We are thrilled to showcase one of our new Valentines cards — Bee Mine!! Featuring an antique bee engraving (though not engraved, converted and letterpress printed) and simple typography. In this case, the concept heavy on the brain is the medium is the message. Antique typewriters and antique letterpress have so much in common when you think about basic mechanics, it was a natural leap.
This card will benefit the Pollinator Partnership, with a portion of the proceeds of every card heading straight to them. Bees are so very close to our hearts around here, it was another natural leap to do a bee card.
Straight from their website:
WHY DOES POLLINATION MATTER TO US?
Worldwide, roughly 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce the goods on which we depend.
Foods and beverages produced with the help of pollinators include: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.
In the United States, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.
ARE POLLINATORS IN TROUBLE?
Worldwide there is disturbing evidence that pollinating animals have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites.
Many pollinators are federally “listed species,” meaning that there is evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
The U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years.
A lack of research has hindered our knowledge about the status of pollinators. The E.U. has been so concerned that they have invested over $20 million investigating the status of pollinators in Europe.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT POLLINATORS?
- Plant for pollinators
- Substitute flower beds for lawns
- Reduce pesticide use
- Supply salt or mineral licks for butterflies and water for all wildlife
- Install houses for bats and native bees
- Cultivate native plans, especially those that provide nectar and larval food for pollinators – FREE Ecoregional Pollinator Planting Guides
- Watch for pollinators
- VOTE! Make your voice be heard for conservation and pollinators
- Experience time outdoors and work with plants and animals
- Volunteer for pollinator-friendly organizations and garden groups
- Join the Pollinator Partnership at Get Involved
- Reduce your impact
- Reduce your consumption – reduce, recycle, reuse
- Walk, cycle, use public transit, carpool, telecommute
- Buy locally produced or organic food