World Bee Day 2018 – Why it’s happening & what you can do to help…
Our passion for the environment is largely what started us on the Tabitha James Kraan Organics journey. We care deeply about the impact we have as human beings on our beautiful planet and we are dedicated to spreading awareness abut what we can do to make positive and much needed changes. Switching to natural haircare is a big one, limiting harm to marine life and our own wellbeing. Going organic is another, promoting sustainable, safe and ethical farming practice. This spring, it’s time to embrace one more environmentally friendly act: saving the bees.
World Bee Day 2018
20th May 2018 marks the first ever World Bee Day, as officially declared by the UN in December of last year. On this day, the goal is to draw the attention of the general public to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators, for the sake of the whole of humanity and to share the simple steps we can all take to help.
Why the world needs Bees
“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left to live” Albert Einstein
In the UK alone, there are several hundred types of bees and are more than 20,000 species worldwide. All of these types of bees offer their own unique contribution to planet Earth but all bees are pollinators, with an incredible 84% of crops grown for human consumption – that we survive on – relying on bees and a select few other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality. Experts say that the loss of Bees would affect at least a third of our regular diet.
Why are the bees dying?
While there are no proven reasons as to why our beloved bees are experiencing such a drastic die-off, there are many theories.
One popular speculation is that the widespread use of pesticide and insecticide many non-organic farmers use on their crops and home owners use in their gardens is poisoning colonies. Just one more reason to support organic produce!
How can you help?
Planting for bees
Keeping a chemical-free garden and planting species that attract bees and encourage pollination is a great way to help. There are many different types of plants you can introduce to your garden that not only look and smell beautiful, but that bees love too! Don’t have a garden? Even a window box is well worthwhile.
Grow these plants:
Single flowering plants & vegetables.
The Allium family
All the mints
Daisy shaped flowers such as Asters & Sunflowers
Tall plants such as Hollyhocks, Larkspur, Lavender and Foxgloves
Plenty of the natural ingredients use in the Tabitha James Kraan Organics range are friends of the bees too…
Neroli: The sweet scent of Neroli is irresistible to bees! This Mediterranean bloom is a wonderful addition to any garden, but even 10 drops of the essential oil mixed in water will do the trick. Pop this into a spray bottle and spritz away!
Chamomile: Bees love daisy-shaped flowers and Chamomile is just that. If you’ve got a Chamomile tea bag in the kitchen cupboard, rip it open and sprinkle it outside today! A box of this soothing tea contains thousands of seeds.
Bergamot: The wonderful herb and fruit that features heavily across the TJK line has another name – Bee Balm. As you might guess, this affectionate nickname is given due to the plants power to attract all bees.
Rose & Rosehip: Bees love roses, but there are particular ones that really attract their attention. Single-petal and fragrant roses with open centers, such as rugosa and sweetbriar roses that develop rosehips are the favourites.
Getting accurate information out there about Bees is one of the best ways to help their survival.