Napier students wrapped it’s Bee Aware Month


Napier students wrapped it’s Bee Aware Month

Students from Napier Intermediate marked Bee Aware Month by making sustainable beeswax food-wraps using beeswax from local Hawke’s Bay hives.

On Thursday 12 September, representatives from local apiary business, Comvita Kiwi Bee, held a practical beeswax food-wraps making session with 30 Year 7 students.

Comvita Kiwi Bee provided all the material required to make the wraps, including beeswax from its own Hawke’s Bay hives, cotton fabric, baking paper and irons.

As part of the lesson, the students learnt about honey, the different roles bees play in the hive, and how through pollination, bees contribute to the natural environment.

Comvita Communications Advisor, Emma Schuler, says sustainable beeswax food-wraps are a great alternative to cling film for wrapping school lunches in, as they’re reusable and compostable.

“They’re a product parents can feel good about. It’s estimated one beeswax food-wrap, if used daily, can save up to 75 meters of plastic from going to landfill,” Miss Schuler says.

As part of Bee Aware Month this September, Comvita is hosting a series of free practical beeswax food-wrap making classes throughout the North Island, visiting schools and community groups.

Miss Schuler says Comvita has helped save 177km of cling film from landfill over the past year, by teaching more than 1,000 New Zealanders how to make 2,300 beeswax food-wraps using wax from company hives.

“The sessions also provide the opportunity to educate New Zealanders young and old about the amazing natural products bees make in the hive, and their range of uses.”

Organised by Apiculture New Zealand, Bee Aware Month aims to get New Zealanders thinking about honey bees and their contribution to biodiversity and the economy. This year’s Bee Aware Month theme is Love Our Bees.