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We have some exciting news here at GJ HQ, having recently adopted a bee hive with Black Mountain Honey. One of our print operatives (i won’t mention any names) did ask me where we were going to put it. I am not sure having 40 thousand bees in the factory would be very conducive to large format printing! Obviously, our friends at Black Mountain Honey will be looking after the hive and its inhabitants.
The UK population of honey bees has seen a huge decline over the last few decades. It isn’t just a few less jars of honey on the shelf. Honey bees are directly responsible for pollinating over 90 of our food crops worldwide. Albert Einstein famously said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Climate change, pesticides and intensive farming are all to blame in the steady decline of the humble honey bee. The good news is that over the last few years more and more farmers and artisan producers are setting up hives, like our friends at Black Mountain. There is still a long way to go in reversing the decline but it is still a step in the right direction.
Printed Aluminium Plaques for Bee Hive
Each bee hive that is adopted gets its own personalised plaque with their logo and website on it. GJ Plastics will be producing these plaques on their brand new Jetrix large format, direct to substrate printer. Each A4 size plaque is cut from premium aluminium composite sheet. The panel is then direct UV printed with water and sunlight resistant ink, giving you a vibrant, high quality print. Each uniquely printed plaque is then sent down to Laurence at Black Mountain Honey to be installed onto the front of the adopted hive.
Aluminium composite, often known as dibond, is the perfect material to use for this type of signage. It is very strong, durable and weatherproof, it is also light weight and relatively cost effective. The plastic core material is made from recycled plastic. Aluminium composite is now being more widely recycled by local councils.
Black Mountain Honey
Black Mountain Honey is located in Flintshire, just outside the lovely town of Mold. Having being founded by Laurence and Helen back in 2015. This family run business produce artisan honey products on a small but commercial scale. They pride themselves in producing top quality raw honey from their local bees. Each and every jar can be traced back to the individual apiary it came from. Why not try the online shop, stocked with jars, comb, wedding favours and even bees!
Why not think about adopting your own hive, with a simple all-inclusive annual subscription. You will receive your own honey, honey dippers, gift set, posters and certificate, along with the printed aluminium plaque, which will be securely fixed to your adopted hive. It’s a great way for any company, charity or organisation to support an artisan producer in not only producing a great healthy product but also improve and diversify habitats for all pollinator species.