HOW WE SAVE THE WORLDand how you get involved every time you support us
GNGR Bees was created from the principle that we already have all the materials necessary to do something new and that companies should have a real purpose that goes beyond selling a product.
Driven by these values, a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of passion, it is possible to reclaim what was once labelled waste and transform it into a high quality, lasting product to endure the toughest workouts and still make you look beautiful whilst empowering everyone involved in its creation and the whole planet around us.
The magic behind what we do isn’t in the clothes themselves, but the story they tell the world.
The process of creation for anything that is designed at GNGR Bees, starts with the “why” instead of the “what” and then once the purpose for that creation has been found, we gear our efforts to focus on the ethical and sustainable manufacturing of the products.
THE WHYcreating gngr bees starting backwards
The company was created in 2017 to empower the planet, and to do so, GNGR Bees needed to be created starting with the “WHY”.
Words such as “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” kept coming around by companies that sourced products a little better or from marketeers that saw people wanting a better planet. Although only very few companies were doing the real work that would be worthy of calling themselves “better” most of these businesses were still solely driven by profit.
“gngr bees is a business driven by purpose, not profit”
There was no reason to create something new, unless it was made to challenge everything that already existed and to set a new standard in the sustainable world. Our values derive from transparency and honesty: recognising where we are and what we have achieved whilst being transparent about the things we are yet to do and find solutions for.
With much thought, a clear vision and a world to save, GNGR Bees was born:
- reclaiming materials to clean our oceans and land & keeping our animals and biodiversity safe
- partnering with small social enterprises to empower the people and keep culture and craftsmanship alive
- producing ethically and fairly to increase the standards of the industry
- donating profits back to empower important causes
- creating projects that make this planet better for all
the secret ingredientpassion, people, planet
Everything you find at GNGR Bees comes with its own story. Opting for a single-use plastic free supply chain meant we needed to find alternatives. This led us to the beginning of an unforgettable journey that created lasting partnerships, development of projects & meeting people that think as we do. Our partners, our community and nature is where we find inspiration to embrace and do more every day.
MEET OUR PARTNERS
Our partner in Africa, Azizi life, aims to participate in local initiatives for the development of Rwandan communities, working towards physical and spiritual wholeness for all. They are also committed to paying an agreed-upon fair wage to the artisans as soon as we receive their products. The additional income from the sale of their art allows the craftspeople & their families to afford many things that they struggled to get before, such as medical insurance, school material for their children, hygene and cleaning product, a more balanced diet and financial independece.
Together, we have developed the Eco Shipping Tote - an upcycled cement sack with handles that would allow us to ship our activewear single-use plastic free and allow you to keep the tote forever, re-using it as they would like.
Booteek is a social enterprise that aims to link underprivileged women in Sri Lanka with the rest of the world by marketing products handmade by them. This project started as a workshop in needlework for students at the Chitra Lane school for the special child. Today, it is a collective of their mothers and other women from Sri Lanka’s low-income bracket.
In addition to working with the women, they recently started training a team of young adults with special needs, to paint and create our packaging from up-cycled waste paper - which is where GNGR Bees comes in. Forget single-use plastic bags to keep your clothes “safe”. When you buy a product from us, they will arrive in these worderful upcycled tea sacks that have been painted just for you and that you can use and re-use as many times as you would like.
We are partnering with Earfh, a new social network that is set to revolutionase how people and businesses give to charities. Through them we will be able to empower you to contribute to projects you are passionate about with one click: from trees to children’s hospitals, orangutans to disaster relief. Our first collaboration together is about blue carbon!
One Tree Planted is a 501C3 non-profit environmental charity with a focus on global reforestation. They work with amazing partners around the world to get trees in the ground and restore forests after fires and floods, creating jobs, building communities and protecting habitat and biodiversity. Every time you shop from us, we are able to put one tree on the ground. Supporting One Tree Planted is crucial for us to further support the right causes to make this a better planet. Through planting trees, we hope to make a contribution towards a better climate, biodiversity, people and water as well as curb our carbon emissions altogether.
Nara is an artisan that is just as passionate about saving the planet as we are. Working locally with fishermen and net repairing facilities, she rescues old fishing nets from the sea and transforms them into a variety of products: sponges, clothing & equipement. Nara has reclaimed, rescued and upcycled fishing nets for years and has received many awards for the beautiful work she does. She now comes on board to source us fishing nets as part of our packaging - another material that has been up cycled and is transformed into a functional, single-use plastic free product exclusively for you.