CREATED IN THE ANTARCTIC...

As a former Parachute Regiment officer, I was fortunate enough to spend a period of time in the Antarctic supporting the conservation efforts of some of the world’s most endangered species. I saw first-hand how human choices can negatively impact the planet and surrounding eco-systems.

Of particular note was the impact of climate change on glacial land masses, and how the expansion of humanity and our hunger for resources is pushing many species to extinction at an unprecedented rate. It was here, in the snow covered landscape of the Antarctic, that the thought of creating Green Bee entered my mind.

As a result, when leaving the forces many year's later, I vowed to use my time to drive sustainable change. I started creating innovations that replaced single-use plastics, while concurrently educating people about the wonders of our planet and the importance of environmental preservation. Green Bee had eventually become a reality. 

We're essentially a zero-waste store that's driving sustainable change for the sake of the generations that follow. Our mission is to rid the planet of single-use plastics and mass consumables by providing the finest artisinal alternatives offered at a fair price.

It's a sobering reality that industry creates around 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, 8 million of which ends up in the ocean. Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down - along the way it leaches harmful toxins and fractures into smaller pieces called micro-plastics which wreak havoc on the surrounding eco-systems. Sadly, while previous generations have put it there, the generations that follow will foot the bill.

To fulfil our mission, Green Bee prides itself on an extensive network of UK and global artisan partnerships that are all empowered to deliver the highest quality goods in a fair and ethical manner - always while helping communities to thrive along the way.   

Our guiding values are simple: preserve the environment, treat fairly, transform lives, be unique.

In 2020 Green Bee's flagship product, the reusable beeswax food wrap was created to try and negate some of the 745,000 miles of clingfilm used in the UK every year. After 14 months of initial development, they not only look good, but they keep your food much fresher than clingfilm, while being reusable and 100% biodegradable. 

We’ve received some amazing feedback from our customers and picked up some awards along the way which has really bolstered our passion to grow and deliver further exciting projects to support our environment with your help.

Do check out what we've got on offer, it'd be great to have you onboard. Remember, small changes really do have a big impact.

Naming our brand

Some of the reasons for naming our business Green Bee™️ are more obvious than others. We thought we'd take a few moments to share some of the motivations around the naming of our brand.

BEES

The importance of bees and their impact on humanity was a major factor that we wanted to acknowledge when naming our brand. There's a reason Bees have been called the most important species on the planet.

Bee’s are responsible for around one-third of all our food production, pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly, or indeed the food for animals that we consume. These acts of pollination are worth tens of £billions to the agriculture industry every year. If we were to lose bees due to climate change, or loss of habitat, we could quite literally starve.

GREEN AGENDA

The ‘Green’ component of our name was derived from the wider term that encompasses all things environmentally friendly, the ‘Green’ agenda.

This is an important one for us given that since the 1500s, 570 plant species and 700 animal species have gone extinct. This decline is now 100 times faster than the natural evolutionary rate, and it's accelerating.

World plastic production has also increased exponentially in recent years. Up from 2.1 million tonnes in 1950, to 300 million tonnes in 2019; 10 millions tonnes of which ends in our oceans every single year. 

MILITARY GREEN

There was another connotation to the use of ‘Green’ which came from my days as an officer in the British military.

In the Parachute Regiment, we wore uniquely coloured, square patches on the arms of our uniforms called drop-zone flashes. These 'flashes' aided the identification of each unit on the battlefield after a chaotic parachute jump and in turn made rapid organisation a little simpler.

I was part of 3 PARA, who's drop zone flash was green. This holds an incredible amount of sentimental value, and therefore also played its part in the naming of ‘Green’ Bee too.