Kiwi Clean Living’s vision is to provide simple, pragmatic solutions that meet the needs of our most vulnerable communities. We do this by way of simple, smart technologies, together with a range of support programmes delivered either by our team at KCL or one of our wonderful partner organisations.
Crippling poverty, health issues, and degrading ecosystems make up our core focus.
The increasing severity of conditions associated with climate change, and more recently the Covit19 Pandemic has accelerated our need to act with renewed urgency. With every event, earthquake, flood or cyclone, communities are driven close to the edge. This creates ongoing anxiety, physical and mental stress. Feelings of hopelessness are a very real issue.
It is our mission to identify and provision appropriate solutions and partnerships with individuals, governments, and businesses in order to build community-led capacity and resilience. We invite you to take some time to read some of the stories posted here.
The true cost of living in a poverty trap…
There is a widening gap between income and the cost of living. This can be very hard to bridge when access to basic appliances such as cookstoves are not available with alternates requiring power supplies or imported fuels.
Not only are people financially constrained but time-poor as days are spent gathering fuel, and then spending hours preparing food over an open fire.
This ties many Pasifika women to the task of keeping fires going while caring for young children who are then subjected to unhealthy smoke, often receiving serious burns.
Time free of this daily grind creates a window of opportunity for other activities in the community or establishing their own business, as is the case with Samoa’s Women in Business Movement.
The ACE1 offers fast, safe and clean cooking while using readily available sustainable fuel such as coconut shells.
Over the past 2 years, we have gathered evidence that these complex issues need not always involve expensive, complex solutions. The answers lay in education on health and diet, along with access to tools that meet community needs.
1st: Combating the negative
2nd: Creating the Positive
The ACE1 - a 3 in 1 solution
The ACE 1 is an advanced cookstove which reduces smoke emissions to negligible levels.
Research and Development
Kiwi Clean Living is currently developing an exciting new product to expand the capacity of the ACE1 Cookstove.
The ZECO (Zero Energy Cook Oven)
The Zeco is based on an old idea delivered using developments in natural fibre technologies.
Made of natural materials this is an environmentally friendly product made from natural fibres. NZ Wool and Cotton. In partnership with Fibretech we have deployed their a spun wool insulation inner to our a cookbag design.
The Zeco enables food brought to heat to remain cooking at temperature for several hours without additional energy input. Unlike its predecessor, we have removed the reliance on polystyrene fill to retain food at a constant temperature.
This allows families to prepare larger meals while removing the need to maintain the cooking process.
Kiwi Clean Living maintains its focus on building income-generating opportunities for the communities we serve. We achieve this in partnership with the Pacific Communities we distribute to (as we do in the assembly of the ACE1) We provide patterned materials to be ‘finished off’ in Pasifikasol Style who are licensed for distribution and sale.