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Dining Al Fresco, Doing Good

July 9, 2018

We can’t tell if it’s the fresh air or golden light or the novelty of it all, but it’s hard to deny the allure of cooking outside. 

These five Good Companies not only have the right gear for it — from tiny balconies to big backyards or the nearest park — they’re also doing amazing, innovative work. Check them out:

BioLite Clean Energy FirePit Cooking
BioLite – FirePit

BioLite’s mission is to provide anyone, anywhere, with access to affordable, clean energy: they charge more for their creatively sustainable products in developed countries so that they can sell them for less in developing markets. From solar-powered lights to portable grills and pizza ovens, they’ve got everything you need to live off the grid…or just play off of it!

MPOWERD Waterproof Solar Light Cooking
MPOWERD – Give Luci Light

MPOWERD is a champion of affordable, renewable clean energy, and they work to provide reliable access to electricity around the world. Plus, if you purchase one of their Give Luci models, they’ll donate one to someone in need.  Their lightweight, waterproof solar lights come in a whole range of colors and help set the right mood.

United by Blue Enamelware Mug Cooking
United by Blue – Enamelware Mug

United by Blue uses sustainable materials to make their products, from camp cookware to coolers to enamelware (and steel, and copper…!), and are dedicated to protecting the environment. For every item purchased, they remove one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways. To date, they’ve removed over one million pounds of trash!

Bloom & Give Indian Textiles Napkins Cooking
Bloom & Give – Kitchen Towels

The two founders of Bloom & Give were born in India, and their mission is to highlight the incredible work of the artisans there through pieces like this apron and beach (or picnic!) blanket. Plus, as fathers to young women, they donate 10% of their sales (roughly 50% of profits) to organizations in India that support girls’ education.

UncommonGoods BBQ Toolbox Kit Cooking
UncommonGoods – BBQ Toolbox

UncommonGoods uses environmentally friendly packaging, and works with artists to create pieces that take advantage of recycled materials — and they pay their seasonal workers 100% above minimum wage. Their fully stocked supply includes candlessolar lanternsportable BBQ kits, and more (read: entire kitchen and bar section we aren’t even going into).