The Apiary Journal

The UK’s first CarbonNeutral Honey Farm!

- Corporate Social Responsibility - by Bees for Business

We are absolutely delighted and excited (and eating loads of delicious, British honey to celebrate) become the world’s first certified CarbonNeutral honey farm.

This is a huge jewel in our environmental crown and really does mark the start of a great year for us, spearheading the importance of the British honeybee and British honey. With plenty of ways to get involved including our unique Beehive Twinning, the UK’s only Honey Academy and of course our honeybee hive adoption plans, 2019 is surely the year to join us on our journey…

Here’s the fancy press release to read…

UK Beekeeper launches the UK’s first CarbonNeutral honey

A beekeeper from Lincolnshire has launched the UK’s first certified CarbonNeutral honey.   Bees for Business is run by honeybee farmer and business owner Jez Rose and alongside their core business working with businesses who want to adopt a beehive and help reverse the decline of the honeybee, they also produce award-winning raw British honey under the brand name Bees&Co.  By switching to a 100% renewable energy supplier, moving to 100% recyclable packaging, reducing identified carbon emissions created as a result of transport or deliveries and off-setting all remaining carbon emissions with a contribution to renewable energy, the business has gained CarbonNeutral status with their CarbonNeutral credentials endorsed by the Carbon Footprint Standard – an internationally recognised standard for establishing low carbon products.

There are very few food products that can be classified as CarbonNeutral and with Bees for Business becoming the UK’s first certified CarbonNeutral honey farm, their Bees&Co. honey is a world first for honey, too.  The honey produced on the farm is entirely natural, raw, British and produced in small batches with an intense amount of work going into every single jar.  Food’s carbon foot print is measured by the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming and processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food we eat.

Jez Rose, beefarmerand founder of Bees for Business said:

“This isn’t just another sustainability milestone for us but probably the most significant and we are delighted to run our organic farm and produce our delicious raw honey in such a way that further protects the environment – a world first.  We are an environmentally conscious brand with a campaigning message at our heart. Everything we do is working towards our aim of reversing the decline of the honeybee in the UK.  We have already banned pesticides, chemicals, plastic wrapping, non-recyclable IT products and unnecessary paper from our business.  Those businesses that adopt one of our beehives do so safe in the knowledge that not only are they elevating their corporate social responsibility credentials, but they are helping to keep our planet sustainable and helping us ensure the continued existence of the honeybee.”

Bees&Co. Wild Countryside honey is the winner of a Great Taste Award and has iconic clients selling and using  the honey from within the hospitality sector, including The Ned hotel, Michelin-star Restaurant Story and Nobu Hotel in London.  The honey is available to buy direct to wholesale suppliers via the Bees for Business website

Notes for Editors

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