For World Bee Day in May, IKEA and its R&D lab lab SPACE10 teamed up with design studio Bakken & Bæck and industrial designer Tanita Klein to create a new initiative called Bee Home. The project aims to give homes to solitary bees, which are responsible for a third of the world's food supply—and just one solitary bee is capable of pollinating as much as 120 honeybees.
With Bee Home, people can build their own tiny community for bees by adapting the style or height of the designs. By downloading the design files and sending them to be produced via a maker space, the flat-pack homes for bees can be assembled to support a vital part of our planet.
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IKEA's Initiative is Helping to Give Homes to Solitary Bees
1. DIY Bee Home Construction - Opportunity for individuals to build and customize bee homes to support solitary bees.
2. Collaborative Design and Production - Utilizing maker spaces to produce flat-pack bee homes, encouraging community involvement and manufacturing.
3. Sustainable Initiatives for Biodiversity - Increasing awareness and action around protecting solitary bees and their important role in maintaining the world's food supply.
1. Home Improvement - Opportunity for manufacturers of sustainable materials and design companies to create DIY bee home kits.
2. 3D Printing and Maker Spaces - Opportunity for maker spaces and 3D printing companies to collaborate in producing flat-pack bee homes.
3. Environmental Conservation - Opportunity for organizations and nonprofits focused on biodiversity preservation to support initiatives like Bee Home.