Paper is not something you’d normally want to put near an open flame. Unless you’re trying to stoke that flame, of course. So when we heard about a paper cooking pot designed to make it easier for backpackers to eat hot food on the open trail, we thought it must have been a typo. Upon closer inspection, it appears the rumor is both true and awesome.
Energia’s Hexa Pot solves the age old problem of excessive weight and clunky shape that plague most backcountry camp stoves. Although they may be made from the lightest metal possible, these pots are still oddly shaped and too rigid to be shoved down in a backpack with any success. Made entirely from paper, the pot is designed to travel completely flat and then fold into a pot shape after you’ve made camp for the night.
Like its doppelganger the take-out container, the Hexa-Pot is designed for single use and then disposal. While this is less desirable than a reuseable pot, it eliminates the need for dish washing on the trail (the sanitation of which is questionable) and the used pot can always become fuel for the fire as soon as the meal is over (saving a tree, perhaps). Even if accidentally left on the trail, Energia says the pot is 100 percent biodegradable and should break down within two or three years.
According to Gizmag, Hexa-Pots come in two sizes and are ideal for boiling/purifying water and cooking things like pasta, soup and chili. The small pot holds a liter (33.8 fl oz) and the large pot holds two liters (67.6 fl oz). The company plans to launch an Amazon store to sell the paper pots on August 1. Prices start at US$5.49 for a pack of two small pots, and pre-orders are available now.