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All of Our Beeswax
By Ashleigh Beyer, Vapour BlogGirl
5/13/2015
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Bees are dear to Vapour’s heart: 146 of the 150 products in the Vapour line contain organic beeswax. Beeswax is what gives Vapour stick products form and stability; as Krysia puts it, “Beeswax is the foundation of the foundation.”

Vapour used to buy organic beeswax as close to home as possible, from Canada, but that small family farm lost its certification after Monsanto crops were planted nearby. Certified organic bee products are hard to come by: first, the beekeeper must manage hive and farm without using pesticides or antibiotics of any kind; then they must only use natural practices for harvesting the honey, smoke rather than the often-used fume boards. Nearby farms must also be pesticide-free in order for the bee colony to qualify as organic. Bees collect nectar and pollen in a four-mile radius from their hives. Now Vapour sources its organic beeswax globally based on seasonal availability. Between sourcing and shipping, this ingredient can get pricey, but Vapour’s commitment to organic is unwavering; as Krysia says, “Vapour will never create product without the highest percentage of organic ingredients possible.”

The rapid population decline of honeybees gained attention in 2006 when the disappearance of bees from their colonies was given a new name, Colony Collapse Disorder. Washington, D.C.–based education and policy non-profit Beyond Pesticides first started publicizing the role of pesticides in bee decline years ago and their scientific database has “identified new findings demonstrating that pesticides, especially the neonicotinoid class of insecticides, have sub-lethal and chronic impact on bee behavior, immune system, and colony longevity.” 

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Buying organic beeswax, although not always easy, is the right thing to do on two counts. One, keeping Vapour products organic is good for you because 60 to 80% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. Mainstream cosmetics can be chock-full of chemicals that are scientifically linked to a host of physical maladies. And two, keeping Vapour products organic is good for the planet. By purchasing organic beeswax, Vapour is supporting bee population health, habitat and, hopefully, longevity. According to Beyond Pesticides website one in three bites of food require pollinators. There could be serious implications for the stability of ecosystems, the economy and our food supply if bee populations continue to decline.

Krysia is looking forward to having her first beehive in her garden next summer. Thanks to her ever-growing garden, she understands and appreciates the job that wild pollinators do. Talking more about pollinating she says, “We don’t think about the pollinators’ roll in the process of growing food because it happens seamlessly; it’s invisible to most of us. Pollinators are the unsung heroes of the food chain.”

-ASHLEIGH BEYER




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On 6/9/2015 Senoa Riegel wrote:

Ashleigh,

I appreciate you bringing awareness to these important topics. With most fruits, many vegetables, almonds, alfalfa and many other crops all dependent upon bees for pollination, the variety and nutritional value of our food system is threatened.

It is crucial to become educated on how our lifestyle and habits affect this. As you stated above "Bees collect nectar and pollen in a four-mile radius from their hives." I have attached a fun chart listing plants to put in your garden for the bees.

I look forward to your next informative piece!




On 6/2/2015 Allison wrote:

Ashleigh,

Thank you for highlighting the importance of beeswax in Vapour Organic Beauty products. I'm appreciating the effort Vapour goes to to support bee wellness, therefore our wellness.

We presently have six hives in our garden, & since their arrival, I have been mesmerized by their industriousness.

Thank you Vapour!




On 6/1/2015 Stephanie wrote:

I'm trying to wrap my mind to this important topic on how rapid the bee population is declining . The role these bees have is astounding and how crucial they mean to us. I'm truly pleased Vapour supports bee health and population.



On 5/28/2015 Audrey wrote:

Thank you for the insight and addressing such an important topic Ashleigh. I have a special place in my heart for bees, and they are SO crucial to our own health and survival. They fact that pollinators are required for 1 in every 3 bites of food is astounding! The rapid decline of bees is an issue that needs more attention. Vapour is truly a company taking action with integrity and purpose.



On 5/21/2015 Elise wrote:

Ashleigh,

Fantastic write-up.
In high school, a read a comment by Einstein who stated that once the bees become extinct, the human race has approximately two years to live. What a scary and sad thing. I think it is easy to live mindlessly in modern times, never thinking about the implications of our existence. There is a sense of immediacy and entitlement. There is no sense of self-responsibility.
Thank you for writing this piece. It is chalk full of wonderful information and it certainly made my respect for Vapour and Krysia swell.

Best,

E





   
 
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