You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love honey for something– drizzled over a toasted English muffin, spooned in to a yogurt parfait, paired with a hot beverage, or an other number of treats and even supposed medicinal uses. There are more than 120,000 beekeepers in the United States, tending millions of honey producing bee colonies– some as commercial farmers, others are hobbyists, out to cultivate the “golden goodness” in their backyards. Across the industry, plastics are increasingly being used to make beekeeping tools. Prized for their durability and versatility, you can find plastics being used in quite a few beekeeping tools. In honor of National Honey Bee Day, we rounded up a few examples that have beekeepers abuzz. Check out these cool innovations–
“Honeycombs” made from plastic are an option for modern day hives and can often be used without additional support, which can be required of traditional materials. A beekeeper on Imgur switched to a plastic foundation in one of his hives and was pleasantly surprised at the firm support.
— Imgur Viral (@ImgurViral) July 4, 2016
A pair of innovative Australian beekeepers invented a 3D printed, plastic device that turns beehives in to flowing honey pots by allowing the honey to be collected without breaking open the hives.
This father/son duo invented a 3D printed honeycomb that pours delicious honey without ever disturbing the bees http://t.co/ZYrlkwFiu6
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 27, 2015
The plastic Beehaus is a compact structure that helps make it easier for hobbyist beekeepers to maintain hives in small spaces like patio gardens or rooftops. The sturdy house resists pecking attempts from busy woodpeckers, which are known to break in to traditional wooden hives.
The beehaus is getting very active
They seem to like the letter box entrance? pic.twitter.com/YdG83pVlb9
— Tim Hewer (@HewerTim) May 22, 2016
These commercial grade plastic bee hives are made from HDPE plastic and allow air circulation while discouraging humidity and mold growth.
Pretty cool huh? Check out more cool innovations made possible by plastics.