This week we are celebrating the bees, partnering up with the wonderful Bumblebee Conservation Trust and donating 5% of our sales to help protect our depleting Bee colonies.
Now, you might be asking – Why is Monkee Genes so excited about World Bee Day?
Naturally, bees are known for their honey, but these clever guys are also behind most of the clothes in your wardrobe. In fact, they play a big role in helping make our organic jeans and apparel collection.
Bees are crucial in the pollination of plants, transferring pollen from one flower to the next, naturally fertilizing the crops as they go. Their role as pollinator is linked to increases in cotton production, seed production and fibre quality.
Sadly, bee populations are declining due to threats such as habitat loss, toxic pesticides and, of course, climate change. Unfortunately, bees don’t know a good flower to a toxic one, and the chemicals in the pesticides can cause serious harm to their nervous system as well as their ability to reproduce. The cotton flower is one that is seriously affected by such toxins effecting the pollination eco-system, therefore by shopping organic you’re playing a part in protecting the bees.
Organic cotton is almost identical to conventional cotton in the way it looks and feels, but we see the major differences in the way it is grown. Most notably, organic cotton is free from the toxic pesticides and harmful fertilisers that are used to protect and grow the plant. Instead, with help from the bees, farmers use organic fertilizers and more natural methods for pest control.
At Monkee Genes we don’t want to mess with nature, we want to work with it. This is why you’ll see organic cotton throughout our production, using only factories that are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
Shopping and living organically is no longer just about the food you consume, you can make a different with your wardrobe too by choosing to wear organically made clothing. The easiest way to shop organically is to look out for The Global Organic Textile Standard logo; more commonly referred to as its acronym ‘GOTS’. By choosing products that have been GOTS Certified you can guarantee that it is free from toxic chemicals and pollutants throughout the supply chain, as well as the manufacturing process being more water and energy efficient and ensuring safe working conditions and a living wage for factory workers.
What other ways can you help save the bees?
- You can plant some bee-friendly plants in your garden. If you need inspiration you can sign up to Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Bee Kind Tool today! #BeeKind
- Ditch the pesticides! Opt for natural methods of pest control instead of reaching for your typical high street pesticide.
- Choose organic – not only for your wardrobe but also for your food shop. If you can’t grow your own then choose to support the companies producing their food organically, this itself sends a signal to retailers as well as farmers that there is a demand for organic produce and a more conscious way of living,
- If you have the space, why not build your own ‘bee hotel’ and help the bee population recover from the decline in habitats over the last few years – there’s lot of example online!
There’s lots more useful information about how you can help protect your local bee population over on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s website.
You’ll also be helping to save the bees by shopping with Monkee Genes this week as we’ll be donating 5% of sales to our lovely friends at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust whose vision is a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued. You can find more about their mission here