As a designer, I’m a sucker for things that use design-thinking to improve upon a process or product that has been around for so long, people just put up with it, because ‘if it ain’t broke…’
Well, an Italian company called Beeing saw the traditional bee hive and thought it needed fixing, so they’ve introduced the B-box on indigogo as a ‘The game-changer for backyard or balcony beekeeping.’
Founded by a third-generation bee keeper, Beeing is a youthful company seeking to simplify the process of beekeeping to encourage a new generation to start harvesting. They believe that this can, in the long run, help sustain and increase the overall bee population.
The B-box is a beekeeping system designed for homes and urban environments, that makes harvesting honey and helping the bee population easy for anyone. One of the biggest changes to the traditional hive design is the ‘Bee Chimney’ which elevates the entrance/exit for the bees 7ft off the ground. No more need for the full body space suit!
The B-box also introduces a patent pending honey harvesting system that separates small portions of hive from the rest – mitigating stress to the have and over-harvesting.
With 80% of the world’s food supply needing assistance from these great pollinators, as well as declining bee populations due to environmental threats, it’s great to see innovative ideas helping spur conversation and action.