Organic honey in a circular bottle

Our new organic honey, in a 100 % recycled PET squeeze bottle, which in its turn is also 100 % recyclable. That’s quite a mouthful. And why are we – and hopefully you too – so happy about it? A word of explanation.

First and foremost: what is so special about this squeeze bottle? By now, we’re all aware of the fact that PET bottles are recyclable. Single use plastics are rapidly becoming persona non grata, and rightly so. It’s equally promising that even ‘big’ companies are surfing this wave.

But we’re not quite there yet. Not all of us, anyway. Way too often PET still ends up in the general waste bin… In this way it cannot be recycled (yet) as it should be, which is a shame as the material lends itself perfectly to recycling. That is why we had our new squeeze bottle composed of 100 % recycled PET (PCR, or Post-Consumer Resin) which, after its content is ‘drained’, can be recycled again. Where ever possible we like to contribute to the sustainabilization of society. And you just have to admit: isn’t a full circle a thing of beauty?

On top of that, PET has the extra ecological advantage of being lighter than glass, which makes a difference in the carbon footprint upon transportation.

And happy beekeepers as well!

This delicious, liquid organic honey can now be easily dosed thanks to, indeed, the PET squeeze bottle. Say goodbye to any dripping and spilling risks. The honey itself comes from our partner cooperation UCASA in Nicaragua. An extraordinarily proactive and constructive collective of farmers and beekeepers.

The Union of Cooperatives Agropecuarias del Sauce assembles 10 small cooperations, all Organic and Fair Trade certified. Their artisanal honey is completely natural. The organization puts its members’ products on the international market and offers intensive coaching in diversifying crops. By not focusing exclusively on honey, income security increases. UCASA also supports the social and economical wellbeing of its members. For example:

  • Mechanization Service: agricultural machines for preparing the soil
  • Marketing Service: a certified factory for exporting honey with Organic certification and FLO-CERT
  • Cyber Service: a room where members, children of partners and residents of El Sauce have access to internet, xerox and other services
  • Shop: the sale of grocery products
  • Technical advice to its partners about beekeeping and oilseeds (sesame) in order to guarantee a high quality product and obtain certification

Together, the beekeepers manage 4.000 castes and produce 81 tons of honey on a yearly basis.

But… don’t we have beekeepers of our own?

A just question: why on earth would you ship honey all the way from Nicaragua? In the heydays of the short food chain, when every food mile is scrutinized, this may not seem like the best option if contributing to a more sustainable planet is high on your list. Or is it? Allow us to add a couple of nuances. Even though food miles are indeed a valid parameter for considering your purchases, other factors are of great importance as well.

Earlier, our colleague Tom Ysewijn wrote a strong piece for MO* Magazine. Moreover, the European demand for honey is greater than our own supply. We import honey mainly from China and to a far lesser extent from Mexico.

In the case of Nicaraguan honey, for example, it is in particular the beekeepers who need this support. They simply cannot sell their products (enough) in their own country. Honey is a typical product for middle class purchasing power, which is now lacking in Nicaragua. As honey is the main and necessary source of income for the beekeepers, they are dependent on its export.

This honey reaches us by boat and we, as buyers in the West, desire the importer to make use of sustainable transportation. Apart from that, we support initiatives to help make sea transportation ecologically responsible, climate-neutral and sustainable.

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