Seventy percent of forest fires in North America are caused by human-related activities, almost all of which are preventable. But what if we told you there was a way you could enjoy your cozy campfire in a safe and eco-conscious way?

Tired of the smoke from the forest fires in his hometown of Vancouver, Malik Sayadi founded Backcountry Bonfires in the summer of 2021. His goal? To reinvent the outdoor campfire experience with a portable, reusable and eco-friendly campfire.

Each bonfire is made with food-grade soy wax and paper briquettes in a recyclable tin. Simply light the paper briquette with a lighter (jet lighters work best) and you've got a warm, welcoming fire that will last you 3 to 4 hours. When you're done, place the lid back on to extinguish it.

While it was designed for ‘backcountry’ trips and hikes, the Backcountry bonfire is much more versatile. Bring it with you for a picnic on a cold day, or set it up on your patio or backyard to stay warm and cozy during the chilly winter months.backcountry bonfire drinksIn addition to leaving no trace or mess in the environment around you, it’s also easy to pack and store without any hassle. Pro tip: If you don't want to have a fire for the full four hours, you can extinguish it after 30 minutes and re-light it later.

What are you waiting for? Grab your bonfire and stay warm (and sustainable!) this winter.