SAVE THE BEES
We take you to see the Biutiful beehive.
The main reasons of the bees’ extinction Pesticides. At low doses, they can cause orientation disturbances, the bees become unable to find their way back to the hive. At higher doses, the pesticides kill them.Another threat to the bees:the Asian hornet. It was « inadvertently » introduced in France in 2004 (maybe even before that). This hornet proliferates a little more every year and seriously threatens the bees. It kills them and can decimate an entire beehive. But it’s not the only pest, you can also find the varroa for instance, a very small parasite that attacks bees and their larvae.And then there’s us: the big pest, the one that modifies nature, its natural habitat, with less and less flower plants, flower fields, well, less flowers. But bees are pollinators that gather pollen from flowers to feed and carry it from one flower to another, allowing 80% of plant species to reproduce. It’s the combination of all those factors that accelerates the extinction of bees. And because all those factors can’t be completely resolved in a flash, in order to protect bees, we must help them.
Let’s save the bees. Or at least, let’s protect them, make it a little easier for them. Some bee species are endangered, and more globally, all the bees are threatened. By us, by pests, by the environment, by the climate. As part of our participation in the 1% For the Planet program, we have decided to contribute to their preservation. Because we love animals and (almost) all insects. Because we’re sensitive to nature and everything it produces. And to what we eat, which greatly depends on nature. And also we like honey so that’s perfect: let’s take care of a beehive!There are two great categories of bees : the wild ones and the domestic ones.Wild bees are, mostly, solitary and don’t « produce » honey. On the other hand they assume a major role for our ecosystem since more than 80% of flower plants depend on the bees and they guarantee about 75% of crop yields.
Even if the bees are not the only pollinating insects, there also are butterflies, hoverflies, ladybugs…Domestic bees live in beehives. The « only » ensure 15% of pollination, but they’re the ones that make honey.A hive welcomes between 40 and 60 thousand bees a day. With a queen, who lays eggs (up to 2000 per day). To make 1kg of honey it takes 6000 bees that gather pollen from 5 million flowers, and a hive can make up to 30kg of honey per year. Knowing that it depends on weather conditions, on the environment, and on the bees’ well-being…Because after all they bring to nature, in France the bee population dropped by 30% these last years… And it’s even more than that in other countries. And if you make a few shortcuts, no bees means no strawberries, no tomatoes, no zucchini. No flowers. No honey.
What can easily be done, to preserve them?If you have a garden: quit pesticides! If you have a terrace, a balcony, a garden, you can grow melliferous plants (« that bring honey ») that can be foraged by bees. And/or set up a house for wild bees : they don’t sting so it’s safe. And they’ll be very useful if you have vegetable patches!If you eat honey, you can buy it organic and local. The beekeepers from your area will be able to keep on producing, and keep on creating a healthy environment for pollinators.If you want to take it a step further, you can set up a beehive yourself. You can do some research on how you can create an insect-friendly environment.If you feel brave, you can fight Asian hornets (not directly, but you can just pay attention and tell you city hall if you see something, for instance).Tell people around you, help an association, sponsor a beehive. There are many things you can do. Bees seem like a detail on the scale of nature, or of our preoccupations, but they’re actually far from being anecdotal. Their contribution to the presence and variety of flowers, to our agriculture and therefore to our diet is crucial.
Un Rêve d’AbeillesWe chose to partner up with Cédric, founder of Un Rêve d’Abeilles. This association aims to raise public awareness by going to schools, community centres or companies. But they also intend to restore the environments of wild and domestic bees by forming flowered meadows, shelters for solitary bees, and conservation beehives. Our contribution allows the association to manage and look after one beehive: the Biutiful beehive from which we are lucky enough to gather honey afterwards! Multi-flower honey, gathered and put in jars in about 50km from Annecy. We were also happy to participate in a local project, to be as close as possible and avoid long-distance journeys. And because, before trying to save the world, there are multitudes of local project you can take part in, to act here and now.
1% For the Planet1% For the Planet is an International group of companies, associations and persons that work together for a healthier planet. By becoming a member of the 1% For the Planet, we commit to donating 1% of the sales revenue of our brands (Biutiful Room 13, Biutiful Lovers Club and Nudist) to a chosen environmental organization. That is, Un Rêve d’Abeilles.
Our honey is in the process of being harvested. A multi-flower summer honey, non filtered in order to preserve all its benefits. Some pots will be available for sale!