Innovative packaging straight from the beehive

Innovative packaging straight from the beehive

Everyone knows that the main purpose of food is eating. However, keen innovators have found other ways to turn certain food items into sustainable solutions for everyday life. These include various types of packaging made from fish bones, coffee grounds – and even a 100% pure honey beeswax pot, designed in Lithuania. Not only are these solutions organic and zero-waste; they also bring benefits to both humans and nature.

Building on ancient traditions of beekeeping

Sustainability is a key principle for many of today’s innovators, who are looking for ways to use food items differently. And sustainability goes hand-in-hand with the principle of zero waste. Bee Loop, an innovative new honey pot created by Lithuanian designer Aurimas Kadzevičius, offers a solution that seeks to recreate the cycle of nature. It’s organic, renewable, edible, biodegradable, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial – and, most importantly, recyclable.

Aurimas has listened to his father’s beekeeping stories all his life. They have inspired him to look for connections in the natural cycle between people and bees. The concept behind the Bee Loop honey pot is to embody this organic cycle: the bees create honeycomb out of wax, which is where they store their honey. The beekeeper later harvests the honey and stores it in a natural honey pot, which can later be reused as wax to make future honeycombs.

Zero-waste principles in innovation

Bee Loop combines the philosophy of nature and beekeeping traditions with smart design, and has won a number of design accolades, including the Adobe Sustainable Design of the Year Award. The honey pot is made from 100% natural wax, with no added ingredients. The pot is label-free, as the

branding is embossed on it using a hot stamp. Organic linen is the only additional material used; it serves as a string to open the honey pot.

Aurimas Kadzevičius has been working to offer sustainable food-related packaging solutions before. He previously developed an edible label for beer, which has been praised for its potential for sustainability. The edible label functions both as branding, and as a snack.

Photos by Kernius Pauliukonis and Marius Linauskas

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