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Meet the teen behind SHREDS firestarters...



Ben is a 16 year old sophomore at Conard High School with autism. He enjoys swimming, listening to music and watching YouTube videos.


He also loves to sit in front of a roaring fire.



In the winter, his fireplace is ablaze almost every night.


In the summer, he loves to sit around a firepit on weekends with family and friends.




Ben is nonverbal and can find many vocational skills challenging so when Ben started shredding paper it was such an AHA moment



We combined what we knew about Ben's interests and his skill level to create SHREDS firestarters




Ben picks the colors for the paper and shreds all the paper. He places in it muffin pans where a perfected combination of all natural wax and sawdust is added.



For the pinecone firestarters, Ben hikes with family and friends and finds the perfect pinecones.


 Ben also makes SHREDS Egg Firestarters using the same formula but in a convenient 12-pack. Just tear off a SHREDS Egg and light it under your wood.


Each firestarter is made with love and makes starting a fire in your fireplace, firepit or campfire a breeze.  No newspaper or kindling needed. No hassle.


SHREDS Pinecone and Egg Firestarters are available exclusively at Blaze and Bloom (485 New Park Avenue in West Hartford, CT)! Check them out on Facebook.... 


Ben is very proud of his firestarters and hopes you enjoy them! If you have any questions, please contact us. Do you have any ideas for a microbusiness?




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