Nature has provided us with a business since our first tea sale. From the hills of Nepal to the steppes of Darjeeling, we recognize we owe the planet, the source of our living, stewardship that fosters its health. That’s why we have always taken care to find ways to keep our impact on the environment as minimal as possible.
In the interest of preserving our ecosystem, protecting the species that live here, and improving how we tackle different problems that arise, we decided to get involved in an environmental cause: combatting the decline in the honeybee and native bee population.
A blend that
Bee the Change tea
We blended this with one mission in mind: to create a buzz about pollinators! And to strengthen our commitment to saving bees. It helps that it also makes us ready for allergy season.
The story behind the ingredients
The idea for this blend came when one of our tea developers was harvesting some fresh clover flowers for someone at the office who was feeling under the weather.
Ingredients to help survive the allergy season
has been traditionally used to help boost defences and can help alleviate allergy symptoms
is an herb related to rooibos with a honey-sweet taste
traditionally used in wellness circles to help soothe allergies and coughs while helping reduce respiratory symptoms associated with the allergy season
A blend that was as good for the bees and for humans
Bees love clover, echinacea and marigold, and we love the honey they make from these flowers.
This tea was designed to taste like the clover honey (playing off of the use of honeybush), while utilizing clover in the actual blend.
By using clover, we encourage its production, which helps feed the bees! The plant also helps fix nitrogen from the atmosphere back into the soil naturally instead of sucking nutrients up and over-using the soil’s resources. It’s a win for the soil, win for the bees, and a win for us!
x The Honeybee
To take quick action in countering their decline, we are joining forces with The Honeybee Conservancy, a public charity established in 2009 in response to the bee crisis. Their mission is to protect bees and secure food justice through education, research, habitat creation, and advocacy.
They strive towards a day when all bee populations thrive in healthy, protected habitats, and are supported by an engaged global network. They are a Project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Here are a few facts
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Many species of animals depend on bees for their survival.
2 of 5 bees species are heading towards extinction.
A world without bees = no apples & almonds.
A honeybee can visit 50-1000 flowers in one trip.
Crops pollinated by bees make up 35% of global food production.
Plant a bee garden.
One of the largest threats to bees is the lack of forage. Plant a bee-friendly garden that blooms in multiple seasons so that bees have a constant stream of food.
Don’t use pesticides.
They not only can be toxic to bees but also to children and adults.
Sponsor a hive.
Help The Honeybee Conservancy add 1 million more bees and bee homes into communities most in need across the country.
Host a fundraiser.
Host an outreach event or a fundraiser to support The Honeybee Conservancy’s work.
Create shelter for native bees.
Leave a patch of garden uncultivated for solitary bees that burrow. Or learn how to create a ‘bee house’ for reed-dwelling bees.
Learn more in a course with The Honeybee Conservancy.
Sign up for workshops, lectures, or their hands-on apprenticeship program.
Caring for bees will lead people to care for their environment. After all, we’re human beings — loving something is what sparks our need to protect it. An experience with bees is a great starting point for a deeper environmental education — and education leads to inspiration, which in turn leads to action.
Every small step counts.