Sweetree honey and bee pollen are fuelling and keeping him healthy as he trains for the Olympic trials coming up. We wish you the very best Daniel with the up and coming trials & regattas!
Photo of Daniel on a very early morning row
With its wonderful diverse floral sources the Waikato produces some sensational honeys! Sweetree Honey is a true reflection of the Waikato's flora. Much like a great wine reflects the terroir of where the grapes have grown, Sweetree Honey’s different varieties reflect the area and season the bees worked their magic. From the light and creamy coloured honey of the Four Brothers Reserve with an almost caramel flavour to the more peppery Marokopa Summer - there is a Sweetree honey to suit all tastes and occasions.
Unblended honeys are not new, but the fact that Sweetree’s honeys are not based on a single flower source but the local area and season make our approach unique. One of the things Martin learned as a hobbyist beekeeper is that you can deliver sensational honey from a small number of hives. It’s all about the nearby floral sources and how you process that honey. For this reason we choose our sites carefully. Each apiary location has its own special nuance and character and this is reflected in the honey when you come to taste it. We love that on our back doorstep, the Waikato, there is a wonderful diversity and range of honey tastes to be had.
We enjoy offering customers the ‘taste’ of a location. Customers often comment they love that our honey can bring back memories of a special place to them whether it’s Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo, Marokopa, Four Brothers Reserve or The Hakarimata Ranges. Children also love they can eat a honey from somewhere they connect to.
Avoid pre-packaged items
Use cloth alternatives
It's best to be prepared in advance, then you never get caught out. Have a kit set up in your car ready to go! I've set up a kit that has:
Plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use just for a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever. They break up rather than break down (becoming permanent pollution), and they are either unrecyclable or down-cycled (made into low-grade products for just one more use). When sent to the landfill they can escape from bins and trucks to end up in our waterways and the ocean.
Alarmingly scientists predict that there will be more tonnes of plastic in the ocean than tonnes of fish by 2050! Imagine the impact on our food chain! Every bit of plastic ever made still exists and in the first 10 years of this century, the world economy produced more plastic than in the entire 1900's!!
Sweetree and our household will be taking the challenge again, it will be trickier for us this year as we will be travelling overseas for much of July. There is a lot of wastage when travelling so we'll be taking our own reusable water bottles, coffee cups, Ethique hair and body bars, honeywraps, etc so we can say no to plastic along the way.
We've taken this challenge every year for the past few years and it's made a big difference to our waste. We took baby steps at the start, which seemed hard at the time but now we (Sweetree and our household combined) only put out 1 paper rubbish bag about once every 6 weeks or so.
We store food in glass jars and containers, use old biscuits tins for baking, stainless steel drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, use reusable bags when shopping, take our own containers to the butcher, we've ditched liners in our rubbish bins and use paper rubbish sacks, use Honeywraps instead of plastic food wrap, use stainless steel straws, shampoo, face and body bars, etc. We have a kit in the car with containers, cutlery, fabric serviettes, etc for when have takeaways (which is very infrequent). We love some plastic free products so much we now sell them for you to also enjoy, check them out on our online store!
All our honey is stored in glass jars, we don't use plastic frames in our beehives, our propolis is in glass bottles, we offer bee pollen in glass jars, we've always used paper bags instead of plastic at the markets, we're avoiding plastic in our production and product deliveries. Any soft plastic (eg from pallets of jars, etc) get recycled into outdoor furniture. But we can always do better!
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