December has begun and, like every year, people are already thinking about Christmas presents for their loved ones. In the last few months of the year we accumulate tasks and commitments that make it difficult to find the time to think about what to give to each person dear to us and therefore very often we opt for last minute thoughts that may not be very useful and created with polluting materials.
In the current climate crisis, we can make a difference even with small things, such as making responsible purchases of products that have a positive impact on the environment and people. With Beeing you have the possibility to make gifts that promote responsible production and consumption and support the most virtuous beekeepers in Italy, who respect bees and the environment!
Here are some of our proposals for a sweet Christmas:
- Adopt a hive
There are many beekeepers who collaborate with us and who make their hives and the honey the bees produce available through our “adopt a hive” initiative. On our website, you can choose the beekeeper closest to you (or the person you want to give the gift to) and select the honey you prefer (some beekeepers also have other types of honey such as acacia, lime, chestnut, honeydew, etc.). After the purchase, you will also receive a certificate of adoption of the hive you have chosen and you can visit it as many times as you like, in agreement with the beekeeper! For an even more beautiful gift, you can also choose the special HoneyBook packaging made of recycled paper: it is like a book inside which you will find honey. They are all different because they are handmade and contain some brief information about the world of bees. Also included in the package are organic “bee-friendly” seeds to plant in your garden or in the flower pots you have on your windowsill so that you can contribute to the repopulation of these tiny insects that are essential to our ecosystem. If you are part of a company and want to give a gift to your colleagues or employees, there is also the possibility of corporate adoption! Everyone will receive sustainable, km0 honey and bee-friendly seeds, but you can also decide to customise your order to suit your company’s needs.
There is also the possibility of giving a B-BOX, our urban beekeeping hive. It is a good way to start approaching this world and has considerable advantages. It is safe, as the bees can only enter and leave from a single point which is 2.2 metres high, so there is no danger of coming into direct contact with them. Thanks to the transparent glass, you can watch them at work without disturbing them. It is also bee-friendly, as the time of harvesting the honey has been carefully designed so as not to be harmful or traumatic for the bees: only the excess honey is collected, and only the part that is necessary for their nutrition is left inside the hive. It is therefore an interactive solution, perfect for a family or anyone wishing to embark on a new journey into the world of urban beekeeping!
- Digital beekeeping course
A few months ago, we added a first level online beekeeping course to our shop. If you know someone who is interested in beekeeping and would like to learn more about it, or someone who has recently embarked on this experience by investing in hives or buying one of our B-BOXes, then this course could be just the thing! This is an online video course given by the experts at Beeing divided into eight chapters. It covers the basics of knowing and managing a first hive. The topics are varied: differences between organic and traditional beekeeping, how to find the swarm, how to manage swarming, prevention of the most common bee diseases and much more. The particularity of this course is that being online, it can be followed at any time and from any device.
The Beeing team wishes you a Merry Sustainable Christmas!