Did you know, that bees are an essential part of human life?

They are the most important of all the pollinators but due to increased use of harmful pesticides, and decreased supply of nectar-rich vegetation in metropolitan areas, the world’s bee population is in alarming decline.

Even a small confined space such as a balcony or small roof terrace you can transform into a bee friendly micro garden, to attract a large number of bees and other pollinating insects. 

1. THE TRUE COST (Andrew Morgan, 2015) 

Our first recommendation is strictly related to the values we pursue in the fashion industry.

“The True cost" is a very interesting documentary that remind us of the importance of sustainability and fairness in the fashion industry.

If you’re interested in how fast fashion is affecting our planet’s health and wellbeing, this is a very good movie to become aware of it.

1. THE TRUE COST (Andrew Morgan, 2015) 

Our first recommendation is strictly related to the values we pursue in the fashion industry.

“The True cost" is a very interesting documentary that remind us of the importance of sustainability and fairness in the fashion industry.

If you’re interested in how fast fashion is affecting our planet’s health and wellbeing, this is a very good movie to become aware of it.

1. Plant a variety of flowers that bloom in every season

Ask your local gardening store for advice on which types of flowers grow well in your region for each season, and plant them strategically around your balcony to ensure that bees have a steady source of nectar all year. While most bees won’t be out and about during the winter months, there are a few bee species that can bear the cold weather and will find sustenance in your winter flowers.

Great sources of nectar are for example, bellflower, fan flower, verbena, vanilla flower and black-eyed susans.
 

2. Go pesticide-free

The chemicals in common pesticides are harmful to bees and should be avoided. Use organic fertilizer and stay away from toxic weed killers. 

3. Plant single petaled flowers & avoid hybridized varieties

Flowers that have a single row of petals generally contain much more nectar than those with multiple layers of petals.

4. Plant bee-friendly fruits & herbs

You can plant herbs, fruits and vegetables in addition to flowers, as many of them are rich in nectar as well. Not to mention there is nothing better than using your own oregano, savory, mint, rosemary and thyme in your cooking! Flowering veggies such as zucchini are bees’ favourites as well as sweet berries in the summer.

5. Designate a place for them to drink

Bees appreciate a place to gather and drink, especially in the summer. You can simply put out a bowl full of water on the balcony and they will drink from it.

By taking the time to create a bee hangout on your balcony, you are doing the environment a big favour and get to enjoy a fresh-smelling retreat every time you step outside. So start planting today your micro garden! 

5. HIDDEN IMPACT (Babette Porcelijn)

It is mesmerizing to see the impact that all our activities have on our planet, specialy when not all of it is visible. According to Babette Porcelijn - author, designer & environmental expert- 90% of the impact that our stuff has on the environment is actually hidden.

That’s why we recommend her book, The Hidden Impact, as she describes it: EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW AND THE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO LIVE AN ECO NEUTRAL LIFESTYLE. 

Full of interesting facts, this is highly recommended to anyone interested in what should our choices towards a more sustainable lifestyle be! You can find it on PDF on ThinkBigActNow page.

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