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Alec Drummond and Jonathan Cedar met at the design consultancy Smart Design in New York City. The pair quickly bonded over their mutual interest in sustainable design in 2006 and eventually founded BioLite. Biolite develops and manufactures advanced energy products like camp stoves and other camping and kitchen products. Alec was frustrated that camping stoves required petroleum fuel and batteries, so he brainstormed the idea with Jonathan, who has an engineering background, to use wood as a clean, safe and easy modern day fuel. In addition Biolite products charge your technology and LED lights without needing an outlet. The company feels a responsibility to develop products that work well and give back to people all over the world. They have a mission to bring energy everywhere. By the year 2015, the BioLite team has grown to almost 40 full time members and together the members have over 50 years of product development experience and hold over 30 utility patents.