Our Sustainability Strategy
The world is changing rapidly, and therefore it is more important than ever that we, as individuals and as organizations do as much as we can to positively impact the world.
Rather than just talking about climate change, we are proactively developing a brand and a business that puts the environment first.
It's not just about using resources, it’s about being one.
As an organisation we want to make the best choices to promote positive change in relation to climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, at a personal and a more global level.
Bee numbers around the world are dropping, which scientists believe is largely attributed to climate change. Scientists have found that the areas where temperatures have risen over the last generation, or have experienced more extreme temperature swings, fewer bees exist.
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” - Albert Einstein
The legitimacy of this quote may often be disputed, but one thing is for certain, the world would be a very different place if there were no bees around!
Our HQ office is powered solely by wind power, we have a zero waste policy and we compost.
Our 100ml outer box is made from recycled fibers. Our 500ml bottle is made from 100% recycled PET. We are currently working on having all of our packaging made from recycle materials. This means we are taking plastic out of the environment instead of adding to it.
HiveAlive products use natural active ingredients. All products are free from sulphates (SLS & SLES), parabens, colorants, silicones, ethanolamines (mea/dea/tea), polyteterafluoroethylene (PTFE), nanoparticles.
We are proud to have donated $2500 to a very worthy organisation, Bees Abroad. A topic very close to our hearts, beekeeping.
This is a project that specifically empowers and encourages women to learn a new skill from the resources around them enabling them to have their own source of income and support their families. Read more below about the Levite Women's Beekeeping project and how it's sustainable practices promote health and commerce.
A message from Trisha Marlow, Partnership Manager for Ghana, Bees Abroad
Advance Science sponsor the expansion of Bees Abroad’s Levite Women Beekeepers’ project, Ghana for 2021 from its modest beginnings, in an area with no history of beekeeping. This is a very exciting time for this eager group of women who live in a small community with very limited livelihood opportunities in a hilly area north of the capital, Accra. Few of the women completed primary school, most are small-scale subsistence farmers, and all want better opportunities for their children.
The women then harvested their first honey with no relevant training in April, as Ghana had a ban on workshops and travel due to Covid19. They then weathered the sale of the land their hives were sited on for pineapple farming, relocating them to a new site. Communication to the community is challenging, yet support and advice was always available during these challenging times from GRTN trainer Michael Sakyi who lives in Accra.
As a result of Advance Science's support, the women will initially receive a further 67 hive kits (making half of the projected total) and some additional sets of protective clothing so they can set to work establishing further apiaries in the forest and head towards a valuable harvest of quality honey. They will receive extension visits for support, beekeeping practicals and harvest and processing training from Michael in 2021.
The Levite project participants have their sights firmly set on added value training in early 2022 to begin the production of a range of beauty products for sale in shops as, by that time, they will have viable harvests of honey, beeswax and propolis. Ghana is also blessed with locally produced cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, moringa, lemongrass and other ingredients for a sustainable product range.
This will be quite a journey for the Levite Beekeepers, but with technical support from one of the Ghanaian universities and their sponsors, we are quietly confident that, in partnership, we can bring about sustainable change for the women of the community and their dependents.
*GRTN is Bees Abroad’s Ghana Regional Trainer Network
Our goal is to become carbon neutral by the year 2023. We aim to achieve this through having environmentally conscious business approaches at the forefront of everything we do.
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