The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.

Sweetree are Selling Reusable Straws!

Written by Stephanie on March 14th, 2018.      0 comments

New Zealanders throw away 541 million straws each year and they are the most common items collected during beach clean-ups. A straw, that we use only once, can take 200 years to break down into tiny toxic particles that affect our precious oceans and sealife. You may have seen the YouTube clip of the poor turtle with a straw stuck up it’s nostril, it’s not nice!

The great news is that if you like using straws you don’t have to give them up! Just swap from plastic to stainless steel! These straws are incredibly durable, completely dishwasher/sterliser safe and can be used over and over.

We're excited to offer you the following straws:

Reusable Smoothie Straw Packs:
The reusable smoothie straws are used with thick drinks.  They are made wide, the diameter of the straw is 0.95cm, so it's the perfect size for your morning smoothie. 

Reusable Drinking Straw Packs:
The reusable drinking straws are great if you like drinking 'thin' liquids through a straw such as water, juices or lemon water.

Each pack comes with four stainless steel straws and one straw cleaner brush, but in case you want more brushes we also offer:

Cleaner Brush Pack:
Make cleaning your reusable metal straws even easier with these specialised straw cleaner brushes. Two brushes per pack.  Natural fibre, completely plastic-free, cleaning brush pack.  One size fits all.  Also useful for other little places like coffee machines and drink bottle!  More sustainable with compostable natural fibre bristles and highly recyclable stainless steel handle. 

CaliWoods Styled-324-16-695  CaliWoods Styled Smoothie -374-887

Purchase reusable stainless steel straws
Topics: Enviromental Plastic Free

Introducing a new Eco Dental Care Range!

Written by Stephanie on March 11th, 2018.      0 comments

Here at Sweetree Honey we are passionate about cutting back on plastic use, looking after our environment and minimising waste. We are in the process of adding a whole lot of new plastic free and environmental friendly products to our offering.  We are really excited to introduce you to our first range - eco dental care!

The new dental care range is brought to us by Nelson dentists who are passionate about reducing wastage in the dental industry.  It was essential that they sourced good products, products that were good for the user, while being better for the environment.   For every toothbrush sold one is given to a New Zealand child who doesn't have one. 

Eco Dental Care Offers:

Ecofloss - Bamboo Charcoal Dental Floss:  
This dental floss is 30m of candelilla waxed bamboo charcoal floss with natural mint flavour.  Stunning and possibly the most fabulous dental floss we have ever used.  This is a degradable bamboo charcoal floss with polyester base.  By degradable we mean it will break down faster that normal plastic materials but does this by breaking down into smaller parts.  It is slightly thicker which help remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth.  It may take a little getting used to being thicker, but it works wonders.

Ecofloss - Silk Dental Floss:  
Pure silk floss.  A little finer than the bamboo charcoal floss so easier to use if you have quite tight gaps between your teeth.

We love that not only is the floss biodegradable but that all floss comes in a recycled and recyclable glass bottle.  But even better is the bottle is reusable, just pop in a refill and it is good to go again.

Ecobrush - Painted Bamboo Toothbrushes (soft and medium):  

These toothbrushes are biodegradable, sustainable and beautiful.  The bamboo is organic and a renewable resource.  It will biodegrade completely, simply cut off the bristles and dispose of the handle in your compost, garden or general waste.  The painted handles make it easy to see whose is whose!

We love that for every brush bought one will be donated to a child in New Zealand that has no toothbrush!

Dental Floss Carcoal

Check out the eco dental care range today!
Topics: , Enviromental, Plastic Free

New Season Honey Extraction

Written by Stephanie on February 14th, 2018.      0 comments

The extraction of our first honey harvest for the season has started!  Have you ever wondered how honey gets from the hive into a liquid form?

The boxes of honey come in from the hives and the wax cappings are cut off the outside of each frame to allow the honey to flow out.  Manuka honey frames are need to be pricked because the honey is a lot thicker and jelly like, therefore harder to flow out of the cells without a little help.  The frames go into a spinner and all the honey is spun out and then coarsely filtered.  The beeswax is separated and the honey is then drummed off ready to be packed into jars.

Marokopa Spring honey frames wanting for extraction

Honey frames in extractor ready to be spun

Honey frames having honey spun out of them
Topics: , Bee Facts , Products

Honey Harvest has started!

Written by Stephanie on February 4th, 2018.      0 comments

It's that time of year again - honey harvesting!  If you didn't already know honey collection is seasonal.  Bees start to collect honey in spring time and then through to the end of summer.  We harvest Ohui honey first (around mid Jan) then not long after that Marokopa Spring (late Jan, early Feb). The other honeys are harvested later in March.  

 We've just spent this weekend harvesting Marokopa Spring honey.  The season hasn't great but we've harvested a bit more Marokopa Spring than we did last year so that's good.  Both Ohui and Marokopa Spring honeys will now be extracted and we'll be packing Marokopa Spring first, so it should be available for sale by early March.
Spring-Harvest-Busy-Bees              Spring-Harvest-Martin-with-frame 
Both the bees and Martin are working hard in the heat of summer
Frames of honey  

Boxes of Marokopa Spring off for extraction
Topics: , Bee Facts , Products

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