Creating a buzz: Beeswax candle-making workshop

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Natalie and Monica, two of our student Sustainability leaders, talk about their candle-making workshop which they organised at Christmas using the beeswax from our hives.

“We organized a two-hour workshop in which participants could create their very own candle out of natural ingredients: beeswax and coconut oil inside a half orange peel. We provided people with material, instructions, help, and safety recommendations.”

The aim of the Christmas-themed activity was to raise awareness on the importance of bees in our ecosystem, and increase the number of staff and students in our Bee Team. “We also wanted to stress the importance of natural and organic products.”

“The project was very successful. We ran the workshop until we ran out of material within our timeframe, as we had planned. Everyone was very engaged. We received positive feedback from people saying they had learned something new while having fun. We were able to spread the word of what our association does and many were willing to get involved and help with the cause.”

Reflecting on the project, Monica said “I learned that creativity can be a very powerful and useful tool if used in the right manner. It can be used to engage people in something you want them to know about, make them curious and then make them have fun!”

Thanks Monica and Natalie for a fantastic workshop! Check out our photos below, find out more about our bees here, or read more about becoming a Sustainability Leader and getting funding from the Sustainability team to run your own project!

 

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