Local Hotel Unveils “Beekind” Program
Sustainability is the watch word these days when making business decisions, which is why when the Hallmark Inn, Davis CA was given the opportunity to provide soaps, shampoos and other guest amenities that help sustain the environment and community, they took it. The new BeeKind line of guest amenities is environmentally sustainable, using products that do not pollute while providing a donation to the UC Davis Department of Entomology to fund the pollination research program. This new line of guest amenities honors environmental consciousness and community sustainability while marrying ecological responsibility and personal luxury.
The decline of bee populations across the country is of primary concern to many, from farmers to users of honey as an alternative sweetener. The UC Davis Department of Entomology is at the forefront of the research to find both a cause of the decline of bee colonies and a cure in order to save and sustain future bee colonies. Hagaan Daaz Ice Cream, based in Oakland California, uses honey for 75% of the sweetener in its cream and is concerned about the problem. As a result, Hagaan Daaz is a significant supporter of the UC Davis bee research.
“We at Hallmark Inn are proud to join the effort to support the research being done by the Department of Entomology. By providing these BeeKind amenities to our guests we are making a contribution to the Bee Research Studies with every purchase” says Reed Youmans, Hallmark Inn partner.
Youmans continues, “We were also drawn to this product because of how environmentally friendly it is. Most hotels’ creams, soaps and shampoos come in rigid plastic bottles - this product is different. The containers are made of recycled paper. This significantly reduces our impact on our environment.” The BeeKind Collection features products that contain no parabens, phthalates, petrol-derivatives, mineral oil, urea, TEA or propylene glycol. Instead, they contain natural food grade cleaning and conditioning agents made from honey, the Brassica plant and other natural products. “These are wonderful skin and hair care products designed and packaged in a way that keeps environmental sustainability as its first concern,” says Marisa Schaffer, General Manager of Hallmark Inn.
In the community of Davis, sustainability is a huge concern and each contribution to sustainability, no matter how small, begins to build for the good of the whole. The UC Davis Department of Entomology is doing significant research on a very serious issue. “We at the Hallmark Inn know our contribution to this effort is limited but we are proud to be a part of it.”
Products will be available to all guests as well for purchase at the property and soon through the website www.HallmarkInn.com. For additional information, contact Marisa Schaffer, 530-753-3600.
(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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