We all know bees are disappearing. For years the prevalence of Colony Collapse Disorder has been documented all over the world. There have been many claims of who and what is to blame, and just as many, if not more, organizations and foundations trying to repopulate the bees. But what about big corporations, what about the executive interests making a massive profit off of this free workforce? We used our hive mind here at Leaf’d to gather a group of bee-sponsible no-brainers.
Here are five consumer companies doing their part to bring the bees back to A+:
Haagen-Dazs is not only one of the largest companies which donates to honeybee research, but it’s also one of the largest contributors to the cause, with over $1,000,000 invested since 2008. Through a partnership with the non-profit Xerces Society, which is focused on honeybee research and the causes of CCD, they’ve enclosed over six miles of hedgerows, where 11,000 native flowering plants provide a bee habitat. It’s where their own, locally-sourced almond crops come from! The money they’ve donated helps to fund a program on California’s UC Davis’, Harry H. Laidlaw Jr., Honeybee Research Facility and the Häagen-Dazs honey bee haven. Their commitment to bee research serves as a buzz-worthy example of how large corporations can give back responsibly and sustainably. You can get all the details here.
Me & The Bees Lemonade
Since its beginnings, this home grown lemonade company has donated a portion of its profits to a broad range of charities, including the Texas Beekeepers Association. In fact, the young founder’s company motto is, “buy a bottle, save a bee.” Additionally, Mikaila donates some of her free time to educating people on the importance of bees and their role in our lives. Learn more about their company and their story here.
Primarily an organization providing resources for beekeepers and sustainable resources, it also offers a great deal of products that are cultivated, processed and packaged responsibly. Bee Raw employs local labor, fosters small, sustainable farmers, and sources its honey from local and organic wild flower pollinators. Through its website, you can also order wildflower seeds that encourage honeybee population growth, sign a pledge to cultivate a pesticide-free garden, and donate directly to its Save The Bees Foundation, which funds research for the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. You can find a full list of its products as well as an impressive catalogue of recipes that use its honey here.
From the modest beginnings of Burt Schavitz selling his home-harvested honey and tubes of lip balm at farmer’s markets all over the world, Burt’s Bees started with a model for sustainability, and has used its growth to expand on the concept. Through the Burt’s Bees Foundation, a founder of the Greater Good Foundation, they partner with other non-profits and public agencies that promote bee health and growth. One of these partners is RAFI, or Rural Advancement Foundation International, which serves as a resource to local farmers, and aids public agencies such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Farm Service Agency, to expand upon existing programs that foster bee population growth and farmers. Additionally, they encourage Burt’s Bees employees to become more involved in the bee community by offering paid time off to work on community projects, and reimburse them for the expenses of becoming actual beekeepers. Imagine that your job pays you back for doing something rewarding and sustainable. Learn more about how Burt’s Bees gives back here.
General Mills is another company which has partnered with the Xerces Society by creating designated bee habitats on ten farms, and a two-acre sanctuary in Minnesota. It has also recognized bees’ contributions to its products by sourcing almonds from a 700-acre orchard which is favorable to bees, and by building a two-acre bumblebee habitat populated by native plants in California. Learn more about General Mills’ commitment to bees here.