Cook. Charge. Go.: BioLite

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 7, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Packaging Design
Tags: biolite, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, energy, Environment, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, product design, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
BioLite CampStove

An innovative business that converts waste heat into electricity—and integrates environment, people, economy and culture from The Living Principles for Design framework—is BioLite.

BioLite, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by Jonathan Cedar and Alex Drummond and has received numerous awards for their innovative CampStove. What’s so great about it? Well, it turns heat from fire into electric energy and can charge cellphones and LED lights. I am surprised no one had thought of this sooner, but it’s pure genius.

I love the branding update and web design by Suva Design, who also did the e-commerce store, custom icons and promotional signage. In addition to an extremely well-designed product, the overall design of the brand, packaging, website and materials is stunning. I wish more outdoor products were designed and branded this nicely.

Particularly, I embrace the company and it’s products because of the values behind them. The company is passionate about sustainable design and “don’t just want to develop products that work well but also create a business that makes a positive contribution to the global community.” The sale of each CampStove model helps to fund the manufacturing of a less expensive HomeStove model that is currently in pilot-testing for distribution in developing countries worldwide.

BioLite is also a company that thinks on their feet. After Hurricane Sandy struck, the BioLite team set up charging stations outside Washington Square Park and coordinated efforts with a crew of volunteers to set up CampStove kits to distribute to the most hard hit areas, including Far Rockaway.

BioLite CampStove demo and story

BioLite branding update by Suva Design

BioLite web design by Suva Design

BioLite CampStove

BioLite technology

BioLite CampStove

BioLite CampStove comparison

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