Flow is about more than harvesting honey in a gentle way – we’re about creating community, educating on the importance of bees, and empowering beekeepers.
Bees are tiny environmental champions and we strive to follow in their footsteps by doing business in a regenerative, ethical and sustainable way.
The Flow Hive has inspired a swarm of new beekeepers with over 75,000 customers in 130 countries who are caring for these essential little pollinators.
Finding ways to make sure our company adheres to ethical and sustainable practices is incredibly important to us, so we were excited in 2018 to become a certified B Corporation.
B Corps meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability, using the power of business to create social and environmental solutions. We are proud to be part of this important movement and for our inclusion in the B Corp 2019 Best For The World list.
We’re doing well, but we believe we can do even better! That’s why we are making a commitment to net zero emissions by 2030. This is a really important step for the future of our home planet and why we’ve joined more than 500 B Corps from around the world making this commitment.
When it comes to manufacturing, we make sure that our products are made not only from the highest quality materials, but that they also have the smallest environmental footprint possible.
Our wood sourcing policy ensures forests are being looked after, with Flow Hives manufactured using quality timbers from sustainable sources. We work closely with our suppliers who are all Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified.Read more about our timber here.
What’s good for the bees is good for us and that’s why we choose organic cotton. Cotton for our organic textiles range is grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and no toxic chemicals are used in the fiber spinning and fabric weaving process. This is good news for the bees, the farmers and the makers, and for the beekeeping families wearing our Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified Toddler, Kids, and Adult Bee Suits, mesh veils and Flow caps.
We have always used 100% recycled or FSC certified packaging but for 2020 we still knew we could do better so are transitioning this year to no single use plastic in any of our products (stay tuned for the cutest cardboard screw and nail cartons ever!) We create recycled, natural and beautiful packaging for our Flow Hives and are excited to be moving towards sustainably sourced and biodegradable packaging for our accessories range.
Made from up-cycled Flow Hive 2 timber offcuts and sustainably sourced bamboo, our Pollinator House supports native pollinators and helps to raise funds for pollinator protection programs.
Designed to house native solitary bees, the Flow Pollinator House creates a home for native pollinators to nest in urban spaces.
100% of profits are donated to pollinator advocacy, protection and education.
So far, 11 amazing grass-roots projects have been funded, read about them here.
Our community support programs aim to inspire a thriving beekeeping community the world over. We’re delighted to have a range of different programs available to help educate and provide access to the fascinating world of beekeeping with Flow Hives.
Education & Research Institutes partnerships
Education Bundle for Schools
Flow Hives for Community
Research and education is vital to the survival of pollinators. Our programs support schools, universities, beekeeping clubs, and community gardens, organisations and charities with educational resources and beekeeping equipment so they can continue to do what they do best.
We believe that educating people about the importance of pollinators is vital work. We hope that these new beekeepers will be inspired to look for inventive and creative solutions to the plight of pollinators.
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Two-thirds of our food is dependent on the work of pollinators – without bees, our dinner plates would look very different!
It’s amazing how even one small change can have a ripple effect. We love hearing feedback from our Flow Community about how the simple act of keeping bees has inspired them and their neighbours and sometimes even their community, to reduce pesticide use, plant more pollinator friendly gardens and even to educate others about the importance of these incredible little creatures.
We see acting with consideration to the environment being as important to bees as it is to our existence – if we care for bees, they will look after us, and the honey we get to harvest really is a sweet bonus.