Bees aren't just in our name. They're part of our history, our culture, and our future, too. Burt Shavitz, the bearded co-founder of Burt's Bees, was a beekeeper. It was his bees that made the wax in our first Beeswax Lip Balm. But they make a lot more than wax and honeybees are connected with several critical issues for human and environmental health, including biodiversity, food security, nutrition, and sustainable land use.
A world without bees is unimaginable. We won't let it happen. We support our buzzing friends with many wonderful projects that promote honeybee health and sustainable agriculture. We are also continually improving our sourcing process, so that eventually each and every one of our ingredients, pollinated or not, will be vetted and accounted for.
Our collaboration with the Pollinator Partnership began at the onset of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2007. Their mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
A big focus of our foundation is supporting the health of both bees and humans through sustainable agriculture and pollinator forage projects in our home state of North Carolina. In fact, we're committed to help create 10,000 acres of healthy pollinator forage by 2020.
99% of agriculture in the U.S. relies on pesticides to better control crop yields, and there is growing evidence to suggest that these may play a role in bee declines. In an effort to spread awareness of this issue, the Pollinator Partnership is creating educational materials for pesticide applicators. The goal is to reduce the agricultural pesticides in our environment by knowing when and how to use such pesticides.