As a certified cruelty-free and vegan company, we’re always looking for innovative ways to change the way classic products that have been made with animal ingredients into vegan options. We use candelilla wax instead of beeswax, fruit and vegetable fats instead of animal fats, natural sugars and essential oils instead of honey, etc..
In our progress, we have realized sustainability goes far beyond not using animal by-products and recyclable containers – it includes actively protecting all of Mother Earth’s creatures. This feeling of responsibility has spanned across the country as more people become aware of agricultural problems.
In 2014, there was an outcry from beekeepers across the United States as dwindling bee colonies threatened the overall survival of bees. This continuous drop was deemed the “Beepocalypse.” In 2015, the government responded and got involved to create a “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and other Pollinators.” Since then, there has been a huge uptick in the survival of honey bees, touting a 20-year national population increase.
So, what can you do?
You can start by planting a spring garden! The best chance for honey bees to thrive is to have plants to draw nectar from. For an even more thorough list of bee-friendly flowers, visit Beverly Bees’ website.
Once you’ve planted your garden, it’s really important to allow your plants time to grow and flower. The flowers are the part of the plant that attracts honeybees. They are attracted to bright colors, so planting the same bright plants together makes it even easier for honey bees to find.
From the Experts
I interviewed Igor Yakolev, owner of Beezy Beez Honey in Staten Island, New York. Yakolev does everything when it comes to honey bees. From tending the hives, to harvesting honey, to infusing all types of products with honey, Yakolev is known as the local beekeeper of Staten Island.
According to Yakolev: ” To make honey bees thrive without having a beehive on your property is by planting honey bee friendly plants such as wildflower plants, clover plants, just to name a few. Do not use pesticides because that honey bee will bring it back to its home and can kill off that hive. Remember honey bees are quite docile towards people; if you leave them alone they will leave you alone.”
Beezy Beez Honey introduced an amazing hive-hosting program that is beneficial to both honey bees and your garden. You can host a home beehive on your property by contacting Igor Yakolev at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Any steps you take toward protecting honey bees is a huge step in the right direction towards protecting all of Mother Nature.