Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem, and we can do a lot to ensure that they thrive in our local and global environments. Despite contrary belief, our actions do have an impact on the livelihood of these beautiful little creatures. We have come up with some suggestions for ways to lend bees some help.
Buy Organic. It is not just a buzzword.
Organic is a label for goods free from harmful chemicals, to you, the earth, and our farmers. Although you do not ingest materials made from cotton, hemp, linen, etc. it still harms the farmers, insects, and earth. Some scientific studies argue that the quality of organically grown textiles is superior.
The use of pesticides in farming is an immediate danger to bees and have already put several species on the endangered species list. In a recent study paid for by The UN, estimates that 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species (such as bees and butterflies) are facing extinction.1
By buying organic textiles, you challenge the industry to come up with another solution than pesticides.
Plant flowers and herbs.
Flowers are beautiful and offer an excellent refuge for bees. It is an excellent excuse to start a little herb garden.
A few examples of suitable plant varieties are lilacs, lavender, sage, verbena, wisteria, mint, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, and toadflax.
Don't be afraid of Dandelions.
A well-groomed lawn often equals no weeds. If you allow a tiny corner of your garden to grow wild with Dandelions, wildflowers, and clovers, it will look well groomed and provide a haven for bees.
Avoid pesticides in the garden.
A beautiful garden isn't always a healthy garden. The use of pesticides harms the ecological system. A study has found a negative impact on the abundance of butterflies and bumblebees when you use pesticides and herbicides in gardening.2
If a honey bee visits your garden, it will feed on the nectar and bring some back to its colony. If you garden with pesticides, these will penetrate pollen and nectar and is the reason for the collapse of many bee colonies.
Even if the colonies do not collapse, these pesticides will come back to us through honey.
Help the Bees to a drink.
A water feature always makes a garden look better. Another benefit is that water features provide a source of water to our bees.
An easy way to help the bees out is to place rocks or surface plants in the water to allow for the bees a source of water.
Know your species.
Bees come in different shapes and sizes. The three most common species are Honeybees, Bumblebees, and Wasps.
Honeybees consist of three types, the Queen (Female), Drones (Male), and Workers (Female). The queen and workers are the only types who have stingers. Honeybees are peaceful and do not usually sting. Bees use their stinger with care as it will lose its life after just one sting. They don't bother unless their colony is at risk of extinction — a honeybee is small brown and furry.
Bumblebees are mostly harmless and fearful. Their immediate reaction is to fly away rather than try to defend themselves. Unlike honeybees, their stingers don't have barbs, which mean they can repeatedly sting without harm to themselves. They bumblebee gets aggressive if they feel they have no way out — a Bumblebee is Large, black, yellow and furry.
Wasps are the most aggressive of the three and the ones most likely to sting. Wasps are a lot like humans as they get agitated. Waving arms or sudden movements is one of the main reasons why wasps sting. Another reason is self-defense if they feel threatened. Their stingers are a well-designed weapon that can sting an unlimited amount of times — a Wasp is small, non-hairy, black and bright yellow.
Adopt a honeybee
WWF has a program where you can adopt a honeybee. If you choose, they'll send you a picture of the honeybee and a certificate with details on the bee. It works well as a gift and as a way to teach children about bees and our responsibility to ensure a balance on earth.
Visit WWF to Adopt a honeybee.
Buy an Organic Towel
In addition to zero use of pesticides, we donate 5% of our profits to causes that take a stand for bees. Every time you buy a towel, you support the bees and help avoid the extinction of one of our most important species.