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Burt’s Bees began with the humble Honey Bee over 25 years ago. Beekeeper, Burt Shavitz met, artist, Roxanne Quimby when she was hitchhiking in Maine, USA. Roxanne became intrigued by his story of honey bees and together they created a booming candle business that over time became a leading global natural personal care brand. Pioneering a new approach to beauty, Burt and Roxanne started making beauty products from natural ingredients that harness the outstanding power of bees.

This June 2012, Burt’s Bees continue their collaboration with established Jewellery Designer Alex Monroe. Burt’s Bees and Alex Monroe have produced a special film to raise awareness for the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). The film shows Alex talking about the plight of the Honey Bee and his inspiration behind his unique Burt’s Bees design.  It’s a double Royal celebration as the film is launched on line in June when HRH Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.

Alex Monroe is renowned for taking his design influence from nature. His Bumblebee Necklace is now a classic and a firm fashion favourite. For the collaboration with Burt’s Bees, he specifically looked at a Honey Bee and crafted a design by hand with all his trademark detail.

“I was delighted to be asked to collaborate with Burt’s Bees to raise awareness of the plight of the bee, and we have made a great honey bee collection which is really unique. The British Bee¬keepers Association’s Adopt a Beehive project is the only scheme raising funds directly to support the honey bee, and the honey bee is such a vital pollinator, accounting for one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat, they were a natural choice for us to donate to. The popularity of our Bum¬blebee Necklace has meant that the humble Bee has played a major part in my business, so this really was the perfect opportunity to support the cause and give something back.”

Read our exclusive interview with Alex Monroe in Issue ‘A’.

BBKA/Adopt A Beehive
“Help to save honey bees, Adopt a Beehive”

The BBKA is a charity for beekeepers and their supporters. There are virtually no wild honey bees left in the UK so beekeepers are the guardians of these hardworking little creatures. Adopt a Beehive is the BBKA’s fund rais¬ing project and the only scheme in the UK which raises money and awareness specifically for the honey bee. All Adopt profits go towards applied research and education projects to help save the honeybee.

For more information on the BBKA, visit