Our honey comes completely conscience free!
12 June 2021
We all understand the challenges that are facing humanity, and one of the most important is what we are facing with our changing climate as well as plastic pollution. As ethical food producers we feel we have a moral obligation to do our bit and to face future generations with integrity and to give customer A CHOICE. To that end we have made every jar of our raw Welsh Honey 100% Carbon Neutral. Right now. Not in 5 years time, not in 2035, not by 2050, but right now. That means no CO2 emissions as a result of purchasing our raw Welsh Honey. We can even work out how much CO2 you have saved the planet by purchasing our raw Welsh Honey individually by logging into your account. So how do we achieve complete 100% Carbon Neutrality on our raw Welsh Honey?
All the energy consumed in the extraction of our honey, its gentle and coarse filtering to bottling is generated by our own electricity with solar PV cells on the roof of our building and 100% green. But the daylight is not continuous in Wales so when we need to purchase from the grid we only buy 100% Carbon Free green energy.
But that energy use is just the bottling side, and in normal circumstances consumes the most energy. What about the management of the bees? How we look after our bees using organic principles is explained here. In terms of consumables managing bees evidently uses parts of many materials.
We have for many years used wood beehives and wood internal frames. These are carbon neutral as not only can they be recycled (on site by our microorganism friends in the earth) but is completely sustainable. The amount of CO2 the trees have soaked up easily outweigh all the emissions from the manufacturing (cutting down, transporting and sawing) into useable parts.
No more Polyhives
We have invested in the past in poly hives which are made from polystyrene. At the time we thought that these would outperform wooden beehives in terms of keeping bees warm during the winter and thus reducing their stress and prolonging their lives, but this difference was negligible in the long term compared to wooden beehives.
We cannot definitely say that poly hives produce microplastics when the rain hits them, but a logical mind points that this must be the case. But rather than to throw and fill a landfill we will be using them until the end of their useability, hopefully another 10 years plus. However, we will no longer be investing in any new polystyrene based products out of principle and only get new wooden beehives. This is part of our commitment to the environment both in terms of microplastics and trying not to use materials derived from hydrocarbons. By using all wooden beehives we will remain on our 100% Carbon Neutral path.
We mitigate our effect of using these carbon omitting resources by looking at what we can do on our doorstep. There is an argument that having such a well insulated building and home will offset future energy over its lifetime, but we prefer to use this to produce an annual 100% Carbon Free raw Welsh Honey. So how do we do this? We tackle this in two separate ways.
Firstly, we don’t use all the electric we produce so this is exported back to the grid for consumers to use. The carbon saved by doing this compared to using power generated by fossil fuels covers all the emissions form our vehicle use so we are 100% Carbon Neutral there as a minimum.
And secondly, all the other emissions used in construction, in materials used in beekeeping, to the materials used in bottling such as the glass jar, the metal lids and paper labels, the plastic free packaging have all been accounted for. For where the exporting of green energy is not sufficient we are planting brand new trees on our own land so we can guarantee that the capturing of emissions will continue for as long as the business and land remains within our family. We are in the process of planting enough trees to cover these emissions and for those expected to be used within the next 30 years with plenty more to make sure each and every jar of our raw Welsh Honey is absolutely 100% Carbon Neutral.
Small tiny changes to our lives makes a huge impact
We hope that many people will make little changes to ensure humanities future for many generations to come. But its business that make the biggest changes as it gives consumers a CHOICE. Without choice there is little change. Our contribution is to make sure that every jar of raw Welsh Honey that we supply is completely 100% Carbon Neutral, right here at the source, not offset by paying a company to plant trees in land far away where there is every possibility it will be cut down in a few years’ time or even a gimmick for contemporary fashion. It’s now. Right now. We do this so we can help you play your part, conscience free.