The Top 6 Companies That Are Helping Us Save the Bees
We can all work to help restore bees' habitats, whether that's buying eco-friendly products or donating to bee-preservation causes. Check out what these brands are doing to make it easier for us to help save the bees.
The bee population is in crisis right now, and it’s up to us to restore their natural habitat and encourage them to reenter our green spaces. Without bees, we wouldn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, or get to pick up huge, dinner-plate-sized dahlias at the farmers market. We need their pollinating power.
Although there’s a lot of work to do, there are a handful of companies that have started efforts to save the bees, whether that’s selling items that use bee-products or using percentages of profits to donate to bee-saving causes.
One of the key players in pollinator conservation partnerships is the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. It's a science-based nonprofit organization that works with scientists, land managers, educators, farmers, and citizens to protect and restore pollinators and invertebrates. A listing of Xerces' corporate supporters is on their website. Look for their Bee Better Certified seal on products so you know that the product's ingredients were grown in ways that support bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
This company wouldn’t exist without honey bees. Bee Raw specializes in flavored honey, herbal tea, and beeswax candles. Besides collecting donations for the Save the Bees Fund, which contributes to research on the collapse of bee colonies, Bee Raw also donates 1 percent of profits to Save the Bees. Buy their pollinator flower packets to start your own pollinator garden just like Morgan Freeman. On their website, you can also sign a pledge to make your garden pesticide-free.
We all know Häagen-Dazs for their amazing ice cream. But did you know that they have donated over one million dollars to pollinator education and research? They have over a dozen ice cream flavors that are bee-dependent, meaning they need bees for the ingredients. Bee-dependent flavors have a special label on the outside of the carton. In 2016, Häagen-Dazs installed a hedgerow at the farm of their almond supplier to create a pollinator habitat. Soon, all of their almond flavors will have the Xerces Bee Better seal that indicates that the almonds were grown and harvested in a bee-friendly way.
Me & the Bees Lemonade
The story behind this lemonade brand is pretty amazing—it was started by a 4-year-old in Austin who was passionate about bees (and her great-granny’s flaxseed lemonade). She started the Healthy Hive Foundation which puts donations toward foundations that benefit bees. So far, they've been funding bee apiaries, which is like an outdoor room to keep honeybees. Me & the Bees Lemonade can be purchased at Whole Foods Market, and the profits from each bottle go toward the Healthy Hive Foundation.
This skin care brand started as a collection of beeswax lip balms and has since expanded into hair care, makeup, and oral care items. Their products are 100 percent natural and are sold in sustainable packaging. Burt’s Bees started foundations to help plant over 5,000 acres of pollinator habitat (that’s 15 billion seeds!). Get their #WildForBees limited edition lip balms to show your support.
Famous for their nut butters, Justin’s relies on bees to pollinate nut plants and develop quality harvest. That’s why they partnered with Xerces Society, People & Pollinators Action Network, and Growing Gardens to support sustainable agriculture, spread awareness, and educate others about pollinator conservation. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Justin’s efforts with these organizations helps to promote pollinators in their local area and provides scholarships and classroom visit for more than 800 children.
Droga Chocolates uses wildflower honey (instead of corn syrup) as the sweetener in their chocolate and caramel Money on Honey snacks. They have partnered with Project Apis m., Seeds for Bees, and The Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund to help save the bees. For each bag of Money on Honey sold, Droga makes a donation to these organizations that helps fund research and provide pollinator habitats.
Do a little research before you go to the grocery store or shop online. You can get the breakfast cereal, beauty products, and scented candles you love while also knowing you're a part of the solution for the declining bee population. Here's hoping that more companies, especially those that use bee products, join the cause and benefit bees.