April 29 2018

As beekeepers and avid scuba divers we love nature in all its glory, and the way the oceans are looking right now, they are not in their glory. There is so much plastic found in our oceans.

How much you may ask?

In 2016 it was estimated that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste enters the oceans from land each year. It’s also unknown how much of the eight million metric tons of plastic waste entering the marine environment each year lies on beaches as discarded items or broken-down microplastics. That figure could increase by ten-fold over the next 10 years if actions are not taken, according to a new study published in the journal Science. 

As for the aquatic animals. Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals are killed each year after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it.

So if ONE plastic item takes 1000 years to decompose, well do the math!

This is why we have decide and are committed to change the way we package our products. We are dedicated to make the transitions from plastics to either glass, paper or metal packaging by 2020. In hopes that our clients will see the environmental benefits instead of always practicality with plastic packaging. 

 Here is a video of a British diver, Rich Horner https://youtu.be/AWgfOND2y68

July 31 2018

Today, we are proud to introduce our new eco-friendly & plastic-free packaging. After hearing and personally seeing what plastic is doing to our oceans, lakes & land fields, we’ve decided to make the transition to compostable & recyclable packaging for our lip balms, cheek balms & foot balms. Our new tubes are made of 90% post-consumer cardboard and the labels are made of sugar-cane fibres from
https://www.purelabels.com/choose-pure-labels/

We protect your skin and respect the planet.

A nice article in la Voix de l'Est from October 21 2018

Mad about pollution caused by plastic, the owners of the honey Dunham, Liliane Morel and Stephen Crawford, had begun considering it a few years ago, but could not find adequate compostable packaging for their products. However, the recent deterioration in the quality of the oceans has put pressure on the accelerator.

“We travel a lot and we went to Bali two years ago and the beaches were super beautiful,” says Ms. Morel in an interview. My daughter went back this year and these beaches were full of plastic. We went to Nicaragua and on one side of an island where we went, it was just plastic waste. This is where we decided to act. We could not procrastinate anymore. It would break my heart to walk on a beach and find one of my tubes of lip balm. ”

The manufacture of eco-friendly packaging has evolved and Ms. Morel was able to find those that suited her, a tube where a simple touch of the finger makes the balm rise. The product then remains in place.

These tubes are made of cardboard containing 90% post-consumer recycled paper. The labels are made from sugar cane fibers and are therefore compostable and recyclable.

The result is convincing. “In July, I buried a cardboard tube in the garden and unearthed it a week and a half ago and only the product and a little bit of cardboard remained. It really broke down in three months, “says Morel.

A step to overcome

It does not hide that this eco-friendly change costs more. “It’s a big investment. It takes six weeks to get the tubes and labels and I can not buy just 100 tubes. I have to order 5000 to 6000 at a time and that’s double the price of my plastic tubes. ”

As a consequence for the customer, the price of lip balms, for example, has increased by almost double. On the other hand, since the tube is bigger, there is 90% more balm inside. In the end, the customer is a winner “and people are proud of us,” says Morel.

Ms. Morel also invites other producers in all sectors to join the movement, regardless of the size of their business.

“They must believe in it. They must have it in their guts, she believes. In my opinion, we have no choice but to make that change. There is really just too much plastic. ”

2020 Goal

When you visit the Dymond Road Shop, there are still products wrapped in plastic. “I can not throw them, I have to use them, but once I do not have any more, like the big size of Soft Heels, I’ll go with a big tube of cardboard. My sweet Bedaine is the same thing. ”

The pair of beekeepers do not want to stop there.

Some creams, which are in plastic pots, will soon be in glass containers.

Liliane Morel gives herself until 2020 to make the complete transition to compostable, recyclable or reusable packaging, such as glass and metal.

Bulk could also make an appearance for honey. The goal is for the three acres to generate the minimum amount of waste, she says.

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