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UCO, the Washington manufacturer of essential outdoor lighting accessories, has developed a greener way to light a fire. UCO’s SweetFire is an innovative new strikable fire starter made from a sugarcane by-product called bagasse. This incredible material produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions when burned than are absorbed by the plants while growing, making a completely emission-neutral cycle.
“We wanted to continue UCO’s tradition of innovative fire starting while avoiding the chemicals found in so many current products,” says Peter Pontano, Industrial Revolution’s Marketing and Product Development Manager. “We were blown away when we heard about bagasse and wanted to find out how we could make this into a one-of-a-kind fire starter.”
Bagasse is a fibrous waste product created during the process of extracting sugar from sugarcane, and is often used as a biofuel. Pontano says UCO learned about bagasse while researching agricultural by-products, and quickly realized they could source it locally from one of their existing match factories. He says SweetFire came about when they added a proprietary mix of vegetable-based wax to the bagasse, creating a long-lasting fire starter that’s eco-friendly at the same time.
“We manufacture and sell products all over the globe and want to have a positive impact on the world in general,” says Pontano. “This product lets us do that by giving campers and survivalists a cleaner option for lighting their fires.”
SweetFire features a unique point shape that allows it to fit snugly into a standard match box. The integrated match head can be ignited using the striking strip on the package and will burn for over 7 minutes, ample time to get even the most stubborn tinder started. SweetFire will retail for $5.99 for a box of 20.
The new UCO SweetFire will be on display at Summer Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City at the Industrial Revolution booth #40.
Cascadian born in 1971, UCO (pronounced “you-co”) provides trusted essentials in heat, light, and power that can be used from the backcountry to the backyard. Delivering light where you need it, UCO’s versatile product line includes the Original Candle Lantern™, LED Lighting, Stormproof Matches™, StakeLights™, and portable grills. UCO is a division of Industrial Revolution, Inc., a Seattle-based company that manufactures and distributes products enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.
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