THE CONFETTI EFFECT: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SAVE THE HONEY BEE
ISSUE 5 | FEATURE
Watch our video and take action – there are a few very simple things you can do to help save the honey bee
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There are a few small but significant things you can start doing right now to help save the bees.
Even doing just one of these things will make a difference to our bees. Do them all and you’re a rockstar. Tell us about it and we’ll even declare you a rockstar on our social media sites – we’ll love you that much!
1. BUY RAW HONEY FROM A LOCAL
Find a local beekeeper who can provide you with raw honey – either directly or through a local farmer’s market. Not only will you be supporting local beekeepers, thereby encouraging more of them in your area, you’ll be treating yourself to honey that is so much better for you and your family! Raw, organic honey is unprocessed, unheated, free of chemicals and straight from the hive.
We challenge you to go and meet a local beekeeper. Take a photo of yourself with your newfound friend or of your beautiful raw honey and upload it to Instagram and tag #confettieffect #savethebees
2. Don’t use pesticides or chemicals in your garden
Some toxic pesticides meant to kill pests can harm the honey bees. Yes, they might make your lawn look perfect and green, but at the same time they’re destroying the planet. And no, that is not an exaggeration. Unfortunately many pesticides banned by other countries because they harm bees are still available and widely used in Australia.
3. EAT LOCALLY GROWN, ORGANIC OR PESTICIDE FREE FOOD
This ones a no-brainer. It’s better for you and it’s better for the bees!
Buying local means eating seasonally as well. Admittedly this is much easier in summer when you can get an abundance of fresh produce from your local farmer’s market. Another option is to buy your food from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture – if you’re lucky enough to live near one!) or a Co-Op group that has been established locally. Ask around, do your research and have conversations with local people in the know – they are out there and they are usually very eager to share their knowledge!
4. KEEP SMALL WATER BASINS
Bees get thirsty too! By putting a little water basin out (such as a shallow dish with some stones in it for them to crawl on) you’ll be supporting your local bees – it’s that simple.
5. GROW FLOWERS AND PLANTS THAT ARE BEE FRIENDLY
Honey bees collect pollen and nectar from plant flowers as their source of food. Without plants that are bee friendly they cannot survive. There are a large variety of plants that can support the honey bee, such as Lavendar, Sage, Thyme, Fennel, Sunflowers, Tea Tree, Honey Myrtle, Rosemary, Bottlebrush – and many more.
The Australian Government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation has published a very comprehensive planting guide which you can download as a PDF version for free here, or do your own Google search.
6. BECOME A SUSTAINABLE BEE KEEPER
If you’re interested in becoming a bee keeper simply do a Google search for the local bee association in your community. You won’t regret it! You can find a list of the Australian Beekeepers Associations here