Bee-aware and Bee-wear! Why you should know about the “Plight of the honeybee”

Honey Bees have been a staple of suburban gardens for lifetimes on lifetimes, always buzzing around and never really bothering anyone until being bothered themselves. At this point in time, the honey bee is integral to the survival of our agricultural system, and they are slowly but surely dying off.

honeybee-honeycomb-macro_26201_990x742In a 2013 Time Magazine cover article titled “A World Without Bees” Journalist Bryan Walsh delved into the heart of the issues commonly referred to as the “Plight of the Honeybee”
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The first line of the feature read, “You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you’ll eat today.”

Yes the western honeybee is one of the most important animals in the production of the produce that we consume every single day.

Walsh added later, “Honeybees — which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers — are the “glue that holds our agricultural system together,” as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper’s Lament. (In fact, nearly 70% off all crops that are grown today require pollination.) But that glue is failing. Bee hives are dying off or disappearing thanks to a still-unsolved malady called colony collapse disorder (CCD), so much so that commercial beekeepers are being pushed out of the business.”

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CCD is based on multiple factors, most are cause by human influence, these are:

  • Pesticides that human’s spray on our crops.
  • Biological Threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases.
  • Over-production of commodity crops such as wheat and corn that provide no pollen for honey bees and therefore they are literally starving to death.

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The population decrease is so profound in some areas that places that were considered honey bee hotbeds like Iowa, has lost 70% of its population over 6 years. (from 2006-2012)

During that same time period, California, lost nearly half of its honey bee population. And from 2010-2015, the United States has lost 30% of its total honeybee population, and bee colonies are now no longer existent.

Canada is not immune to the problem either, but there are many great organizations fighting to save the bees, including Bees Are Life, which is based right in Toronto. We plan to team up with them in the near future.

Our Bee dress is meant to raise awareness around the plight of the honey bee and hopefully work towards changing it to a more hopeful, rebounding, and rising in population, flight of the honey bee.

Check out the beautiful dress below and pre order soon on our website.

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10 Cool Brands That Donate to Charity: Shop to Give Back This Holiday Season

If you’re feeling in a charitable mood this holiday season, consider shopping some of the many different brands that donate to charities. Now is a good time to clear the clutter out of your home and closet and restock the smart way — by shopping with brands that give back. You’ll feel good knowing that you’re helping out others in need while also picking up some quality gifts for your family and friends.

1. House of Botori

Every time you buy a product from the House of Botori line of chic diaper bags and accessories for mom and baby, the company donates a portion of the sale (5%) to Sickle Cell Warriors. Sickle Cell Warriors is a community of those living, loving and surviving Sickle Cell Disease. House of Botori founder Kemi Macaulay-Newman was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease while pregnant with her son and found strength and support in Sickle Cell Warriors so she decided to give back to help further their mission. Her line of stylish diaper bags features signature prints inspired by various African cultures and will also feature a print called “Sanguine,” inspired by Sickle Cell Warriors. Find out more and shop today at www.houseofbotori.com.

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2. Woombie

The company that brings you the Woombie baby swaddle, a safe and comfortable swaddle for babies that requires no wrapping, also gives back to the community by donating 5% of their sales each year to St. Jude. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment. Woombie has also started their own Hands Over Hearts Campaign to educate families and help babies sleep better and more safely. All profits from their t-shirt sales are donated to The Children’s Heart Foundation, the leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart defects in children. Learn more at www.woombie.com.

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3. Toms

Toms is a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Founder Blake Mycoskie realized that this movement could serve other basic needs and launched a new initiative to help give sigh to a person in need with each purchase of a pair of Toms eyewear. The company has given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need in over 60 countries and 150,000 people have had their sight restored since 2011. Help Toms give back and find out more at www.toms.com.

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4. Wee Urban

Wee Urban is proud to support their local economy by producing a brand of products that are handmade in Canada. The brand donates to several charities and organizations including the Sick Kids Hospital, Leukemia Society of Canada, Meagan’s Walk, Oxfam International, and the World Wildlife Fund. They also donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs. The brand launched a series of products made overseas to help them expand their charitable efforts and work with non-profit organizations like Kiva Loans, an organization that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Shop today at www.weeurban.com.

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5. Buzzy

Buzzy is a unique medical device combining a vibrating motor and a reusable wing-shaped ice pack to naturally block pain on contact. Buzzy is changing the lives of needle phobic children and adults and the people behind Buzzy are continuing to help others by donating to various communities. Buzzy has donated to the Child Life Council, the Platelet Dysfunction Association, the Camp Kudzu Diabetes Camp, juvenile arthritis conferences, medical conferences and several school auctions. The company is currently supporting non-profits in the community with a donate-back program: for each person purchasing a Buzzy with a certain charity’s code, Buzzy donates $5 back to the charity. Visit www.buzzy4shots.com to find out more.

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6. Headbands of Hope

Headbands of Hope was started when Jessica Ekstrom did an internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina and saw that girl love to wear headbands after losing their hair to chemotherapy. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. They have even started a boys line called Headwear of Hope to spread hope to all children. Visit online at www.headbandsofhope.org.

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7. Burt’s Bees

The Burt’s Bees brand of skincare and personal care items established The Greater Good Foundation in 2007 to further their mission of responsible environmental stewardship. The Greater Good Foundation has issued $1.2 million in grants and in 2012 alone donated $233,000 in proceeds to some 23 nonprofit organizations, including Resourceful Communities, SEEDS and The Pollinator Partnership. The company also partners with organizations that promote sustainable business and gives employees paid time off to pursue outreach efforts. Visit www.burtsbees.com for more information.

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8. Out of Print

Out of Print is an online fashion boutique that features iconic and out of print book covers t-shirts, tote bags and other accessories. The company’s mission is to celebrate the world’s great stories through fashion. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner, Books For Africa. Shop online at www.outofprintclothing.com.

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9. Warby Parker

Warby Parker knows that 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly. That’s why they work with experienced non-profit partners to ensure that for every pair of glasses purchased they provide a pair to someone in need. They have since distributed over 500,000 pairs of eyeglasses and continue to work to grow their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair business model. Shop online at www.warbyparker.com.

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10. Philanthropy Fashion

Philanthropy Fashion is a business owned and operated in Franklin, Tennessee that sells a variety of fashion forward clothing and accessories and pledges at least 10% of their total sales to designated causes. In just 5 years they have raised over $300,000 for their local community. The brand also donates to organizations in Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Haiti with an ultimate goal of facilitating a better future to underdeveloped communities so they can become healthy, self-reliant, and sustainable. Find out more at www.philanthropyfashion.com.

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chic diaper bags and accessories for mom and babyWritten by Kemi Macaulay-Newman, House of Botori

When Kemi’s son was born in 2009, she couldn’t wait to outfit myself with all the necessary mom and baby gear, she soon discovered that what she found in functionality always seemed to lack in individuality.  So she threw on my favorite pair of heels and set out to change some things.

House of Botori is proud to offer innovative designs with bold and sophisticated prints inspired by African cultures.  We’re setting the fashion bar just a little higher, but keeping it well within your reach. Our high-quality and affordable gear is designed to get you through your busy days with class, sass, and panache.  Wrap yourself in the colors that define you.  Embrace your individuality and live your style out loud. When you’re confident,  it shows in everything you do.

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