VANCOUVER—Burt’s Bees Canada and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have expanded their Wild for Bees partnership by installing 16 built bee hotels across Canada, including three major bee hotels in downtown Vancouver.
This brings the total number of hotels to 21 since the Wild for Bees partnership began in 2014. National partners on this project include Pollinator Partnership Canada and Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building (Sustainable.TO), a Canadian architecture firm. Sustainable.TO led the design and construction of the bee hotels nationwide, while Pollinator Partnership Canada provided strategic guidance and expertise on pollinator health. In Vancouver, Hives for Humanity built the bee hotel the Fairmont Waterfront will host.
“Solitary bees are a critical part of sustainable urban food production and habitat loss is a real impediment to bees’ ability to pollinate much of the food that we rely on across Canada,” said Jane Mackie, VP, Fairmont brand. “By building more than a dozen luxury bee hotels from coast to coast, we are doing our part to build a more sustainable world.”
For more than a decade, through its Bee Sustainable initiative, which is part of the luxury hotel brand’s larger Fairmont Sustainability Partnership program, Fairmont has committed itself to improving the overall health and conservation of bee species globally, and has built more than 20 apiaries and eight pollinator bee hotels at properties around the world.
For the fourth year running, Burt’s Bees has spearheaded Wild For Bees in support of solitary pollinator bees. While bees are undoubtedly a key component of the company’s success—95% of its products contain beeswax or honey—it is the role bees play in the continued health of the ecosystem that spurred the company into action.
“Solitary bees don’t make honey, but they do play an incredibly vital role in ensuring that we have fresh, nutritious food to eat all year round and that’s something that is very important to each and every one of us,” said Carolyn Hungate of Burt’s Bees Canada. “Pollination is a beautiful thing, and as an all-natural beauty company, we want to help ensure that we safeguard our natural world. We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue working as a team with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and other partners to build bee hotels across Canada, all in the name of bee health.”