is the hub and core of what is provided each family for self sustainability.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Clean cookstoves represent an ideal alternative to open fire stoves which cause household air pollution (HAP) that claims the lives of 2 million people annually, and leaves millions more suffering from cancer, pneumonia, heart and lung disease. In addition to these illnesses resulting from HAP, rudimentary cookstoves contribute to deforestation and diminish local air quality through toxic smoke emissions.
Time and wood are saved as the stove is so much more efficient than the open fire. The women do not spend all their day from early morning to late evening tending and stoking their fire. They are able to light up and use their Eco-stoves quickly and cleanly. They use up to 75% less fire wood, as the stove is so much more effective in burning all the wood without the loss of energy in the form of smoke and gases. The cook stove also has a flue to channel any smoke or gases that might remain, out of the house.
Clean cookstoves are meant to provide sustainable solutions for people at the bottom of the pyramid, allowing a substantial improvement of the quality of life in communities while at the same time protecting the environment.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
The development of this social business is an action that, among others, the company I work for (CEMEX) performs as part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative that seeks to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households globally by 2020. This initiative was launched in 2010 by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Under that context, CEMEX has already begun the sale and installation of 100,000 concrete stoves in Mexico and Guatemala.
Yes, for two or more years
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
CEMEX has been working during the last 3 years in the clean cookstoves field, mainly in Latin America. I hope this post will inspire others and foster the adoption of efficient cookstoves in other parts of the world.