What’s all the fuss surrounding the decline of bees? What does it really matter if another of our insect species bites the dust? All insect species have their roles to play in the natural ecosystem, so why are bees so special? We’re here to answer a few of these questions.
Bees are critical pollinators: they can pollinate 70 of the (approx) 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. And that’s only the start.
Without bees we could lose all the plants that bees pollinate, and all of the animals that eat those plants, and so on up the food chain. So a world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population of 7 billion. Our supermarkets would have half the amount of fruit and vegetables.
Unfortunately we are losing bees at an alarming rate. Possible reasons include the loss of flower meadows, parasites, climate change, and use of pesticides. This article explains how and why our bees are dying off and the foods that we will lose as a result, and it’s not just honey!
So what can we do? We can plant bee friendly flowers in our garden that will encourage and feed them. Check out this Gardener’s World article for a list of plants suitable for our UK bees.
We can try and limit or cut out our use of pesticides. Do we really need to eradicate every stray plant in the garden? Or we can try leaving our lawns to grow a little bit longer and let the dandelions, buttercups, daisies and clover grow. These are all perfect food for our little friends.
Finally we can choose food, beauty and home products that support our bee keepers such as the lovely new range we’re selling at Green Tulip – Our Tiny Bees…
Our Tiny Bees
Bees need all the help they can get and that is where Our Tiny Bees can help. Jonathan, founder of Our Tiny Bees, keeps bees at the company premises based in Sheffield. Jon feels it gives them a direct link to what they believe in – a simpler more natural existence. Part of his mission of bringing natural and delightful bee products to the market, is to help educate people and children about bees and the fact that natural skin care is good for you and good for British bees.
Our Tiny Bees work directly with British bee-keepers who supply them with 100% British honey and wax. They only use English essential oils in their products and the tins they use are also from a British company.
All the honey used is harvested by traditional bee-keepers that work in a sustainable way and are dedicated to preserving this precious commodity. Supporting these small-scale bee-keepers and their bees also means that bee numbers will be increased which has a positive effect on UK pollination.
All Our Tiny Bees products are completely natural and therefore contain no paraffin, artificial fragrances or flavourings.
Honey has natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that help to protect the skin and supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh. Honey has also been used as a wound dressing historically and can promote healing and prevent infection because of its natural anti-microbial properties. Beeswax is naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and has antiviral benefits too.
So next time you spot a cute little bee buzzing around please don’t take it for granted. Think about all of the good work this little insect does for our environment – and do what you can to help out our busy little British bees!