Bees are disappearing globally, due to habitat loss and modern industrial farming methods. Being among the most important pollinators, as it is estimated that one-third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees.
Additionally, honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees. As the state of their population becomes growingly alarming, people have started to seek innovative ways to find a solution.
Yet, have you ever thought you can alleviate this issue from the comfort of your home? What’s more, what if you could do so by decorating your living space?
Well, BEEcosystem has found a way, by creating their innovative wall-mounted observation hives. You can now mount these amazing beehives wherever there is a nearby window in your home.
Designers Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle created the observation hives to give us the opportunity to personally contribute to fixing the bee population problem.
“We feel the BEEcosystem hive can add tons of value to eco- and agri-tourism businesses. And the Ambassador Program will allow more of those businesses to purchase our product without having to have someone in-house manage the hive—this network will also help to educate the next generation of beekeepers, and greatly increase the reach of our social impact.”
Their hexagonal, honeycomb style is completely safe even for novice bee-keepers.
Co-founder Mike Zaengle adds that their product is suitable for residential, urban living:
“BEEcosystem works well for renters because it features a window exit unit that fits into practically any sliding window. There’s a tube that the bees crawl through to get outside to fly, then they return through it to get back to the hive. You don’t have to drill a hole in your wall; you just need to mount a bracket. It’s very non-invasive.
This will be the first display hive we know of that will ship with the colony of bees already installed. With other hives, the beekeeper purchases a package of bees that are delivered through the mail, and then pours them into the hive—which can be very intimidating for a first-time beekeeper! With BEEcosystem, your hive installation is simplified.”
They offer an opportunity to watch the hard-working insects creating honeycomb and beeswax while contributing to their survival.
The main goal of the product is to bring people and bees closer together and strengthen this bond. Unlike other indoor observation beehives, these ones are scalable, flexible, and come with a simple wall mounting bracket and a plug-in tube.
According to BEEcosystem’s website:
“From our design perspective, we wanted to create an observation hive that intentionally provokes meaningful conversations about honeybees, especially engaging non-beekeepers and non-agricultural experts. In deliberately differing BEEcosystem from existing styles of observation hives, we celebrate a fusion of old and new ideas in apiculture: an emergent hive form, with a familiar removable top-bar hive frame functionality.
Beginning in 2014, we prototyped and field-tested the expandable top-bar observation hive design for 2 years, overwintering in the 4-season climate of central Pennsylvania, USA, before beginning to sell the BEEcosystem hive commercially in Spring 2017.
With a slim wall-mounted profile that can be incorporated into nontraditional beekeeping spaces and new kinds of observation displays, each BEEcosystem unit or “HexHive” box contains six top-bar frames from which bees build foundationless comb.”
So, do you find the pragmatic design of these beehives convenient for the interior of your home?
The BEEcosystem is an innovative way to combat bee decline
Bees are critical pollinators
It is important to provide them a place to thrive
You can mount these beehives inside your home
They can be put outside your home, too
This hive can grow along with your colony inside
The diligent insects come inside through secure tubing that fits through any window
These beehives serve as a ‘cat flap’ for bees
While enjoying the comfort of your home, you can watch your busy bees at work
You support the environment as their colonies expand
The Swedish company IKEA is always leading in terms of initiation and creativity when it comes to their projects.
Namely, this company worked hard to raise awareness about the plight in Syria, had an environmental-friendly project that uses mushroom-based packaging that decomposes within weeks, have a furniture business which is progressive, and much more.
Forbes ranks IKEA’s brand as the 46th most valuable on the planet (at $11.9 billion) and annual revenues are just shy of $40 billion, gained from its 345 stores in 42 different countries. The company has a customers-first purpose and a customers-first business plan, and it also instituted the “Human Resource Idea.”
According to this business magazine:
“In this day and age, an organization ought to commit to delighting its customers, remembering why the organization exists in the first place. If there are no customers, there is unlikely to be an organization. If there is no organization, somewhat obviously there are no roles.
Put simply, if the organization does not delight its customers—the people it ought to be working for—neither team members nor the organization can reach the sweet spot for there will be a damaged organization left remaining to carry out its mission.
This Swedish company—formed in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad—continues to demonstrate the mantra of always putting customers first and subsequently impressing them. There is no other or ulterior motive at IKEA. It has continued to dedicate itself to value and service, always in appreciation for—and solely intended to delight—its customer base.”
Now, IKEA has released open source plans for The Growroom, which is a large, multi-tiered spherical garden designed to sustainably grow enough food to feed a neighborhood.
IKEA made these plans free for people to be able to invest and create such a garden in their neighborhood. The instructions comprise of 17 steps, and one only needs metal screws, plywood, rubber hammers, and diligence to finish the project.
According to the Huffington Post, the instructions can be downloaded for free and guide the builder through the steps. Users need to cut the plywood pieces to size and then visit a local workshop where the wood can be professionally cut.
The Growroom is the brainchild of Space10, based in Denmark. The company explains:
“Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model. It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment, and educates our children of where food actually comes from. … The challenge is that traditional farming takes up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.
The Growroom …is designed to support our everyday sense of well being in the cities by creating a small oasis or ‘pause’ architecture in our high paced societal scenery, and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants. The pavilion, built as a sphere, can stand freely in any context and points in a direction of expanding contemporary and shared architecture.”
Source: www.healthyfoodhouse.com , wisemindhealthybody.com
How far can humans go to satisfy their vices? Our immoral tendencies and desires to control everything around us are revealed in the countless times we have subjected animals and our environment to brutal and unethical actions.
We live in a delusion that we are omnipotent, and we possess the planet we inhabit, but we are on the wrong track.
Animals rights activists and organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) have been objecting to the practice of the world-famous fashion designer Louis Vuitton to use of crocodile skins in its products.
They have exposed the cruel conditions at the crocodile farms on numerous occasions.
In 2017, PETA bought a significant stake in Louis Vuitton’s parent company, the French luxury goods retailer Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, LVMH, to get access to shareholder meetings and question executives about their business practices of using exotic animal skins in the production of leather goods and clothes.
Ingrid Newkirk, the president of Peta, wrote:
“Every Peta exposé of the exotic-skins industry has found sensitive living beings crammed into filthy pits, hacked apart, and left to die. From demonstrating on the street to speaking up in the boardroom, Peta will push LVMH to stop selling any bag, watchband, or shoe made from a reptile’s skin.”
The constant pressure made LVMH promise to change its policy and ensure a “responsible supply” of crocodile skins. Its new attitude would allegedly ensure “the preservation of the species and the respect of local communities”, animal well-being, working conditions on the farms and the protection of the environment.
This announcement did not convince PETA, which stated:
“LVMH’s assurances of “responsibly-supplied” crocodile skin are tosh, given that it will apparently take the company nearly two years to get around to ensuring pretty much nothing.
Most importantly, the standard won’t prevent the worst of the cruel practices: the method of slaughter, which consists of cutting the back of the crocodile’s neck and thrusting a metal rod down the live animal’s spine, causing unimaginable agony.”
The PETA spokesperson also spoke about the promise of other fashion designers like Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, and Diane von Furstenberg, to stop turning “exotic animals into fashion accessories.”
Some of the fashion accessories on Louis Vuitton’s website are sold for as much as £31,000.
LVMH stated that they will start treating the animals with compassion while they are killed, but did not specify the way the entire process has changed.
A video recorded in Vietnam during a PETA investigation exposed the horrors that happen on reptile farms, where crocodiles are raised and killed to make “luxury” leather bags. According to a farm owner, two of the farms supply skins of these reptiles to Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH, and “some of the biggest brands.”
The sufferings revealed will leave you speechless.
Crocodiles are initially electroshocked, so that workers can catch them, and move them to the farms, where they live in concrete walls and dirt water for up to 15 months, waiting to be slaughtered.
Then, workers attempt to kill them by cutting into their necks and ramming metal rods down their spines, while the poor reptiles shake vigorously.
Afterward, they cut and pull off their skin, often while the poor animals are still moving and bleeding.
According to PETA, a reptile expert who watched the footage stated that “the neck incisions would have been very painful and inhumane,” and “There is no probability that these animals ‘died instantly.”
PETA and other animal rights organizations are still fighting against this practice, as they suspect that LVMH will improve animal standards and attitudes.
The charity website campaigns:
“PETA has exposed cruelty at reptile farms on three continents, and the story is always the same: grim, close confinement and violent death. Before buying items made out of exotic skins like these, please stop and think of the animals they come from and their intense suffering. Don’t support this cruelty with your purchases.”
The video has now gone viral, and after the initial shock, people are taking action and have started a petition to urge LVMH to stop the horror these animals are subjected to.
While the internet has no doubt made holiday shopping a zillion times easier, it's clear that the most wonderful time of the year is pretty hectic for delivery people. Recently, a woman named Kathy Ouma wanted to do her part for the men and women who drop off her family's packages, so she left them a basket of snacks and drinks on the porch. While the concept alone is certainly sweet, Kathy used her Ring doorbell to capture a delivery man's reaction to finding the treats, and it's the epitome of pure.
Kathy even typed up a note to the delivery drivers, which read: "Please take some goodies to enjoy on your route. Thank you for making holiday shopping easy." And while we don't know who this particular delivery man is, we are instant fans of his upbeat attitude.
As you can see in Kathy's video, he becomes visibly excited upon seeing the basket of snacks. "Oh, this is nice!" he says. "Ah, they got some goodies! Wow! Oh, this is sweet! Oh, wow, get out of here!"
Obviously, his reaction — along with a final celebratory dance — is everything. Since Kathy shared the video to Facebook on Dec. 2, it's amassed 2.4 million views. How's that for a little holiday cheer?!
This is a world full of opposites, day vs. night, black vs. white, pleasure vs. pain, beautiful vs. ugly, strong vs. weak, good vs. bad.
Even though we might experience it, we should always strive to defeat evil. When other people treat you poorly, walk away, smile and keep being you.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to remain untouched when someone offends or harms you. Yet, try hard to resist the temptation to become like them, as you should never let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are.
People will continuously try to bring you down due to their own insecurities. Remember, bad people are sad people. Do not let them steal your purity and joy.
It takes strength and courage to be yourself even after being hurt many times, but if it makes you feel good when making others happy, why change? Negative people would not be able to rob you of your goodness, if you are determined to be good to everyone.
Also, don’t regret being a good person, even when others are not noticing your efforts. At some point, your good deeds will no longer go unnoticed and someone will appreciate you.
We all change to a certain extent, as we go through some hard or good times, and sometimes, these changes are good. Let yourself change in the sense that you gain knowledge, and live this life to the fullest. Grow up, meet new people, and experience new things.
Believe there is good and stand strong to make the world a better place.