Save the bees

Here at Clean & Pure we have chosen to support environmental issues, primarily Bee Conservation. Since 1909, 20 bee and wasp species have gone extinct in Britain. We are donating 10% of our profits to a small independent organisation, who are seeking to expand their work in the study of the Varroa mite and breed “hygienic” bees.  We can equip beekeepers with a hive, frames, foundation, lens, and microscope for around £350.

In addition, we will be gifting seeded paper with every purchase from Clean & Pure, the paper is recycled and contains a mix of flower seeds. The UK has experienced extinctions and declines in abundance, biomass, and distribution of insects. Of the 2430 GB insect species assessed by Natural England, 55 have gone extinct and 286 (11%) are threatened. It is thought intensive farming is suspected to one of the main contributing factors, along with losing 140,000 miles of hedgerow, 40% ancient woodlands and a horrifying 97% of wildflower meadows since the Second Word War.

Read more here: UK Insect Decline (parliament.uk)

March to June is the optimum time for planting the seeded paper, it will last a couple of years if the time is not right.

  1. Get yourself a sowing tray or pot and fill with compost – preferably peat-free!
  2. Place the seed paper on top and cover with a light layer of compost.
  3. Water well.
  4. Place the pot somewhere warm and light to germinate.
  5. Always keep the paper moist – important!
  6. Once the seedlings are well established you can then transfer the whole lot to a bigger pot and grow on.  Or you can individually remove each seedling and grow on in lots of small pots.
  7. When big enough – plant out in the garden or plant into patio pots.