At Bette, we pay attention to a conscious use of natural resources: we manufacture from the natural materials glass and steel. All our bathroom products are produced exclusively at our own site in Delbrück and are 100% recyclable. We generate 2/3 of our energy requirements with regenerative sources when the sun is shining. In addition, we have decided to actively encourage nature and biodiversity.
From the left: Bernhard Hessel (Beekeeping association Delbrück), Hubert Sprick (Chairman Beekeepers' Association), Patrick Sandbothe (Sustainability Officer Bette)
Our company is surrounded by fields and forests of the Delbrücker Land. It is important to us to maintain the diversity of species in this landscape. That is why we have been working together with the Delbrück Beekeepers' Association since the end of last summer. Together with them we have settled four bee colonies on the company's premises and we would like to sow more flowering meadows.
From their sheltered, sunny place, the bees are already swarming through the surrounding meadows and forests, pollinating flowers and thus making an important contribution to the ecological balance. Bees are necessary for many plants to survive. So we are not only helping the bees. We also help nature.
Any more questions?
Here you can find everything you always wanted to know about bees.
How do I recognise a honeybee?
There are nine species of honeybees worldwide. Honeybees differ from wild bees, mainly in the fact that honeybees live in hives in large colonies, while wild bees generally nest as solitary bees in nature. The western honeybee is brown-black. Its chest is hairy and the abdomen has light and dark stripes. This makes it clearly distinguishable from the wasp, whose abdomen is black and yellow in colour.
Honeybees have a fascinating body that can do a lot: With their hind legs, they collect pollen and with their wings they cannot only fly at an average speed of 24 km/h, they can even generate heat or cool the hive. Their compound eyes enable them to see ultraviolet light. In return they are red-blind and perceive the colour red as black.
How do honeybees live?
Honeybees live in a bee colony. At peak season, in early summer, a colony comprises of up to 50,000 bees and consists of a queen, workers and drones. While the workers are busy cleaning, guarding and collecting, the drones' only life task is to fertilise a queen. Together they form the super-organism "Bee", whose sole purpose is to ensure the survival of the colony and its offspring.
Working bees, with the exception of winter bees, live on average about 35 days.
How is honey made?
The worker bees collect the nectar from flowering plants or the honeydew from coniferous trees and store it in their honey bubble. Back in the beehive they store the harvest in combs, which are then processed by the hive bees. The bees are so industrious that a beekeeper can harvest honey up to four times a year.
How much honey does a bee produce?
A worker bee produces barely two teaspoons of honey. For two pounds of honey, a colony of bees has to fly to 2 million flowers, covering a total distance of about 88,000 kilometres.
How can you help the honeybee?
Every single one of us can become beekeepers and support our honeybees very easily. Measures to protect the bees are usually not costly and have a great effect:
In our gardens and on our balconies, for example, we can plant bee-friendly flowers that provide food for our bees.
Those who do not have a garden can become active in urban gardening all over Germany.
It also helps to support the local beekeepers' association, for example by buying honey from local beekeepers.