With populations rapidly declining and some species struggling to survive, there’s never been a more important time to support our bees.
Whether it’s making your garden more bee-friendly, becoming a beekeeper or bee-ing savvy about the way you shop, there’s plenty of ways you can help to make the world a bee-friendly place. From jewellery to homeware, these are the brands that are creating the most buzz in saving the bees...
Dedicating an entire collection to the humble bumble bee, Alex Monroe’s stunning jewellery pays homage to the bee as a symbol of female strength and vulnerability. Frequently collaborating with bee-friendly charities such as Friends of the Earth and The British Beekeeper’s association, we’re huge fans of this bee-friendly brand.
Nectar & Bumble
Born from a love and passion for bees, Nectar & Bumble brings together an array of bee based products to raise awareness of the plight of the bees. From candles to earrings and bee print mugs, Nectar & Bumble stocks brands who donate to bee charities and conservations, as well as donating 10% of all profits to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Friends of the Earth - the Bee Cause.
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Passionate about creating beautiful products that don't cost the earth, Beefayre is your go-to for bee-friendly natural home, body and bath products including sustainably-sourced plant wax candles and natural oil-based diffusers as well as body washes and moisturisers. The perfect place to pick up gifts for friends, family and of course you too, Beefayre donate 3% profits to bee conservation and research.
A sustainable alternative to plastic, GoodToBe is the brainchild of Madeleine Willis, who was striving to adopt a plastic-free lifestyle. Her eco-friendly Organic Cotton Beeswax Wraps help keep food fresher for longer without harming the planet. Made with organic cotton and beeswax sourced from local hives, they not only help to prevent further damage to the environment but support the local bee community and population. Infused with naturally anti-microbial organic jojoba oil, all you need to do is wipe with water and they’re ready to reuse again and again.
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Green fingered? You’ll love Bee Bombs. The perfect place to start when creating your bee-friendly garden, thesewildflower seedballs are handmade in Dorset from locally sourced clay and sifted top soil, then packed with 1000s of seeds from 18 native wildflower species. Perfect for pollinators, simply scatter them onto cleared ground and watch your bee-friendly wildflower meadow come to life.
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We donate £5 from sales of the Day and Night Crème to London’s oldest botanical garden – Chelsea Physic Garden. This peaceful oasis in Chelsea is one of the world's most important centres of plant and botany exchange. The garden houses a collection of beehives, which they use to produce their own honey as well as a bee forage; a collection of plants which attract pollinators to other crops.
As well as shopping from bee-friendly brands, you can also help the bees my supporting local bee keepers like the Local Honey Man, or even become your own beekeeper. Local honey reduces food miles and is also processed naturally, helping to retain its health-giving properties.
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