Why sustainability and care for the environment is so important to us at Kinsale Mead
• Raw materials - Honey, Water, Fruit, Packaging
• Energy and Waste reduction
• Supporting sustainability education through education about the importance of bees
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.
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.