Before science was invented, going green used to mean chugging a 2-liter of broccoli juice, then spinning around a baseball bat for 30 seconds. Exercise a healthier expression of blue and yellow's love-child with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a GreenFire wood stove (a $82.95 value) and organic cotton T-shirt (a $27 value) plus free shipping (within Oregon and Washington) from StoveTec (a $109.95 total value).
Recipient of the 2009 Ashden International Energy Champion Award, the Aprovecho Research Center and SSM in China has developed a line of portable StoveTec cookers that promotes environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and peaceful, misty mornings at the chopping stump. The one-of-a-kind GreenFire wood stove sports a cast-iron stovetop and adjustable skirt to heat pots up to 11 inches in diameter with minimal wastage, as well as an abrasion-resistant, insulated combustion chamber and easily cleaned steel body for uncomplicated upkeep. StoveTec is owned by Aprovecho Research Center, a lab deeply invested in distributing clean-burning, low-cost stoves to third-world communities overseas.
The Ashden Awards gave Aprovecho Research Center and Shengzhou Stoves—developer and manufacturer (respectively) of StoveTec stoves—the 2009 Ashden International Energy Champion Award. StoveTec has also been featured in Popular Mechanics and the Register-Guard.