If you hate the smell of conventional firelighters and often wonder about those chemicals getting into your braai meat, then you’ll be as pleased as I was to hear about these new eco-friendly firelighters…

Bright idea – unique new eco-friendly coffee fire lighters launched in SA

A new non-toxic FireFly Biofuel firelighter, made out of recycled coffee, biodegradable vegetable wax, recycled wood and unrefined sugar has been developed and launched onto the South African market and is now available at Brights Hardware.

The eco-friendly FireFly fire starters don’t contain any petroleum products or toxic chemicals and have a zero carbon footprint

The FireFly Biofuel fire starter is made in a doughnut shape that enhances the burning time. Conventional products claim an average of 11 minutes of burning time, whereas FireFly Biofuel has an average burning time of more than double that (25 to 30 minutes).

Child- and pet-friendly, and are natural bug repellents

“In addition to being eco-friendly, Firefly Biofuel fire starters don’t leave any residual chemicals when handled and so there are no smelly hands after use,” says Orlando Luis of Brights Hardware. “They are child- and pet-friendly and are natural bug repellents – which makes them great for camping as well.”

FireFly fire starters are the brainchild of Kai Casson and Mariska van der Heide who came up with the idea out of a concern for the amount of toxins that are present in the average home on an everyday basis.

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Originally testing started in a Wendy house in the back garden. After months of adaptation and innovation, Kai and Mariska finally produced a product that met all the goals they had set – essential to which was the replacement of the petroleum ingredients for a natural equivalent.

Firefly Biofuel is available from Brights Hardware stores situated in Boston, Blackheath, Langebaan, Mitchells Plain, Montague Park, Plattekloof, Stikland and Uitzicht and retails for R49,95. There is also an online store available at www.brights.co.za. For more information contact 0861 333 777.