Why sustainability and care for the environment is so important to us at Kinsale Mead

We want to make great mead from natural ingredients that people really enjoy in social settings and with food. Sustainability and care for the environment is very important to us. We want to have a positive impact in our community in Kinsale and Cork and with our customers and suppliers. There are three main areas:
• Raw materials - Honey, Water, Fruit, Packaging
• Energy and Waste reduction
• Supporting sustainability education through education about the importance of bees

Origin Green

As an Origin Green certified company, part of our remit is to educate our meadery visitors about the problems that bees face. Beekeepers face significant losses and fragmentation of pollinator-friendly habitats with diverse food sources as well as high use of pesticides, the impact of the verroa mite and colony collapse.

Origin Green certification is a Bord Bia initiative, independently assessed.

Recycling

We recycle all our wooden pallets and metal honey barrels to people in the local community (via Donedeal and Facebook local marketplace). We keep some pallets for use within the meadery for storage and shipping. We recycle paper, cardboard and glass at our local recycling centre.

Bee Friendly Planting

Our meadery is part of a larger light industrial building. We have started to turn a small sloping area beside our unit into pollinator friendly zone. The plants were chosen with the student of the Permaculture and sustainable horticulture course at Kinsale College. The plants include foxgloves, thyme, lavender, fennel, nasturtium, rosemary and borage.