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Aug 08.15

Let's hear it for the bees!

Posted In: Charity Pot

August 15th is National Honey Bee Day and we're buzzing about our bee-loving Charity Pot partners.

Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants including 90 different food crops, which means that 1 out of every 3 bites of food is thanks to a bee. However, since 2006, more than one third of honeybee colonies collapsed nationwide, a global phenomenon now called Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. And while there is no one smoking gun causing CCD, scientists now widely agree that it is a result of a combination of factors, made manifest by industrial beekeeping and the use of agricultural pesticides such as neonicotinoids.

 While the situation is dire, honey bees permanently living in urban environments seem to be relatively unaffected by CCD. Why? Urban bees find more than enough varied forage in home gardens, landscaping and weedy areas to feed themselves throughout the seasons. And since the vast majority of the forage in the city is pesticide-free—because most homeowners aren't dumping industrial-strength chemicals on their yards—bees have one less mortal enemy to contend with.

100% of the purchase price of our Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion goes to local and global grassroots charities, including a few groups that are advocating on behalf of bees, like these:

Apiaries and Bees for Communities

This group offers educational experiences to inform and inspire acts of pollinator stewardship and rekindle citizens’ childlike wonder with the natural world. They are dedicated to the management of honey bees and work to build bridges between hobby beekeepers by offering life-long learning tools. Apiaries and Bees for Communities views your community as an extension of our ecosystem.

You can report a bee swarm for safe removal on their website, learn more about how to help the bees, including planting gardens for honeybees and avoiding substances that are toxic to bees, as well as how to start beekeeping. If you live near Calgary, Alberta, you can even attend one of their A.B.C’s classes. For all this information and more resources, visit them here.  

The Maryland Pesticide Education Network (MPEN)

This group works to significantly reduce the use and impacts of toxic pesticides on people, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay. MPEN educates the public and policy makers about pesticide hazards and safer alternatives, collaborates with government agencies, health care facilities and diverse stakeholders on reducing pesticide use; promotes programs, policies and laws that reduce or eliminate our reliance on pesticides, and encourages the adoption of integrated pest management and organic land care practices – all to protect our ‘babies, bees and the Bay.’ Read all the buzz about MPEN here.

HoneyLove

In the Spring of 2011, HoneyLove co-founders Chelsea and Rob McFarland would have never guessed that a swarm of honey bees showing up in their backyard would provide the inspiration for what has quickly become their life's passion—a non-profit organization committed to conserving honey bees. Fast-forward to today and HoneyLove has created an impressive local organization with a global footprint. HoneyLove.org inspires and educates urban beekeepers at free educational workshops and beekeeping mentoring sessions. Attendees learn all about how to become urban beekeepers along with fun and interesting facts about bees.

"On HoneyLove's website everyone can find something to do to help the bees, ranging 'easy' to 'hard-core', depending on how sticky you want to get your hands" jokes Chelsea. Easy ways you can help the bees today include planting bee-friendly plants in your yard and put out a water source. Bee-friendly plants include native and old-fashioned “heirloom” varieties, borage, sage, mint, thyme, lavender and most other herbs too. Bee inspired on the HoneyLove blog by all the buzz, photos, recipes, DIY projects and more, and become a HoneyLove member to join in the action and attend workshops.