It’s no surprise that at Honey Candles we love bees. We love their delicious honey that sweetens our tea, and the beautiful wax that we are lucky to work with everyday. Bees pollinate our flowers, giving us so much beauty and they pollinate our crops putting food on our tables. We love bees so much that several years ago we decided to dedicate an entire month each year to celebrating all that bees do, recognizing their importance in our environment and looking for things we can do to help them. Thus, we officially dubbed May, Bee Month.
Bees play a vital role in our eco-systems - they pollinate approximately one third of our crops. They are essential for food security, healthy agricultural systems, biodiversity and so much more. Unfortunately, the bee population has faced a number of threats over the years including colony collapse. Saving the bees has become increasingly important and fortunately the movement is gaining momentum.
There are many things we can do to support these hard-working pollinators. From the products we buy to the flowers we plant, there are simple ways to support bees and other pollinators. Purchasing products that use honey or beeswax means you are supporting apiaries, and effectively supporting the bees. Another easy way to help is to ensure bees in your area have a dependable food source by planting pollinator friendly plants that are native to your area or by simply letting the dandelions and other "weeds" roam free rather than trying to keep them at bay with harsh herbicides or by digging them out.
At Honey Candles we strive to support bees both as a company and in our personal lives. Our bee-friendly candles all use beeswax sourced from ethical beekeepers. Our your-round Peek-A-Bee Pillar program donates $2 from every Peek-A-Bee Pillar purchase towards funding vital honey bee research. This research, done by the University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre, focuses on bee health as well as bee genetics and disease. Honey bee research is integral in supporting pollinator populations and ensuring healthy colonies for years to come.
This May we invite you to celebrate the bees with us and join the conversation around supporting their threatened population.