House for Bees: FLOW Introduces Flow Hive 2+

House for Bees: FLOW Introduces Flow Hive 2+
Flow Hive 2+. Courtesy of FLOW.

With three generations of beekeepers, the Anderson family came up with an innovative hive that would facilitate the work, reduce environmental impact and ultimately help save the bees. They’ve just recently introduced their newest hive: the Flow Hive 2+.

Into their sixth year now, the father and son behind Australia-based FLOW have introduced their latest hive called Flow Hive 2+. The company’s range of hives facilitates the work for the beekeeper while being gentler on the bees. Their latest model has new features that offer additional support when caring for bees.

The new Flow Hive 2+ is made from premium western red cedar; it’s laser cut and built with precision by Cedar (son) and Stuart (father) Anderson in Australia. The new hive has an entrance reducer, revamped hive stand with ant guards, a more durable and sustainable multi-purpose poly tray and all the features from the original Flow Hive 2 (launched in 2018). It’s available in both 6 and 7 frame sizes.

The adjustable hive stand lets the beekeeper control the height and level of the hive even on uneven ground. It helps keep the hive dry and off the ground to avoid giving ground-dwelling pests easy access. It’s made from powder-coated aluminum and is easier to put together and more durable.

The adjustable ant guards are made in Australia from 100% recycled polypropylene and sustainably produced. They provide a space for creating a liquid ant barrier on the legs of your hive stand.

The multifunctional tray has a new look and was made to be sturdier and more durable. It is made from 100% recycled polypropylene. The flow entrance reducer was a request from the Flow Hives community. It’s handy for protecting against predators and robbing; it reduces drafts in cold climates and can be used to seal the hive entrance for short periods when relocating the hive.

LEARN more about the Flow Hive 2+ here.

There are currently over 75,000 Flow Hives in use in more than 130 countries. FLOW has won multiple awards for innovation, design, marketing and business including Good Design Australia, D&AD White Pencil, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, two medals at Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress and was declared NSW Business Chamber’s Business of the Year (2017).

The company has matured into not only a successful Australian exporter but a prominent advocate for bees and the natural world with a global community of hundreds of thousands of people advocating to be kinder to bees and taking better care of our local environment.

In December 2019 (during the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, in Madrid), FLOW joined with 500 companies around the world to accelerate the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions to reach net-zero by 2030. 

In 2018, the company gained B Corp™ accreditation, which means meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. 

In 2017, Flow was proud to offer their first hive—a Pollinator House—aimed towards solitary-nesting bees, a project which also supports habitat protection by donating 100% of profits to projects that support pollinators. This project allowed the company to launch a Pollinator Support Program in 2018, which funded 9 community-selected pollinator-related projects in the USA and Australia. This successful project is now run each year.

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