• Protect Your Bees
    Reinforced, lightweight-concrete beehives.
  • More Honey
    Insulation, productivity and health benefits.
  • Reduce Costs
    Make your own low-cost beehives.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY

Through a rigorous, iterative, participatory design development and research process we have appropriated the standard beehive and made it more accessible and sustainable.

READY-MADE CONCRETE BEEHIVES

We manufacture and sell ready-made, high-quality, steel-reinforced, lightweight-concrete beehives - for our local beekeeping industry.

MOULDING TOOLS TO MAKE BEEHIVES

Making concrete beehives is cheap, easy and quick, so we have made the tools available for everyone, anywhere, to beegin.

Welcome to BEEGIN

Beegin started as a University project in 2016 with the goal of developing a system for emergent beekeepers to become fully self-sufficient and keep bees in a more sustainable way. Through intensive participatory research and field testing I developed a an appropriate technology system that is accessible (low-cost & low-tech) and sustainable (economically & environmentally), The system is centred on lightweight-concrete beehives and the moulding tools for producing the hives - appropriating standard Western beekeeping systems. This revolutionary new way of making durable, low-cost, insulating beehives is the answer to so many of the problems facing beekeepers, and I hope it will contribute towards a brighter future in bees.

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Introducing the Bee Bunka

A short video of a concrete hive being made and used used to house a swarm of bees.

Our PRODUCTS

We offer ready-made concrete beehives to our local market and the moulding tools for making beehives can be sent to anywhere in the world. Click on one of the items to see more information and prices

The impenetrable, everlasting Langstroth style beehive.

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Easy-to-use forms for making your own lightweight-concrete beehives.

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Locally designed and made, durable, protective suits for beekeeping.

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Our Mission

Protect the honeybee

Honeybees are our most valuable pollinators, responsible for up to two-thirds of all our food. In the past decade over half of the worlds bee populations have died off. Beegin aims to help ensure the ongoing survival of the honeybee.

 

 

 

 

Help the beekeeper

Beekeepers around the world are struggling to keep up with the rate of colony and equipment loss due to diseases, theft, vandalism, bears, badgers, fires, pests and extreme weather. Meanwhile cheap, adulterated "honey" imports are driving prices down and forcing local beekeepers out of the business. Beegin aims to provide alternative equipment that can withstand the litany of threats and increase the beekeepers yeild, allowing them to grow their businesses.

Help the farmer

Global wild pollinator species have declined severely in the past few decades and farmers are relying increasingly on migratory pollination contracts with beekeepers to gaurentee their annual crop yeilds. However, the practise of transporting bees has increased the mortality rate of bee populations - weakening swarms and spreading diseases. The price of pollination rentals is also climbing at an unsustainbable rate as the bees become harder to replace. Beegin aims to encourage and enable farmers to easily take pollination into their own hands.

Help the poor

Beekeeping offers huge potential for socio-economic development in marginalised communities in both urban and rural areas. Although many organisations promote 'beekeeping for development' success is limited by the viability of the standard equipment and technology. Beegin aims to work with organisations to provide communities with the tools to make durable, low-cost beehives.

 

 

News & Events

GOOD DESIGN AWARDS 2019
  • Winner in the Social Impact Category
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Beegin - Bee Bunka Moulds received a prestigious Good Design Award Winner Accolade in the Social Impact category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

    The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design and reward emerging areas of design strategy, social impact and design entrepreneurship.

    The Good Design Awards Jury spent several days evaluating each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in all areas and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition.

    The Good Design Awards Jury praised Beegin - Bee Bunka Moulds commenting: “ The Jury applauds the iterative user-centered design process utilised in the development of Beegin. Meeting the needs of a diverse group of users, including beekeepers, farmers and marginalized, rural communities. Beegin, successfully provides superior moulds at a price accessible to these communities, importantly working with key organisations to facilitate the business development opportunities with the Beegin beehive system. ”

    https://good-design.org/projects/beegin-bee-bunka-moulds/

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Hours Spent on Research & Design

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Mould sets in use by Beegin & our customers

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South Africa, USA, Australia, Ghana, Malta, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Antigua & Barbuda, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique & Lesotho

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Number of Bee Bunkas produced by Beegin & our customers

Our Research

Beegin is constantly colecting data, uncovering new issues, developing solutions, improving our products and designing new technology. We use a participatory and iterative design approach, compiling information from our customers, wroking with experts and testing ideas rigorously. If you would like to find out more about our different areas of research please check out the following summarised articles, and please forward any insights, ideas, queries and recordings that you may have.

What material should beehives be made from to support sustainability and growth in the beekeeping industry? Find out how we answered this question. (4MB file)

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