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13 Ways You Depend On Bees Every Single Day

Bees are responsible for more than you think. For more information on how to help, check out Burt's Bees "Bring Back The Bees" campaign now.

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1. Extra Guac? Forget about it.

Believe it or not, bees pollinate 70 of the roughly 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world! That means that more than half of the foods we find in our local grocery stores could not exist without bees. Even avocados are on that list.
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Believe it or not, bees pollinate 70 of the roughly 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world! That means that more than half of the foods we find in our local grocery stores could not exist without bees. Even avocados are on that list.

2. Are you an apple pie person? Strawberry? Well...

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...SO many pies wouldn't exist without bees! Some more fruits we wouldn't have without our little friends include black currants, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, pears, cranberries, plums, lemons, and tangerines. And that's just to name a few.

3. Your dear PSLs need their main ingredient.

No bees = no pumpkin!
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4. Bees are also most likely responsible for your favorite shirt.

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It's not just food that bees pollinate; they also pollinate cotton. It's estimated that 40% of women's clothing in the U.S. is totally made from cotton and 85% of men's clothing is made from the fluffy white stuff!

5. Even some medicine wouldn't exist without them.

Royal jelly is a substance produced by honey bees and is an ingredient in many vitamins and medicines we use every day for ailments like asthma, hay fever, and insomnia.
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Royal jelly is a substance produced by honey bees and is an ingredient in many vitamins and medicines we use every day for ailments like asthma, hay fever, and insomnia.

6. Flowers need bees to help grow.

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Without bees, flowers can not complete fertilization to reproduce! It's definitely a symbiotic relationship.

7. And your morning routine is dependent on those coffee beans.

Some types of coffee, such as robusta, need to be pollenated to survive.
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Some types of coffee, such as robusta, need to be pollenated to survive.

8. Even some string instruments wouldn't be able to live in a bee-less world.

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The glue-like substance propolis is used by bees to repair their hives. It is also used as a varnish on many string instruments, including violins!

9. Shiny shoes would be few and far between without beeswax.

Most shoe waxes and water protectants are made with beeswax.
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Most shoe waxes and water protectants are made with beeswax.

10. Some of your favorite cheeses require beeswax in the cheesemaking process.

Many cheeses are "waxed" before going out for consumption. This typically contains beeswax.
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Many cheeses are "waxed" before going out for consumption. This typically contains beeswax.

11. And your hair. Oh man, your hair.

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Your pomade most likely also contains beeswax!

12. You need those candles for a proper happy birthday.

And without bees, forget it.
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And without bees, forget it.

13. And honey...well...

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...honey has benefits like acting as an anti-bacterial agent, a throat soother, and an antioxidant.

And even lip balm needs bees!

Without bees, our entire world would change. Burt's Bees wants to plant 1 billion wildflower seeds to help #BringBackTheBees. For more information on how to help check out BurtsBees.com.
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Without bees, our entire world would change. Burt's Bees wants to plant 1 billion wildflower seeds to help #BringBackTheBees. For more information on how to help check out BurtsBees.com.