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Finally! The new GOTS fabrics are here.

Finally! The new GOTS fabrics are here.

It has been a long time from the visit to the cotton fields to the delivery of the new fabrics, but now the first coated cloths are in the warehouse waiting to be sent out.

GOTS? What does that actually mean?

Global Organic Textile Standard

The seal holder is Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH, which was founded by the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standards. This is an association of various organisations that are committed to environmentally sound and socially responsible textile production.

Aim/Focus

The aim of the label is to establish a globally uniform, controllable, social and ecological standard that covers the entire production chain of textiles and makes it traceable. The focus is on the use of chemicals during production.

Good to know…

Textiles that consist of at least 70 percent organically produced natural fibres and meet the requirements may bear the GOTS seal (“made with x% organic”). From 95% organic content, the addition “organic” is awarded. Our cloths now meet this requirement in Standard 6.0 – the latest standard version.

All 5 new fabric samples are available in all sizes this time:

– 24 x 24 cm as a square to cover small/medium sized bowls

– 24 x 34 cm as a long format to wrap directly for a sandwich or perfect for cheese to keep in the fridge

– 35 x 35 cm as XXL cloth to cover e.g. large salad bowls

Have fun wrapping, covering and keeping fresh with beeGoodies!

A world without bees is unthinkable

A world without bees is unthinkable

The importance of bees as pollinators for biodiversity and food security is fundamental to humanity. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 20 May as World Bee Day. In doing so, the global community is also highlighting the recognition of the decline in the world’s bee population and the urgent need to protect bees.

Why 20 May?

Anton Janscha was born on 20 May 1734 in Bresnica and was a Slovenian court beekeeper to Maria Theresa in Vienna. He is considered to be the inventor of the first frame method of beekeeping and was the rector of the world’s first modern beekeeping school. He is the author of numerous books on beekeeping and apiculture. In 2014, the Slovenian Beekeepers Association launched the World Bee Day Initiative www.worldbeeday.org with the support of the Government of Slovenia. With success: the United Nations proclaimed 20 May as UN World Bee Day in 2018.

No life without bees

We encounter their great achievements every day: bees provide our food and health. Their structures and social behaviour are drivers of innovation in technology and information technology for us. Hardly any other animal has accompanied human development for as long as the bee. In the long term, the protection and benefit of bees can help reduce poverty and hunger and maintain a healthy environment and biodiversity. Now, bees are in danger and so are the opportunities for sustainable development.

75 % of global food crops depend on pollination, especially by bees. For medicinal purposes alone, we now use over 50,000 bee-pollinated plant species. The honeycomb construction of bees has become indispensable in aviation and vehicle construction. The highly efficient collection method of the workers in a bee colony is, for example, a model in logistics processes, computer programmes and social networks.

Source: www.weltbienentag.de

Sustainable Easter with beeGoodies

Sustainable Easter with beeGoodies

Nature offers everything you need for a colourful Easter nest. Simply take a deep plate and line it with moss. From your own garden or collected on a walk. Instead of a plate, you can of course also make a nest out of beeGoodies.

The eggs can be dyed in fantastic natural shades with the following ingredients.

  • Red: beetroot or red onions
  • Yellow: turmeric and chamomile flowers
  • Green: spinach or nettles
  • Brown: Black tea, coffee or onion skins
  • Blue and purple: blueberries, lilac berries or red cabbage leaves

Most natural dyes are also available in powder form from the chemist if you don’t have them in the house.

If you are working with natural ingredients, boil them for 15 minutes in as much water as you need to cover the eggs you want to dye.

Rule of thumb: 3 cups of shells/greens or flowers to 1 litre of water, then skim off the flowers etc. and add the boiled eggs to the broth.

The longer the eggs remain in the water, the more intense the colour will be, so check the colour in between by lifting the eggs out of the water with a spoon. But shades of colour are also beautiful.

Additional effects

  1. with acid: dip a Q-tip in vinegar or lemon and dab patterns on the dyed egg, the colour is virtually removed again at these points.
  2. rub with bacon fat or oil: If you want your eggs to shine beautifully, put a little oil on a kitchen towel and rub the eggs with it.

Discount offer for your order www.bee-goodies.de/en/shop: Special15. You get 15 % off.

Welt der Wunder shoots with beeGoodies

Finally the time has come! Our film has been cut and is now online. So far you can watch it on the YouTube channel of Welt der Wunder:

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In the nearer future the film will also be shown on the TV channel Welt der Wunder.

We say THANK YOU to:

  • Nicole Martin from bed and breakfast am Dom in Schleswig. We were allowed to shoot the outdoor scenes in her wonderfully landscaped garden in the bright sunshine. If you want to enjoy the great atmosphere and a wonderful breakfast buffet, have a look here:
    http://www.bb-schleswig.de/
  • The great team of the Schleswiger Werkstätten (namely: Enrico Kleist and Marc Müller), who were totally flexible to our filming wishes at the Schleiwerk despite Corona restrictions. Enrico’s team – just called Willi by everyone – coats and packs the beeswax cloths for us. https://www.schleswiger-werkstaetten.de/
  • Sue Knapp from Welt der Wunder TV, who did a great job directing and was open to all ideas
  • Christoph, our cameraman, who was on duty for us on his birthday.

 

Sustainable Christmas Gifts

Sustainable Christmas Gifts

Once again, the Christmas season starts unexpectedly early and before you know it, it will be Christmas again.

If you are now confronted with the topic of gifts, as every year, and you need to start thinking about it, we have prepared some tips for you.

If the thought of a sustainable gift is all you think about, then we want to tell you that the external values of a gift are also important. We are talking about the packaging, which produces over 8000 tons of waste every year.

Tip 1: Wrap your gift in newspaper or used paper of any kind, this tip is well known, but many people don’t dare to wrap their gift in this way because it might end up being a bit stupid.

Tip 2: Use reusable cloth or packaging

Tip 3: Buy grass paper wrapping paper, that saves a lot of CO2!

Tip 4: Why do you still pack gift baskets in transparent plastic foil? Simply do not use any!

But above all it depends on the inner values of a gift!

Electronic items, clothes, decorations or short-lived toys are not exactly the most sustainable gifts, and pets are also an absolute taboo gift! – Why? Because things such as electronics or decoration are quickly out of use or break and clothes may not fit.

As inspiration we have the ecogift for you, a gift box that is sustainable and fair all around. With every box you give away, at least one tree is planted and several sustainable start-ups are supported.

Support the project by giving away an ecogift on:

https://www.startnext.com/ecogift

We are of course also in the box! And you can also use the glassine packaging bag as a lantern.

beeGoodies - Nachhaltige Weihnachtsgeschenke

We wish you a Happy Advent season.

cover picture: copyright: ecogift