How often do you think about where the products you’re browsing come from? Being aware of how the products you’re looking at have been made, as well as their qualities and environmental impact, will not just allow you to choose something that offers you better value for money, but it will also help the planet and the surroundings we live in to be better too.
Bees play a big part in the ongoing survival of the plant population; while they’re collecting nectar to produce honey, including our own Manuka honey, they help transfer pollen, taking it from the male to the female part of the plant. This creates the fertilisation process that produces seeds, making way for plant reproduction. Imagine if bees weren’t around to contribute?
In this blog, we’re going to take a look at this, as well as some other reasons why you should choose ethical honey.
Reasons To Choose Sustainable Manuka Honey
1. Bee Survival
In recent years, there has been much emphasis placed on making people aware of the importance of bees. With a fast-declining worldwide population caused by increasing urbanisation and domestic pesticides*, the existence of the bee is under threat.
Bees are simply imperative in our ecosystem. Honeybees are responsible for the pollination of a third of the global food supply and without pollination, plants (including food crops) would not be able to reproduce and would die without a new generation to replace them. So if you think about it; no pollination would mean no flowers, no flowers would mean no herbivores and without herbivores, omnivores would not survive either.
The survival of bees should start with the land and its surroundings. At Comvita™, we are ethical producers of Manuka honey and ensure that our hives are protected throughout the year, looking after different factors that contribute to a healthy hive.
2. Against Inappropriate Use Of Pesticides In Plants
As mentioned, inappropriate use of pesticides are one of the reasons why the bee population has been harmed. Their effects range from upsetting their flight patterns to destroying entire colonies.
In order to avoid products with pesticide residue, you should look for honey that is harvested in remote regions, where it will be given the opportunity to grow as nature intends. Our own Manuka honey hives are located away from agricultural sprays, in New Zealand’s remote forests.
What’s more, the Environmental Protection Authority in New Zealand has measures in place that are designed to protect bees, such as no spraying being allowed near hives, nor near any budding or flowering crops, nor on crops that are likely to receive a visit from bees. This ensures that our honey is kept safe, in high quality and as natural as can be.
3. The Effects of Climate Change
With the Manuka flower only being found in plentiful supply in New Zealand, it truly is one of nature’s special gifts; the fact that it only blooms for 2-6 weeks every year speaks for it rareness and means that the process to create Manuka honey is a delicate one. With climate change an ongoing concern, this rare resource is seriously endangered. On a global scale, the more that can be invested in the ethical production of natural produce, the more that can be invested in the ongoing battle to curb the effects of climate change, which affect us all.
4. Battling The Big Carbon Footprint
It’s important for all of us to understand the looming effects of climate change, how we cause a carbon footprint and how we can reduce it. As product creators, it’s especially important for businesses to ask themselves questions about what they can change in order to reduce their impact. This is why, whether you’re shopping for honey or not, you should seek out whether the brand you’re looking at has a sustainability policy in place.
At Comvita™, we take extra care to offer the finest natural products – which doesn’t just extend to the Manuka honey we create. We make the same conscious consideration when it comes to the way our products are packaged – most of our products are packed in BPA-free plastic, for example. Not only can this material be recycled, but it also helps to make our shipments lighter too; as we ship from New Zealand to various locations around the world, it has plenty of travelling to do, plenty of footprints to make.
Interested in experiencing the benefits of Manuka honey for yourself? Much of our Manuka is independently certified by the who operate a robust rating system that tests for all three of the genuine markers of Manuka honey. With Comvita™, you can feel rest assured that the products we create are everything their labels say they are.