Green&Blue, the Perranporth based company who create a range of stylish wildlife products, are celebrating after a flurry of major awards shortlists.
The team have been shortlisted in the prestigious Blueprint awards, the Design Week awards and the FX design awards. Previous winners include Apple, the Independent and Kew house and the company share their place on the shortlists with Coca cola and Ercol.
The honours recognise the companies’ bee brick, which was the winner of the Soil Associations Innovation award last year. The bee brick is a revolutionary new product, which provides a stylish nesting site for solitary bees. The bricks can be used as standalone bee hotels in the garden but they can also be used in construction which is where the excitement at their potential lies. Solitary bees are responsible for a third of all food we eat but are facing massive decline and a part of the problem is habitat loss. By implementing the bee brick in construction habitat is created within the very framework of a building, and because solitary bees don’t have honey or a queen bee to protect they are non-aggressive and so safe to encourage around children and pets.
“We were delighted when we heard we’d made the shortlist for all three awards” Kate Christman, Co-founder of Green&Blue said. “The bee brick is receiving attention both for the potential it has to make a real difference to the plight of solitary bees and for its stylish design. To be on the shortlist for “Product of the year’ is an amazing achievement for a Cornish company.
The exciting news tops off what has been a fantastic year for the company after winning the Soil Associations Innovation award last year. Alongside completing a successful rebrand and re-launching the range at the Home show in London the company have also been handpicked by Kevin McCloud to exhibit at Grand Designs as ‘Green Heroes’ and are in talks with various architects and house builders about implementing the bee brick on a wider scale.