Coming up on May 20 is World Bee Day, an important event designed to promote awareness about the significance of bees, and how vital these little critters are for our survival (if you’ve ever seen The Bee Movie, you’ll know what we’re talking about!). Bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops – about a third of the food we eat each day relies on pollination. Also, about 90% of all plants require cross-pollination in order to spread and thrive.
As such, it’s a no brainer for us at Raw Nature to support our local bee industry and help keep our country green by using New Zealand beeswax in many of our products, such as our deodorants and chap sticks (we don’t mean to boast, but they smell so good, we simply think they are the bee’s knees!).
Why do we use beeswax in our products? Beeswax is a by-product of honey production, made from the glands under the tummy of the worker bee. It takes a whopping 1000kg of bulk honey to produce about 18kg of beeswax. It’s fantastic for many skin conditions such as eczema, and it can protect and repair rough, dry or chapped skin because of its ability to lock in moisture. Whilst we always try to use organic products where possible in our ingredients, we feel organic beeswax is a bit of a farce because how can you control where a bee flies to on its travels!
If you’d like to do your bit to support our beekeepers on World Bee Day, why not try some of these ideas:
- Plant more nectar-bearing flowers in your garden
- Preserve old meadows and only cut grass on meadows after the nectar-bearing plants have finished blooming
- Buy organic food, as organic farmers use natural pollinator-friendly means to grow their produce, and not pesticides that will kill or harm bees
- Take up beekeeping as a hobby and return to the traditional practices of generations past
Also, you could buy more bee products such as delicious NZ-made Manuka honey, which has many health benefits, and of course Raw Nature skincare. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you’ll feel like a Queen Bee!
Caroline Patterson is a freelance writer and editor who lives with animals and teenagers, and is wild about nature (and wine).