Bees crisis - bees actually clean and reuse their honeycomb!

February 09, 2018

Bees crisis - bees actually clean and reuse their honeycomb!

We have already written a post about honey, now for beeswax.

Beeswax is used in lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, and moisturizers; and in cosmetics such as eye shadow, blush, and eye liner and is apparently obtained by melting a honeycomb with boiling water and then straining and cooling it.  Bees must consume 3 kilos or more of honey to make 0.5 kilo of wax.

How and why do they make wax? – Apparently the 8 glands of the worker bees convert the sugar contents of honey into wax, which oozes through the bee's pores to produce tiny flakes of wax (scales) on their abdomens. Workers chew these pieces of wax until they become soft and able to be moulded, and then add the chewed wax to the honeycomb construction. The honeycomb is used as a nest for the larvae and to store the pollen and honey.  The bees even clean and reuse it as it ages.  So clever!

Vegans will avoid products containing beeswax and honey because they are animal by products and out of respect for the bees - there is an ethical view that humans are stealing something that isn’t theirs (much like milk).

And, of course, this is all tied into the issue of abuse of bees by unethical bee keepers who put profit before animal welfare.

If you are going to eat honey or use beeswax - there are organic, ethical bee farms who ensure that there is plenty of wax and honey left for the bees. 

As porze makes cruelty-free, vegan products, we have made the decision to leave bees wax alone and will seek viable alternatives (e.g. sustainably harvested carnuba wax or candelilla wax) when the time comes.

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If you are interested in finding out more on this topic, PeTA wrote a full report which you can find here.


Thank you to Hunter Trahan for the photo