Welcome spring and those longer days and sunny afternoons. Welcome rains and pollen too. And as the flowers and trees rev up their blooming, welcome bees.
Bees have much work to do in the spring, tasked with pollinating flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. The hours they put in pay dividends to everyone, ensuring habitats for creatures who rely on plant homes and keeping a full one third of the food we eat pollinated.
According to Greenpeace, “Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops — which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition — are pollinated by bees.”
And don’t even get us started singing the praises of honey. (Or do. We can go on and on, starting with these recipes for infused honey.)
Your Morning Mug Can Help a Bee Out
You may have heard that the population of pollinators, including honey bees, has declined in the past decade. While sources give different estimates for the extent of the problem, they all tell a similar story about bee decline, especially in the United States, due to climate change, pesticides and habitat loss.
But what does this have to do with your morning coffee or tea? Plenty, actually. Because the beverage you drink and the way you make it can contribute to the solution. Specifically:
Choose organic. You can help reduce pesticides by using organic coffee, tea and filters. You can find an organic cotton CoffeeSock filter for most brewing systems.
Choose reusable. You can help prevent habitat destruction by choosing reusable, sustainable brewing supplies.
What’s Good for the Trees is Good for the Bees
Sure, bees are into flowers. But they love trees too. They pollinate flowering trees and build their hives in tree branches. It’s a win win. So, the less paper we consume, the better for trees and bees (and fruits, nuts, vegetables and you).
So, as bee season begins in your area, you’ve got a thousand more reasons to save the trees 🌳 + feed the bees. 🐝
One pack of CoffeeSock reusable filters replaces more than 365 paper filters.