MEXICO
Last Straw

Last Straw

Son de Miel

Over the last few decades, bee population has diminished at an alarming rate worldwide, while straw pollution has risen.

The results

• Design and development of two beehive prototypes made from reused straws.
• 300 straws = 4 thousand new bees

The challenge

How could we use one of the issues to help solve the other one?

Finding a way to create awareness about both issues, fight them, and help the apis mellifera, the most important species for pollination, to grow and maintain its population.

The solution

Reusing discarded plastic straws to make artificial beehives so bees can reproduce.

We found that artificial beehives are made with polyethilene -same as straws-, and that the diameter of honeycomb cells is of 6 mm -same as the most commonly used straw.

With a functional design based on traditional Langstroth beehives, we collected and sterilized discarded straws, and sent our beehives to apiaries to be populated with bee cores.