Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Bees: Irreplaceable Assets

“More Than Honey” Documentary Review

At Colors of Nature we make it our first and foremost priority that no animals or animal products are used in any of our paints or art supplies. We also make sure that none of our products are tested on animals. We believe in making sure that even the smallest of creatures are valued and respected through our determination to make sure all of our products meet the high standards we place upon ourselves. One particular creature is at the top of our priority list in eliminating products made from them from our shop and instead purchasing and supporting products that do not exploit the hard work and wellbeing of this creature; bees. Bees are extraordinary, extremely intelligent and communicative creatures that work every moment of the day for their queen’s wellbeing and comfort. They provide for their young, for the environment, for other creatures and most of all, for humans. According to the documentary More Than Honey, “one third” of all of our food is reliant solely on the pollination work of bees. Without these tiny insects we would not have any foods that develop from flowers; such as apples, almonds, pears and squash. Why do we care so much about eliminating bee byproducts from our art supplies? There are multiple reasons, many of which were highlighted in the exemplary documentary mentioned earlier, More Than Honey.

Many unpleasant truths were unwrapped in More Than Honey in reference to the state of honey-producing bees. Bees are dwindling in number. Their hard work and essential role in the grand, earth-wide food chain goes unnoticed. Mass production has caused the care for bees as living creatures seem outdated and overrated. Non-native species are mixing their genes with native populations around the world, causing the loss of pure genetics. Disease and parasites have always threatened bees, but the need for bees to be artificially inserted into corporate orchards in order to pollinate the crops has resulted in diseases being transported across countries and carried over to bees native to those visited areas. More Than Honey has exposed some of the reasons why using bee byproducts in any product, not only art supplies, is not acceptable; at least not to Colors of Nature.
Bees as a species are under attack. Stress from all angles is contributing to the disappearance of the bee population across the globe; mass production, environmental changes, destruction of native habitats, lack of care for them as living creatures and the demand for their labour are taking a toll on these gentle insects. At Colors of Nature we don’t want to contribute to the disappearance of the bees. Instead, we make our products without beeswax, honey or other bee byproducts entirely. Other times, we use purely plant-based waxes and byproducts. Our goal is to provide artists with the ability to choose an animal and insect-friendly option when purchasing art paints and supplies. Our foremost priority is to make sure and guarantee that our products are free from animal testing and animal products and byproducts. We believe in 100% plant-based art supplies and hope that you will too.  

To purchase our beeswax-free encaustic all-plant wax pucks, visit our website at http://www.colorsofnature.com/EncausticArt.html

To learn more about More Than Honey the documentary, visit http://buy.morethanhoneyfilm.com/