JACKON, the manufacturer of the extruded polystyrene-based JACKOBOARD solutions for tiling, joined with The Bee Centre, Lancashire, in marking UN World Bee Day last week.
JACKON kicked off a campaign to support The Bee Centre in 2019 with a donation of 200 beehives to help the Centre’s work. With a retail value, including all accessories, of up to £250 each, the beehives are to be used in starter kits for school environmental projects. This original initiative helped JACKON win the TTA Award for Best Environmental Initiative last year.
With lockdown now easing, school and community initiatives linked to the Bee Centre project are getting underway again, and a number of new events and partnerships are in the pipeline. Every donated beehive provides a valuable home for a swarm of bees and helps the Centre in its educational work.
The purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping and inform the public of major beekeeping events around the world
The central message is that bees, as well as being major pollinators, ensuring food and food security, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, also significantly contribute to the mitigation of climate change and environmental conservation. In the long term, the protection of bees and the beekeeping sector can help reduce poverty and hunger, as well as preserve a healthy environment and biodiversity.
These messages resonate with JACKON – a highly environmentally conscious manufacturer, which has always sought to reduce the environmental impact of its production processes. Energy efficiency, sustainability and waste reduction are guiding principles of the business.
With its support for The Bee Centre, JACKON has made explicit the link between its products and the environment. The beehives that it is donating are manufactured by JACKON from the company’s own polystyrene bead. They will last a lifetime and provide better insulation than timber alternatives in the winter.
More information regarding bees, pollinators and the work of the Bee Centre can be found on their new website at: www.TheBeeCentre.org.