Light My Fire

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Who They Are

An obsession with the age-old technology of the spark-producing Maya Sticks began what is now the creation of Light My Fire: a Swedish outdoor brand focused on creating items functional and fun enough to be used indoors and out. Knowing others would love their ideas too, Light My Fire has been using creativity to sell and market their products in ingenious ways since 1995.

Light My Fire has been focused on philanthropy and sustainability from day one. In the early stages, founder Michael Odqvist was in awe of these ingenious fire sticks, which were produced from the discarded stumps of pine trees by Guatemala natives. With the mission to help descendants of Maya Indians raise money to send their children to school, Michael began a fair trade production facility in Guatemala. Years later, the Swedish Army and MayaSticks created a product that could be used to start a fire at any altitude and in any weather, giving Light My Fire the launching pad they needed to realize their full potential. While TinderSticks are still their claim to fame, one of their most loved products is the Spork, accompanied by other favorites like MealKit, Pack-up-Cup, ReStraw, Harness, and many other clever, practical products you need to eat outdoors in a civilized way.

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Why We Like Them

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword for Light My Fire. Raw materials, production, use, and recycling are all considered when discussing the lifecycle of their products, using sustainability itself as a resource. In 2019, this includes adjustments to their packaging, materials, and improvements in their transparency. 

Materials – In 2019, Light My Fire made a revolutionary change to their product line by switching their manufacturing over to entirely to bioplastics. A combination of sugarcane, wood waste, and GMO free corn, this material is compostable in commercial facilties is less harsh on the environment to proce compared to plastic. These bio-products allow Light My Fire to continue their mission of bringing design, color, and function to multi-use products. 

Packaging – Light My Fire sees packaging not only as a shield protecting the product but also as an opportunity. They’ve implemented recycled plastic mesh bags to hold many of their items as well as replacing all cardboard with 100% recycled, unbleached, energy-efficient, and chemical-free alternatives. Less waste and fewer resources being used? That’s an A+ in our book. 

Transparency – To accompany these changes, Light My Fire has published a page including the sourcing and supplier of every component of every product they offer. Talk about a showstopper! They urge any and all companies to follow suit. Light My Fire believes in accountability, changes what doesn’t work, and is always looking for a new way to do things better. 

Swedish Manufacturing – Manufacturing products in their own Swedish factory allows for Light My Fire to keep a close eye on quality, cuts down on transportation costs, and shortens turnaround time. Less transportation means lower emissions, so the environment wins, too. 

  • Sustainably Harvested
    Sustainably Harvested
  • Recycled Packaging
    Recycled Packaging
  • Sugarcane Pulp
    Sugarcane Pulp
  • FSC Certified Wood
    FSC Certified Wood
  • Recycled PET Fabric
    Recycled PET Fabric
  • 100% Recycled Content
    100% Recycled Content

Some or all of the ingredients or materials used to produce this item have been sustainably harvested. Sustainable practices involve managing land in ways that prevent overharvesting, preserve the natural ecosystems and animal habitats, and ensure a sustainable harvest for the future.

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that contain recycled content.

As sugar is harvested from the sugarcane plant, a fiber is left behind, called bagasse. This fiber has been left as waste or burned as fuel in the past, but companies are learning to utilize it in a more earth-friendly way. By breaking the bagasse down into a pulp, it can be molded into paperlike products. This sustainable process doesn’t require additional cultivation, as the sugarcane plants are already harvested for other uses! The biodegradable material made from sugarcane pulp can be used in napkins, cardboard, toilet paper, and more.

Products with the Forest Stewardship Council certification are made from or with wood sourced from FSC managed forests. FSC standards ensure the respect and wellbeing of indegneous peoples, forest workers, and local communities. Harvesting in certified forests maintains the ecological functions of each habitat. FSC prohibits the use of pesticides, GMOs, and the conversion of forests to plantations. As a third party, not-for-profit agency, FSC provides nonbiased audits of forest management.

Recycled PET utilizes salvaged post-industrial PET scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers. These plastics are dried, crushed, and spun into yarn in order to create recycled PET fabric, or polyester. By providing a use for recycled plastics, companies encourage recycling programs worldwide, while adding new value to discarded items. Currently, over half of virgin PET production goes towards making textiles, so by utilizing recycled PET, post-consumer materials are both diverting waste while taking the place of raw materials. This helps to reduce the demand for the extraction of oil, as well as energy used to produce new synthetic fibers.

Recycling is the process of taking an otherwise-discarded item or material and cleaning, sorting, and breaking it down into its basic form (such as fibers or pellets). This material is then used to produce new items. Recycling keeps useful materials from being discarded in landfills, prevents resource extraction due to the creation of new materials, and provides a new life for used items. Recycling can utilize both pre-consumer waste (materials left over from production) or post-consumer materials (used clothing, empty water bottles, etc). This product is made from 100% recycled content.

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