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Polish manufacturer creates buzz with bee-saving paper

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 17, 2018 13:02

Polish manufacturer creates buzz with bee-saving paper

Surrounded by wooden tubs, sieves and a paper press, Malgorzata Lasocka from a Polish village near Warsaw turns her passion for nature into creating colourful paper that can help saving endangered species of bees, butterflies or bumblebees.
Working in a small workshop in Kobylka, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Warsaw, Lasocka introduces another twist to the traditional, medieval method of making handmade paper by adding a mixture of plant-based cellulose fibres, water and fresh flowers, herbs or plants. By adding the seeds of lacy phacelia, also called ‘the queen of honey plants’, Lasocka creates a paper that can later on be planted, which will then blossom with flowers producing loads of nectar for bees flying nearby. The paper can also be made with an extra layer containing glucose dough, used to feed bees during harsher conditions such as winter or droughts, which makes the paper source of food for the bees.
The biodegradable and eco-friendly paper attracts not only the pollinators flying by, but also environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who would like to use it as packaging for their products.
Lasocka said she had received many inquiries from French, Belgian and Danish companies who are interested in using her paper for clothing labels, soap packaging and business cards.
The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation says close to 35 percent of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, and about 17 percent of vertebrate pollinators, such as bats, face extinction globally. The worrisome decline in the population of pollinators is mainly due to intensive agricultural practices, changes in land use, pesticides, alien invasive species, diseases, pests, and climate change.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 17, 2018 13:02