Bees are critical pollinators because, among other plants, they pollinate 70 of the more or less 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world population. The global bee population is declining at an alarming rate because of the loss of flower meadows, pesticides used in industrial agriculture, climate change, parasites and pathogens that are harmful to bees.
If bees should disappear from the ecosystem, we may lose all the plants that are pollinated by bees, all the animals that eat those plants and much of the fruit and vegetables we as humans need to survive.
Beeswax is formed by worker bees which secrete it from eight wax-producing glands on their abdominal segments. The sizes of these wax glands depend on the age of the worker, and after many daily flights, these glands begin to waste away.
Some studies suggest that 24 – 30 kg of honey is produced per kg of wax. Beeswax consist of long chain fatty alcohols, fatty acids and esters.
The new wax is initially glass-clear and colourless, and eventually become opaque and yellow or brown because of the incorporation of pollen, pollen oils and propolis by the hive worker bees. The wax is used by the bees to build the honeycomb cells in which they store honey, as well as to protect their offspring.
Natura-tec Vegetable Beeswax has formulated a renewable and sustainable substitute consisting of 100% vegetable derived waxes to forge and influence positive environmental consciousness in line with vegan principles. Its cracking index and sensorial profile compare very well with those of natural beeswax when used in combination with other waxes in a lipstick formulation. It has plastic, kneadable and oil-binding properties that mimic those of natural beeswax.