A UK-based NGO is working with local communities in Malawi to reduced deforestation. Together they created a stove that has resulted in a 67 percent reduction in firewood for cooking needs. Positive side effects are less smoke and fewer burns.
It sounds too good to be true, but in making a cook stove out of simple mud bricks, families in Malawi are not only reducing the threat of dangerous burns, but slowing the rate of deforestation.
Palm oil is practically everywhere, whether it be food, cosmetics or gasoline. And it is not always easy to identify. So I decided to understand this ubiquitous stuff better. Turns out, I was naive.
An Austrian man is trying to prevent deforestation in Ethiopia by using the dregs of the coffee production industry as fuel. He turns the fruit of the plant into briquettes that can be used for cooking and heating.
Even the best planned journeys can follow an unexpected course. A wrong turn spelled the start of an adventure that brought Malawi a simple cookstove capable of saving lives. And trees.
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