As beekeepers, sustainability and environmental responsibility are at the very heart of what we do.
We've always been trailblazers, but now is the time for a clear path ahead. Working with sustainability experts we are in the process of developing a road map towards a lasting, positive impact on the health of people and our planet.
Here’s some of the ways we’re already doing this:
Caring for our bees is top priority, not just for our sake but for the entire ecosystem.
Our beekeeping team leads the way in sustainable beekeeping and we have a dedicated year round bee health program. Careful hive monitoring and placement ensures healthy beehives and plenty of top quality honey for both the bees and us (and you!).
We never overstock our beehives – advanced mapping technology allows us to measure the amount of Manuka flowers in an area so we know just how many beehives we can place for our bees to thrive.
During ‘non-Manuka’ season our beehives are placed widely across New Zealand where the bees have easy access to lots of flowering plants and can provide natural pollination to enrich the land and plant life.
NO antibiotics or hormones are ever used, and we use only organic weed control if needed to keep the area around the beehives clear.
Our beekeepers are experts in bee health and are proud to share their innovations with the wider beekeeping community for the benefit of bees and beekeepers everywhere.
Healthy land is vital for healthy bees, and for the future of our planet.
As beekeepers we understand the vital connection between the health of the land, the health of our bees, and the quality and sustainability of our products.
We consider ourselves guardians of the land and are committed to planting 5 million Manuka trees by 2025.
The Manuka tree is a wonderful regenerator of land, helping protect against erosion and enhance biodiversity.
Promoting the growth of native Manuka is an important part of what we do - our mutually beneficial partnerships with landowners means we can help restore marginal farmland back to native forest while supporting long term sustainable Manuka honey production.
We take our environmental responsibility seriously and never stop asking ‘how can we do better?’
We aim to reduce, reuse or recycle wherever possible and have onsite recycling for cardboard, glass, plastic, metal, wood and organic waste.
All orders from our website are packed in recyclable cardboard and paper packing/wrap.
Our jars are made here in New Zealand by Pharmapac (a Toitu Enviromark Diamond Accredited manufacturer and Operation Clean Sweep partner) from BPA-free recyclable plastic – we constantly assess packaging options and at this current time PET plastic remains the most sustainable packaging choice. It is 100% recyclable and has a lower carbon footprint than glass (glass is heavier and bulkier to transport and more difficult to recycle compared to plastic).
We choose to work with suppliers and partners who share our social and environmental values.
Our vehicles have been upgraded for fuel efficiency and lower emissions, and we only use helicopters when absolutely necessary to access remote areas to place our hives.
We only use water (no chemicals) to clean our honey equipment and worked with the local council to significantly reduce water usage by changing our process.
Rainwater is collected in underground tanks and used in our bathrooms.