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How to Help Bees (Even If You Don’t Have A Garden)

how to help bees

how to help bees

The other day I spoke about how to plant a bee friendly garden.  But what if you don’t have a garden or access to any green space?  Not to worry, you can still help the bees.  Here’s how you can help bees and ‘bee’ a friendly person!

How to Help Bees:

Don’t pick any wild flowers, no matter how pretty they look.  Leave them for the bees.

Is there any derelict land or space in your town/city?  Be a guerrilla gardener and scatter some wildflower seeds in any available space.

Window boxes are great and low maintenance.  Even a pot of lavender by your door is better than nothing and really helps the bees.

Don’t have space for a window box or plant pot and wondering how to help bees?  You can shop with the bees in mind.  Some stores, including Neal’s Yard, are donating 25p from every product sold from their Bee Lovely Collection to projects that help save the bees, while Burt’s Bees are donating £1 from the sale of every Milk & Honey body lotion.  Other stores, such as the Co-Op are running a Plan Bee campaign to help.

If you’d like your honey to come with a little less effort then be sure to buy your honey from responsible suppliers.  Rowse are probably one of the most responsible honey suppliers, and are doing a lot to help the bees.

bumble bee

You can adopt a hive from £29.99, and help start a new bee colony.   You get a certificate, seeds and honey as a thank you as well as that warm fuzzy glow that you’re doing something good.

Become a bee keeper!  Yes, that’s right!  You don’t need much space – perhaps a balcony or roof top if you have easy and safe access to yours.  It’s easier than you think and you’ll be rewarded with lots of lovely honey!  Here’s a handy guide to starting out and another good reference point is the British Beekeepers Association website.

Hold a bake sale at work/college /local fete and donate the takings to a bee friendly charity, such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Inspired?  Let me know in the comments below if you do any of these or come up with your own ideas on how to help bees!

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Fashion, Life & Style

Style Is: Sustainable

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sustainable-style-blog

Sustainable fashion website Style Is have put together a sustainable outfit competition, and because I fully support the idea that clothing should be sustainable and timeless rather than disposable, I thought I’d submit an entry.  It’s a particularly timely and important thing to think about in light of the sad news in Bangladesh, where hundreds of people making clothes for the high street lost their lives – devastatingly showing the true cost of fast and cheap fashion.

Second-hand and ethical clothing can be incredibly stylish.  There are heaps of ethical brands out there making some great clothing and accessories. And, with the likes of eBay, Etsy and other online resources, you don’t even have to spend hours going round second-hand/vintage shops to find some second-hand bargains (although I do like a good rummage in a charity shop now and again, and the money raised goes to good causes).  And the best part about buying stylish rather than overtly “fashionable” clothing means you have a wardrobe that lasts a lifetime, rather than pieces that go out of fashion after a few months which will never see the light of day again.  So from a money-saving point of view it’s also good news!

The rules of the Style Is competition are that you have to put together an outfit containing at least one sustainable item of clothing, be it vintage, second hand, upcycled, or an item of clothing from an ethical manufacturer.  I went the whole hog, and went for everything second-hand

As our house is too small to get decent photos and it’s raining outside (oh Scotland!), meaning I can’t get out in the garden to take photos, I thought I’d take some individual photos to show the pieces in detail:

My Sustainable Outfit

vintage dress

This is my forever favourite dress.  It’s vintage from Japan, and is the ultimate in eco-friendly dressing – it’s at least third-hand!  I bought it on eBay from girl in Manchester, who bought it in a vintage shop.  I paid £1.49 for it too, making it a super bargain!

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I love this jacket – it’s my summer jacket.  I bought it second-hand on eBay three years ago.  It’s in need of some TLC – perhaps a dye-job as it’s a bit faded in places, but that should give it life for years to come.

vintage-tan-tooled-leather-bag

This bag is my favourite.  I found it in the vintage section on Etsy five years ago, and it’s rarely left my side since. It didn’t cost me very much money – I think the postage cost more than the bag, as it came from the States.

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This necklace came from a charity shop in Edinburgh (Shelter in Morningside – in my opinion the best charity shop in Edinburgh!).  I don’t wear necklaces very often, being a mum to a small child, so it was a treat to wear it for these photos.

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I bought these boots secondhand on eBay last year, and have worn them in all weather.  They’re so comfortable and soft.

And voila, my secondhand sustainable outfit!  What do you think?

EDIT: I’ve put together a post on my top eBay shopping tips that you might find useful!