We understand that as a Vegan, the use of any product containing beeswax is a challenge.  We were therefore delighted when committed Vegan, Ezgi wrote the following piece. As a company, we pride our authenticity and integrity in terms of commitment to making sure we nurture and protect the environment  and actually support the economy globally through our purchasing policy.

 

Bees wax

 

Enjoy this read and thank you Ezgi for sharing your views: 

"From a typical vegan standpoint, both beeswax and honey are not allowed to be used or eaten. The main concerns are regarding the welfare of the bees. Large scale companies and bee-keepers often have little concern for the welfare of the bees with injuries incurred when the artificially inseminated bees are shipped in from suppliers through the usual main channels, an especially harsh travel.

Such bee-farmers, in order to prevent hostility from the hive towards outside interference, kill the queen every two years. Naturally, the bee could live up to three times as long. In order to keep productivity high, many hives and bees are lost in winter, due to being burned down, exposure or culling. Living in the frames also curtails worker bees' freedom of movement between hives, which raises environmental concerns as bees have an extensive impact into the local ecosystem. To conclude the evident cruelty, both in large and small-scale farming, it is commonplace for bees to be crushed between frames and under foot.

As somebody who follows a vegan lifestyle, the use of beeswax in Made for Life Organics products was originally a concern. However, Made for Life Organics sources its beeswax in a way that is natural, organic, and ethical.

The manner of harvesting the wax does not damage the bees in any way, and the importation massively helps the local people in Cameroon. The beekeepers create hives from a framework of bamboo covered in grass. They hang them up in trees (see photo), and a swarm soon arrives and occupies the hive. The bees, as they would normally, begin work, some secreting beeswax and others using this to build combs.

Within a few months, the hive is heavy, full of honeycombs and ready to crop. It is free from chemical residues since it comes from beekeepers using traditional methods in the forest far from sources of pollution or intensive agriculture, and the beekeepers do not use antibiotics or other medicines.

Most of the forest trees produce abundant nectar and pollen, which supports a huge number of bee colonies. Finally, the people in Africa responsible for providing this beeswax are supported with money more than the Fairtrade requirements to keep the community thriving. I myself am proud to use Made for Life products."