We're Committed to Sustainability
Did you know that an estimated 1/3 of human food is dependent on pollination from insects like bees(1)? How about the fact that bees are responsible for pollinating 70 different crop types(1)? However you look at it, bees play a vital role in the biodiversity of our planet.
Bees are responsible for:
Pollination of Plants
Wild Plant Growth
Bee Populations are in Decline
The good news is that a lot of this decline is remediable.
According to Bees for Development, bee populations are declining as a result of "multiple interacting causes of death", which are all human-induced(3).
Ensuring that our beekeepers consider the welfare of their bee colonies is important to us, which is why we are very selective with our suppliers.
The good news is that we can fix it!
Our beekeepers are involved in cultivating new Mānuka plantations in areas with land and soil degradation.
This ensures we do our part in replenishing soils and positively contributing to the biodiversity of New Zealand.
It's important for our bee products to be sourced from areas in New Zealand which are; clean, flower and Mānuka-rich, diverse landscapes.
We're Reducing Our Impact on the Environment
Working alongside bees and beekeepers for over thirty years has given us a unique understanding of how important it is to reduce waste, and our impact on the environment.
We work with beekeepers who use sustainable farming practices to cultivate their honey.
We're Reducing Our Carbon Emissions
Glass is 100% recyclable, and can be recycled endlessly without loss of quality.
For our honey range, we use recycled glass because we're committed to reducing the impact we have on the environment.
For every six tonnes of recycled glass used, one tonne of carbon dioxide is saved from entering the atmosphere.
In the manufacturing process, over one tonne of natural resources are saved for every tonne of glass that is recycled.
We Look for Alternative Methods to Protect the Environment
We always plan to keep our environmental footprint as small as possible.
One way to achieve this is by using specialised helicopters to reach remote Mānuka forests. Using what has been coined as a 'human-sling' operation, beekeepers and hives can be lowered into these areas without damage to the land.
We're Using Sustainable Materials
Glass is a great resource for packaging because it can be recycled endlessly without losing quality or purity.
Not only has the boxing that we've used in our Limited Reserve UMF® 26+ Mānuka honey been recycled from Christchurch's quake-damaged Poplar Lane, but we have also sourced jars made from recycled glass for our UMF® Mānuka honey range.
We also have a commitment to using packaging which has been sourced from suppliers who only use sustainable practices for their forest management.
PEFC Certified Packaging
We also source packaging which has been created using the most-stringent sustainability practices.
This means all boxing is produced from sustainably managed forests and is PEFC certified.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international programme promoting sustainable forest management. This is to ensure good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.