Bees play an indispensable role in agriculture – pollinators and bees contribute pollination services that produce one-third of our food supply!
Inform friends, family, and colleagues of ways they can also help save the bees. Inspire them to plant flowers in their garden, purchase organic cotton fabric, and support bee-benefitting charities.
The Xerces Society recommends creating wildflower meadows and native plantings on farmland to give bees access to additional habitat.
Cotton is an ever-popular fabric used everywhere, from bedding and towels to clothing. Unfortunately, its cultivation, harvesting, and processing have some adverse consequences that affect more than just insects killed during production; the pesticides used also leach into rivers and groundwater sources, where they harm fish, animals, and people. Organic cotton production, on the other hand, uses no harmful chemicals – providing more sustainable options both for the planet and your skin!
Save the Bees shirts and products are made from certified organic cotton, while recycled polyester offers an eco-friendly alternative to conventional polyester production, which requires new energy or natural resources for production. In our T-shirts, we utilize recycled plastic bottle polyester that has been spun into yarn before being woven into fabric fabric.
Our organic cotton t-shirt is custom crafted just for you when ordered, so there is no wasteful material going unutilized, and you receive precisely what is needed.
Another way we help make our t-shirts more environmentally friendly is by only using GOTS-certified organic cotton textiles, which are accessible from over 100 potentially hazardous chemicals – an easy and transparent way of supporting only ethical businesses.
Fair Indigo is dedicated to using organic cotton in all of our products, which come from sustainably sourced organic Pima cotton. Organic Pima features long staple fibers that make it soft yet firm compared to its short staple counterpart, providing more durability over its image.
At our facility, we use organic cotton that has been certified with the GOTS. These standards ensure workers are treated well and work safely under conditions designed to safeguard them – including fair wages, gender equity, and freedom from work-related abuse.
Be a Bee Keeper
Becoming a beekeeper can be both rewarding and challenging. Beekeeping is an evolving subculture that continues to expand. From learning more about bee hives as superorganisms to pollinating gardens or producing honey for sale, becoming a beekeeper can be both satisfying and lucrative!
At first, it is essential to recognize the challenges you will encounter as a beginning beekeeper. Being unfamiliar with beekeeping culture and opting for natural (minimalist) beekeeping methods could prove daunting, but don’t let criticism discourage you – there is an increasing trend toward natural beekeeping among both veteran beekeepers as well as those newer to the craft; you will likely find plenty of support both online and at local beekeeping clubs.
Beekeepers must approach their colonies with an inclusive mindset. Acquainting yourself with both bees and the hive will take time, so moving slowly and deliberately is vital if you wish to get to know both well. Bees sting when threatened, so fast or sudden movements could appear intimidating; use light puffs of smoke when opening the hive, and only reach for frames if none are looking directly at you.
Beekeepers must carefully monitor the health of both the queen and her brood cells, providing additional food as necessary. Unsafe handling can result in queen loss; beekeepers should wear gloves when handling combs to protect their queens and manage them safely.
Be sure to have someone you can turn to when needed for advice or help when beekeeping, including someone to check on the hives when you’re out of town, as well as someone who can create a flight barrier around the packs that forces bees up into the air and away from people.
“Save the Bees” has become an iconic slogan to address the decline of honey bee colonies worldwide. Bees are integral pollinator organisms responsible for one out of every three mouthfuls we eat; unfortunately, due to multiple factors, they are now at risk worldwide, and this makes supporting beekeepers and organizations dedicated to their protection all the more crucial.
The Bee Conservancy is a charity dedicated to protecting bees and creating green spaces across America. Their programs educate farmers about their importance while creating habitat for bees; additionally, they offer grants to landowners who want to host bee hives on their property – with Guidestar rating giving it high praise as an organization.
As part of their community-based volunteer projects, they also host training sessions and workshops that teach people how to raise bees and use the products produced. Furthermore, they have an innovative program dedicated to training veterans on beekeeping as a form of combat PTSD management.
An easy and impactful way to support beekeepers is through buying local honey and products made by beekeepers themselves. Your purchase directly helps these individuals keep their families while still caring for the bees.
Beekeeping can be an arduous, physically demanding profession that demands hard work in all weathers. Beekeepers spend much of their time outside in all kinds of environments with beehives and bees while attending markets, fairs, and events where their products can be sold.
Beekeeping can be very rewarding for those who choose it as a career, regardless of its challenges. They enjoy fresh air, breathtaking landscapes, and knowing they are helping protect the world around them. Beekeepers may even make a decent living depending on how many hives they own and production levels.
Make Your Vote Count
Your right to vote is one of the most essential rights as a citizen. By voting, you have the power to select those who will make decisions that impact you and your family, such as tax rates and spending allocation, minimum wage levels, fair hiring practices, and much more.
Votes matter. Elections often come down to just a handful, which can have an enormous effect on how cities, states, and nations are run. Make sure that you research who represents what you believe in while also supporting environmental causes – plus supporting those political parties who implement sustainable policies!
Penn State Scranton will host a free community event entitled “Making Your Vote Count” to assist voters in understanding today’s political candidates and accessing essential information before casting their ballots.