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This personal care company didn't pick their name just for sh*ts and gigs—their co-founder, Burt Shavitz, was a beekeeper and believes in creating a buzz around honeybees. The company's goal was to impact 10,000 acres of healthy honeybee area by 2020, which they met and exceeded in 2016. You can contribute by purchasing any of their beauty or hygiene products. They even have a limited edition "Bring Back the Bees" lip balm that plants 5,000 pollinator-friendly wildflowers with every purchase.
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Have you noticed any Cheerios boxes that are missing the trademark mascot, Buzz the Bee? The company replaced Buzz with an empty outline of a bee to raise awareness for the dwindling bee population. They launched a campaign called #BringBackTheBees to send 100 million free packets of wildflower seeds to be planted (and ended up exceeding their goal 10 times over).
Friends of Honeybees, The BBKA
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The British Beekeepers Association was founded in 1874 to protect the bee population and educate the public on why they play a key role in our lives. All of their funds support honeybee research and education programs. In their online shop, The Pollen Basket, they sell everything from jewelry to books to cosmetics.
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On their website, Honeycolony boasts "high-quality products with high-quality standards that value planet, humanity, honesty, and fair-trade practices." They feature posts on their blog about strides in the bee community, and they have a "Save the Bee" set for sale that includes wild honey, their anti-aging moisturizer, and the film, Vanishing of the Bees. You can show off your support of the honeybees with their "bee the change" t-shirt.
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At Bee Raw, one percent of all profits go straight to saving the bees. The organization strives to provide the average person with ways to contribute to saving the honeybees right from their own backyards, by planting flowers, signing pledges, or donating funds. Get your honey fix by ordering some of their raw, natural honey, and pair it with their delicious tea or coffee. They even offer new ways to use your honey with recipes and pairings.
Me & the Bees Lemonade
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12-year-old Mikaila Ulmer created Me & the Bees Lemonade from her granny's secret recipe. Ulmer was always fascinated by honeybees, and as her lemonade grew in popularity, she decided to donate a percentage of the profits to organizations fighting to save the bee population. So far, Ulmer's lemonade only sells along the coasts and in the south, but you can order lemonade and merchandise from anywhere on her website.
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Company founder Anne-Marie Faiola believes in providing the highest quality ingredients in her soaps and bath products. Bramble Berry not only sells soap, but provides customers with the responsibly-sourced supplies to make their own personal care products. For years, Bramble Berry has donated to the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center. They have a selection of items that are 10% off with the code, SAVEBEES, that supports the UC Davis Honey Bee Research Fund.
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Whole Foods Market has proclaimed their passion for protecting pollinators and helping the public understand why honeybees are so important. On their blog, they give us ways to stop the bee decline: plant a variety of flowers, preserve bare patches of soil, and skip pesticides. They also list several suppliers who support the cause and donate funds to saving the bee population.
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ICE CREAM. Now we've got your attention. Even Häagen Dasz supports the honeybees, because believe it or not, bees help in the creation of one third of their frozen flavors, including strawberry, rocky road, and vanilla. To date, they've donated over one million dollars to bee research and education. Keep your eyes out for "free cone day" in support of honeybee pollination at a Häagen Dazs shop near you.