One of the side effects of manufacturing is that an inevitable percentage of waste is generated from unutilized timber panels and offcuts.
This got Cedar wondering about how he could come up with a way to repurpose these unused resources and to ultimately reduce our environmental footprint even further.
This concern inspired our Flow Pollinator House—a product that would increase awareness of the plight of all bees worldwide, reduce our manufacturing waste, and raise money for local grassroots pollinator protection projects.
Our Flow Pollinator house is created from a combination of repurposed Western Red Cedar timber offcuts & unused panels from our Flow Hive 2 and sustainably sourced bamboo. Each house is unique—some even contain a Flow logo or handle on the salvaged timber panels.
Specifically targeted towards solitary-nesting bees—which make up the majority of over 19,000 bee species worldwide—these cozy homes provide and encourage solitary-nesting pollinators to take up residence in your garden.
With bee numbers in decline due to habitat destruction, pollution of waterways, and increased use of chemical pesticides, having a pollinator house in your garden can help solitary-nesters by providing them with a cosy home to reside in and reproduce. It also helps to link together habitat corridors in urban spaces.
While supporting local pollinators is a great start, at Flow we strive to work on both local solutions and the 'big picture' issue of protecting and conserving habitat corridors for bees worldwide. Flow is proud to be donating 100% of profits from the sale of these houses to organizations hard at work protecting wild habitats all around the world.
We’re proud to have donated 100% of profits from the sale of our Flow Pollinator House to nine local grassroots pollinator projects in Australia and the United States. Read more about the projects we supported here.
Pollinators need large areas of habit to flourish – the more we can do to protect and conserve native habitats, the more opportunities these tiny environmental champions will have to do their important work.