Save the Bees

Introducing The Bee Straw

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ve been inspired by the brilliance of the bee and have teammed up with Sabrina Malach and Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs to create a new special edition Strawesome to bring more awareness to the need for bees, as well as to contribute towards their survival.  Sabrina has answered a few questions and provided us some great information which is shared below to that end.

Why are bees important?

“Bees provide the planet with the essential ecosystem service of pollination. They are critical agents in the world as we know it. It is estimated that every third bite of food can be attributed to a bee and that over 90% of flowering plants depend on bees for pollination (i.e to reproduce). The world would be significantly less beautiful, diverse and nourishing without bees as there would be far fewer flowers, fruits and seeds.”

What are you doing to create awareness and make a difference?

Cutting honeycomb“I am always buzzing about bees and their virtues. I talk to everyone I can about how important they are to our lives and utilize social media resources to spread the word. I have planted a number of poliinator gardens throughout my community including at Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden in suburban Toronto and at 2 urban farms within the City of Toronto. I am the resident beekeeper for Shoresh at Bela Farm where the main goal of our apiary is to raise healthy bees. The honey harvest is second to that. Shoresh has done a lot of work to raise awareness and appreciation for bees throughout the Jewish community in Toronto. We’ve gotten a lot of support for this including one incredible, generous and GOOD teenager who donated money from his Bar Mitzvah to our pollinator support programs.”

How can we help save the bees?

bumble bee in rose“There is so much people can do to help the bees and all pollinators today. Here are my top 5 tips to #savethebees:

  1. Plant a pollinator garden! Plant neonictinoid-free, native plants in your yard. For best practices visit, http://www.pollinator.org/gardens.htm.
  2. Get your existing garden and diet off chemicals (support organic farmers, encourage them to plant for the pollinators and become one yourself)
  3. Support your local beekeeper! Buy local honey.
  4. Reduce your carbon footprint! Plant trees, ride your bike, get off plastic (support Strawesome). Climate change is devastating for plants and pollinators.
  5. Get your community, state, province, nation, world off neonictinoids. Research what local organizations are doing to support bee health in your community and donate your time, money, energy to helping them.”

Thank you for everything you are doing to save the bees Sabrina!

Want to Win a Bee Straw?

Comment on this post (one entry per person) for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store. We will randomly choose a winner on Monday, May 11, 2015 and will notify them by email.

Good Luck!

~Daedra and Brian

Comments (39)

  1. Thank you for encouraging people to protect the bees.

  2. Great looking straw, for a great cause!

    May 1, 2015 Reply
  3. We will be planting a pollinator garden soon and getting local honey from our local farm.

    Ivy
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  4. What a great thing to be doing!

    Bethany
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  5. we are beekeepers. Just introduced a second hive this year. This weekend we are planting our wildflower pollinator garden for our bees. Have a few of your straws already. Receiving a bee straw would be fun for my grandson.

    Laurie
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  6. Im vegan and because of that i dont eat honey, But i also have a son Who loves honey- for him i always buy honey from a local farm. Also want to tell you that i love your straws❤

    jana
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  7. Great cause!

    Rachel
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  8. Great idea!

    Amy Fosdick
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  9. LOVE your straws and this one is so cute! I love bees, we’re planting wildflowers soon.

    Marissa
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  10. Very important cause!!!

    Annette Robertson paredes
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  11. Adorable!! I’m trying to teach my 4 yr old that bees are our friends!

    Jessica
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  12. love this new straw! Way to go in supporting the bees!

    Melissa
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  13. Love this straw! Great job in helping to support our bees!

    Melissa
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  14. This is great! 🙂 I can’t wait to have a yard and landscape it with all native plants and include lots of things for the bees!!

    Meghan B
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  15. Love that straw!

    Marie Brooks
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  16. Love this! My hubby always waits until the dandelions go to seed before mowing the lawn. They are one of the first food sources for bees in the spring!

    Melissa
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  17. Rawsome design, the bees definitely need someone advocating their corner. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Bonnie
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  18. This is great, we should save the bees. I don’t spray chemicals on my plants or in the yard. I also prefer native plants which make bees happy.

    May 1, 2015 Reply
  19. We buy local honey by the gallon. Support local business and help your allergies.

    Jamie
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  20. We love your straws and we love raw local honey!!

    Julia
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  21. A very important issue and cause… cute straw too!

    Michelle kiekow
    May 1, 2015 Reply
  22. This is so cute and creative! I love it!

    Carleigh
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  23. my 3 year old has become obsessed with bees. She wants to plant flowers and fruit trees everywhere so she can have more bee friends in the world.

    Denise Taylor
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  24. I’m really impressed with your efforts for the bees! So necessary, critically necessary. I love what Denise Taylor (the post above me) wrote about her 3 year old wanting to plant flowers and trees that attract more bee friends!

    Catherine
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  25. Bee the difference!! Love his straw. Love our local honey!!

    Kathryn
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  26. What a great thing! I’m a big bee supporter and really need to get some of these straws.

    Seri
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  27. My inlaws have bee hives. They noticed their bee population dropped and that’s when they decided to bring in the bees. The hives are doing great!! Thriving and pollinating all the neighbor’s gardens. 😀

    May 2, 2015 Reply
  28. I would love to win this straw!! We have an apiary and my hubby is a beekeeper. We love the bees!! 🙂

    Corissa
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  29. Just love the bee straw. We have an organic garden and try and support bees by buying local honey. We also have a yard with lots of trees. Bees really matter. We need them so our veggies grow!

    Kat
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  30. Bees are so super important! I’m so proud of organizations that shed light on how important bees truly are! =)

    Ashley K.
    May 2, 2015 Reply
  31. I love your straws, and this one is really cute!

    Bethany
    May 3, 2015 Reply
  32. Love the new straw!

    Venessa
    May 3, 2015 Reply
  33. I love your straws and this one is beautiful

    Vanessa
    May 3, 2015 Reply
  34. This is so awesome! My parents are beekeepers and I definitely need to get this for my mom! She’ll love it!

    Sidney
    May 3, 2015 Reply
  35. Thank you for doing this giveaway! I have an organic garden and am always doing what I can to bring in the bees. We also get raw honey from a bee farmer nearby. We guzzle down a gallon a month 😀

    Jennifer M.
    May 3, 2015 Reply
  36. My husband learned to keep bees from his father and we hope to pass the love of backyard beekeeping on.

    Susan Krawczyk
    May 4, 2015 Reply
  37. What a beautiful straw (as always!) AND a super cause to support! Kudos to you!

    Linnea
    May 4, 2015 Reply
  38. Save the bees!!!

    Jennifer
    May 4, 2015 Reply
  39. we are starting a hive and planting pollinator flowers & herbs & vegetables!

    May 4, 2015 Reply

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