As you may have noticed, at Restlet, we are fond of the bees. Our mascot, Sparky, is a big part of our company and so we decided to do something good for the bee community: we sponsored a hive!
What does that mean?
Well the concept is pretty simple. Every month, we give a little something ($$, or actually €€) to an organization called Un toit pour les abeilles (meaning “A roof for the bees” in french) and they build and maintain a hive in the name of Restlet. You get to choose a beekeeper in your region (in France only) and in exchange, you receive monthly news about your bees and their harvest (AND, you get 100 honey pots at the end of the year!) 😀 yum!
While we’re at it, here are some interesting facts about bees and hives:
- A bee colony is comprised of about 40,000 bees.
- A hive produces more than 3 kg of honey per day. This production far exceeds the need for the bees’ reserves. The beekeeper harvests and markets the honey surplus from the hive.
- In June and July, the activity is very dense. The bees leave the hive and return with their legs loaded with precious nectar and work between 12 to 15 hours a day. Their life during that period is shorter – a bee lives 6 weeks on average during the summer, against 5 to 6 months in the fall when the activity is slowed down.
- In France, nearly 30% of bee colonies disappear every year. In 10 years, 15,000 beekeepers have ceased their operations.
- In a region of China, bees have completely disappeared as a result of intensive use of pesticides. Farmers are obliged to employ hundreds of people to pollinate the flowers of pear trees themselves.
We hope you learnt a little something and don’t hesitate to post any questions. We’re not bee experts but we can ask our beekeeper, Claude! If you or your company also want to help save the bees and sponsor a hive, check out Un toit pour les abeilles.
We can’t wait to taste our honey! If we feel generous, maybe we’ll send you a couple pots 🙂