EcoZoom’s founding team is moving to Nairobi, Kenya to open their second office with the goal of developing a commercial market for clean cookstoves in East Africa. EcoZoom is introducing its new charcoal-only cookstove, the Zoom Jet, into urban markets while working with distribution partners to reach cooks in rural areas with its wood stove line. The Zoom Jet will save cooks 55% in fuel costs and eliminate 70% of harmful air pollutants. EcoZoom_Kenya Move_Press Release.
The Portland-based company produces and internationally distributes a highly efficient, durable biomass cookstove, designed by the nonprofit Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove.
Oregon Business Magazine profiles EcoZoom CEO Ben West. EcoZoom is one of the 33 Oregon B Corps, businesses that have been certified as socially and environmentally responsible. Read full story.
Where some see only sad statistics, Portland-based EcoZoom sees a market opportunity—a way to “help people and make a good living.” One year after the company began distributing safer, less-polluting cookstoves, EcoZoom is on track to meet both its revenue and do-gooder goals. Portland State’s Social Innovation Incubator is helping it get there. See the Full Story
EcoZoom Partners with EarthMatters – March 2012
EcoZoom and EarthMatters are forming a partnership to develop market and distribute a new line of efficient cookstoves that are locally manufactured and commercially viable without the need of grants, carbon subsidies or giveaways. These new stoves will be half the cost of comparable products without sacrificing on efficiency, durability or design attractiveness. EcoZoom EarthMatters Partnership Press Release
A certified B Corporation, EcoZoom has a mission to make safer cookstoves available at a low price point to people who currently rely on unsafe cookstoves or open-fire cooking. The company just finished installing 10,000 cookstoves across Mexico in a pilot project See the Full Story
Project Mexico – February 2012
Ten thousand families in Mexico now have a safer, healthier, more efficient way to cook. These families were part of an improves cookstove pilot project spearheaded by EcoZoom, a company dedicated to making cooking safe for people and the planet. EcoZoom Project Mexico Press Release
EcoZoom Begins! – May 2011
EcoZoom is now the exclusive distributor for developing countries for the Aprovecho Research Center and StoveTec. Former management of StoveTec started EcoZoom to rapidly increase the distribution of improved cookstoves. Three billion people need a safer, healthier, cheaper way to cook; EcoZoom is part of the movement to make it happen. EcoZoom Begins Press Release