Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) launched their Save the Bees campaign in 2011. In 2012 they created their Bee Lovely Range, and since have donated 3% of sales from the collection to bee conservation charities. This week, NYR have launched their parliamentary petition, calling for the government to set national targets for reducing pesticide use, decreasing toxicity levels and supporting farmers to adopt nature-friendly approaches to pest management.
In March 2022, in response to the temporary reauthorisations of the pesticide thiamethoxam as an emergency measure for the sugar beet crop by the government, Neal’s Yard Remedies co-founder Anabel Kindersley spearheaded the next phase of the Save the Bees campaign. With the support of over 55 British businesses and organisations, an open letter calling for the total ban on neonicotinoids was delivered to No10 Downing Street.
In June, NYR hosted a Bee Symposium, where environmental experts and industry leaders came together to discuss the devastating effects of toxic pesticides on wildlife, farming and pollinators. The panel and attendees explored tangible ways of working with nature to protect the UK’s population, and encouraged all businesses and organisations to use their voices and platforms to drive meaningful change.
Once the parliamentary petition gathers 100,000 signatures, the issues of cutting hazardous pesticides and supporting nature-friendly farming can be debated in parliament, and will help raise awareness among the public.
To show your support for the bees:
- ️ Sign the petition, here.
- Share the petition with your friends and family.
- Speak to your local MP about protecting pollinators.