How Tees for Bees Started
Tees for Bees was founded by Kelly, a Candian mechanical-engineer-turned-corporate-marketer-turned-entrepreneur. Kelly wanted to start a business that aligned with her passion for nature and conservation. And thus, Tees for Bees was born.
"If we want to help nature, I believe we should start with the bees."Kelly Butler
Bee populations have been on the decline since the late 1990s. This decline is troublesome because bees are deeply connected with many ecosystems, and they pollinate 80% of all flowering plants, including most of the crops we eat.
The declining bee population is also representative of a much larger issue: the destructive effects that we as human beings are having on nature as a whole.
The planet, as a whole, is an ecosystem. Plants, animals, and humans rely on each other for survival. If one species declines or becomes extinct, this has an effect on the whole ecosystem.
Bees play a crucial role as pollinators. Without pollinators, many plant species (including fruit and other crops) die out. Animals who rely on those plants for survival die out. The knock-on effect of losing pollinators is so immense, it's hard to imagine what the end result would be!
So, How Can WE Help?
Tees For Bees create a buzz about saving the bees with some funky tee shirts and other merchandise. We aim to bring the cause to the mainstream and to raise awareness among groups that would not usually be knowledgeable about bees and pollinators (aka the majority of the population).
Tees for Bees Contributions
Those of you who have been with us for some time will know we used to donate 10% of profits to Bee City Canada.
In April 2020, in an attempt to be more transparent, we have decided to change our donation structure from 10% of profits, to $2 from every item sold in our store (at least!) to our friends at Bee City to support the work they're doing to save the bees.
We have also set a target of US$12,000 for 2020. US$1,000 for each month of the year. This is an ambitions target, but we're up for the challenge😁!
Through our Ambassador Program, We also participate in community outreach projects and educating young children.
In early 2020, Kelly had to make the tough choice to leave Tees for Bees behind for other career opportunities. Enter Matt...
Matt is from South Africa but has been living as a nomad since 2016. Matt currently lives between Europe and South East Asia.
“I'm blown away by the brand, and community Kelly has created. I'm excited to be involved with Tees for Bees and continue to build the brand.”
“I believe it is our responsibility as business owners to help social and environmental causes—both financially and by providing skills and resources.”
“I want to grow the business so that we're able to make a real difference through charitable donations and education through our social channels.”
“I have some big plans for 2020, so make sure you follow us through our social channels and sign up to our mailing list in the footer of our site 🙂.”