Prestigious sustainability award won by Welsh beekeeping farm
Cilgwenyn Bee Farm in Carmarthenshire was recently announced as the winner of the Rising Star Award for Specialty & Delicatessen Show Sustainability, because of its holistic approach to business after turning a disused coal mine into a brand new beekeeping farm and offering carbon neutral honey.
Based in Llangennech, Rhodri Owen and Richard Jones started their business in 2010 after raising bees for many years previously.
They now produce award-winning, delicious tasting Welsh artisanal honey from different parts of Wales, available to buy online.
However, at the heart of their business are their ethical and sustainability values ââto tackle climate change.
Over the years, they have implemented a number of initiatives to produce carbon neutral honey, including creating their own electricity from solar power and planting enough trees to make up for 30 years of producing honey. jars and lids.
They also give back to their community by training veterans for free to help fight. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“We are delighted to be recognized for our work”
Commenting on the price, Rhodri said:
âWe are delighted to be recognized for our work in favor of saving our planet. Sustainability and the environment are at the heart of our business plan.
“It was never and still is not about the money, but an unwavering belief in helping the environment and providing the public with high quality, honest and pure raw Welsh honey from beekeepers. .
âFor some time now, we have been concerned about the impact we have as a species on this planet which affects biodiversity, ecology and climate.
âWe’re all related, but we as humans create the biggest impact, and not always in a good way.
“We make sure to reduce our emissions by only using parts that are durable, we produce our own electricity and when we have to buy electricity, we only buy green energy,” Rhodri continued.
While being energy-sustainable, we also ensure that all of our products are supplied in recyclable materials.
âOur glass jars are made from 88% recycled materials, our steel lids are recyclable, while also being made from recycled materials and our labels and boxes are designed to be recycled again with a proportion of recycled materials.
âSo we are plastic-free, but there is energy used in their manufacture. To mitigate them, we plant trees on our own land to capture CO2 over a lifespan of 100 years.
âWe are planting many trees to ensure that we meet the needs of the business for many years to come.
âIn addition, by purchasing our Welsh honey, everyone is not only supporting agriculture and animal husbandry, but helping to reduce the risk of climate change.
This is facilitated by ensuring pollination because the diversity of plants guarantees their survival.
âThe more our raw artisanal honey is consumed, the more everyone contributes to reducing CO2, reducing plastics, reducing the effect of businesses on the climate and creating more natural pollinators,â Rhodri concluded.