"When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
One of our favorite materials we use, and use frequently, is pure beeswax. A natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees, it has a wide variety of uses. We love the way it coats our canvas bags to create a unique and durable finish.
One of every three bites of food we eat is from a crop pollinated by honey bees. Over the past decade, there has been an alarming decline in honey bee populations across the world. Very Fine South is dedicated to supporting our local pollinators and the practices that encourage their population growth.
Pollinators are profoundly important to our well-being and the health of our environment. The connection of how we treat our local lands and waterways have a direct link on the health of pollinators and, ultimately ourselves. Reducing and eliminating pesticides in yards and gardens & planting local wildflowers and pollinator friendly gardens help our useful friends thrive. Because insects are so small, even pots of flowers on a patio can make a difference. Changing how we regulate pesticides takes a lot of public support and can have long term beneficial impacts on our food systems, our ecosystems, and our health.
PLANTERS FOR POLLINATORS
To help preserve our local pollinators, Very Fine South is donating 10% of planter proceeds to the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project.
The Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project is an educational research program dedicated to exploring the effects of urban habitats on honey bees. Undergraduate students conduct independent and group-based interdisciplinary research projects that range from designing electronic devices to monitor bees to identifying sources of food for bees in cities. Volunteers with the program also maintain hives in urban farms and community gardens on the westside of Atlanta in order to provide pollination services and to be used for beekeeping training programs. Protecting pollinators is an important component of planning for a sustainable future and the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee project is working to ensure that bees remain a part of the urban ecosystem. Learn more by visiting their website:
Many organizations provide abundant information on pollinator conservation. Here are a few other favorite resources to learn what we can do: