How the beauty industry can help save the bees
As we've battled with climate change and issues of sustainability over the last few years, we have witnessed the decline of the bee population.
Bees are one of the most important creatures in our ecosystem. They are vital for the pollination of plants that provide an estimated one third of our food production and they support the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for creatures large and small.
What else do bees do?
Apart from honey, bees make beeswax from special glands in their bodies. They collect pollen and mix it with honey to make bee bread to feed their babies. They collect resins and sap from trees and mix it with saliva, secrete the wax from the underside of their abdomens, and then use the beeswax to construct a honeycomb.
For each pound of beeswax provided by a honeybee, the bee visits over 30 million flowers. To produce one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about eight to ten pounds of honey.
Bees are worth around £700 million to the British economy and they maintain our beautiful and diverse environment.
Unfortunately, the increasing use of pesticides and climate change temperatures have been causing a decline in their population.
We extract beeswax from the honeycomb; it is the purest and most natural of all waxes. This byproduct hugely benefits the beauty industry and is typically found in lip balms, mascara, moisturisers, lip glosses, hand creams, concealers, anti-aging creams, waxes and many other products.
How is Aqua Natural helping to save the bees?
As part of our commitment to our ethical and sustainability agenda, we help support bee populations and protect their colonies by donating our excess sugar syrup to local beekeepers.
Our pure sugar syrup mixed with water provides an excellent alternative source of food when it is too cold outside for the bees to travel to find nectar and produce honey.
Beekeepers can use sugar syrup as a substitute to stop their hives from starving. We are immensely proud that we're helping our local Northamptonshire Beekeepers Association apiary to thrive – the bees love the sweetness of our syrup.
We beloeve that what we take from the environment, we should give back to the environment.
How can you help save bees?
Planting bees’ favourite flowers will make your spa – or home – garden a haven for bees; and colourful too.
Common poppy, lavender, foxglove, nasturtium and evergreen clematis are just a few that you can plant to help sustain the bee population.
Rosie Khandwala is co-founder of vegan-certififed strip sugaring brand Aqua Natural. Follow the company on social media for updates on all its work with bees: Instagram Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
You can also meet with the team at Aqua Natural face to face at Professional Beauty London, which is taking place at ExCel London on October 11–12. Register for your free ticket.