Bees are one of the most important creatures on our planet and we rely on them for almost two thirds of our food! And yet, bee populations are under extreme threat due to the use of agricultural chemicals, including the ones we use in our own back yards!
Lil' Bit's Bee Seed Bombs use a technique that is hundreds of years old - organic matter imgrenated with seeds that will blossum into beautiful flowers and feed our little friends while brightening up your day. Natural clay protects the flower seeds from insects and birds. The compost provides organic matter and nutrients.
Bee Bombs should not actually be buried in soil, just placed (or dropped) on the soil surface.
Then, when conditions are right (water, sunlight), the seed ball will break down and the seeds will germinate.. Be patient - some of these plants may not bloom the first year, but will reward you with more blooms in subsequent years!
Over time, they will grow into herbs and flowers that provide habitat and food for pollinators. Spring is the best time to "plant" them, to mimic what happens when these plants naturally produce seeds.
Seed mix: Mixed, organic annuals to be sewn in summer - NON INVASIVE SPIECIES.
Each ball is approx. 1 inch in diameter and comes in a beautiful, linen, drawstring bag
Lil' Bit's Lil'Bee Seed Bombs are sold in bags of 6
They are packaged in biodegradable calico bags with a paper tag.
Lil' Bit's Seed Bombs are safe to send all over Australia - Li'l Bit have written authority from each state.
Made by Lil' Bit right here in Australia - to make the world a lil' bit better for the humans, the animals and the environment!
Accredited by Choose Cruelty Free as a cruelty free company with NO animal testing.
Care when using around babies, children & pets - may cause a choking or obstruction situation!
- Seed mix: Mixed, Organic Annuals to be sewn in summer - NON INVASIVE SPIECIES.
- Natural clay protects flower seeds from insects and birds.
Bee Bombs should not actually be buried in soil, just placed (or dropped) on the soil surface.
Spring is the best time to "plant" them, to mimic what happens when these plants naturally produce seeds.
Let nature take its course, and the seeds will germinate when conditions are good.
Be patient - some of these plants may not bloom the first year, but will reward you with more blooms in subsequent years!
Is Lil' Bit products safe to use around babies, children & pets?
Children, especially babies can be very sensitive to the different chemicals found in everyday cleaning products, especially if they are prone to allergies or asthma. Because children spend 80% to 90% of their time indoors, and on the floor, cleaning products can pose a HUGE health risks to them.
Household cleaning products can add to indoor air pollution in many ways:
- - Commerical cleaning products send all sorts of toxins out into the air.
- - Residue left on indoor surfaces (like the floors and tables) can be easily ingested.
Strong chemicals and poisons used in so many cleaning products are far too strong and unnecessary for the domestic home – although great if you work in a lab!
Many of these products can even be corrosive (burning holes in clothes and even eat away at the skin) and are marked with hazard symbols, but these warnings are only used for the most dangerous ingredients.
This is a big problem because:
- - Many more chemicals are used that aren't as deadly but can still make you sick and harm the overall health of you an your family.
- - Most haven't been fully tested for safety (for long-term, low-level, and multiple-exposures)
- - Some may be harmful to children at different stages of development.
Lil’Bit cleaning products are made with the highest quality ingredients and many of a food grade standard. Certified Organic and 100% Natural, you can be sure that your family is safe from nasty chemicals and in turn protected from germs and grime.
Protect the little ones in the family – even your pets will be better off!
What Lil' Bit left out
The chemicals that most supermarket home cleaning products use – even the ones that claim to be eco friendly! You can feel a Lil’ Bit Better knowing that you are keeping these nasties out of the environment and away from your family.
Found In: Cream Cleaners
Although Ammonia occurs naturally, it is usually made synthetically. It is highly soluble in water and reacts with acids to form ammonium salts.
Environmental Impact: Produced from decaying organic matter and from human and animal waste but when it enters waterways, it becomes toxic to fish and other aquatic creatures.
Health Concerns / Benefits: When using ammonia over a long period, it can cause health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. It can cause eye, nose and throat irritations, and can burn skin when in direct contact.
Chlorine / Bleach
Found In: Cream Cleaners, Toilet Cleaners, Dishwasher Tablets / Powders, Disinfecting and All Purpose Sprays.
Environmental Impact: Once it leaves your drain, it forms ‘organochlorines’ which are highly toxic to fish and aquatic life.
Health Concerns / Benefits: It can not only burn your skin but also cause damage to your lungs when inhaled and has been known be disrupt the thyroid.
Coal Tar Dyes
Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soap, Glass Cleaner, Disinfecting and All Purpose Sprays.
Environmental Impact: Made from petrochemicals, which contain trace amounts of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and lead.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Synthetic dyes have been linked to various cancers and are known to affect the nervous system. These dyes can easily be absorbed through skin or even eaten when soap residue is left on dishes.
Found In: Pretty much everything that has a scent.
Did you know that more than 3000 chemicals are used in commercial fragrances.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Many of these trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma attacks. Some synthetic odours can also affect the endocrine system and can interfere with hormones.
MEA (Monoethanalomine), DEA (Diethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
Found In: Glass Cleaners and Dish Soaps
Environmental Impact: Shown to be harmful to fish and other aquatic life causing long-term damage to these environments.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Can have a reaction with nitrites to cause carcinogenic nitrosamines. Nitrates are present in the preservatives and can be found in some water sources. Studies in animals have shown the liver, kidney, blood, and central nervous system (CNS) are greatly affected from excess exposure to diethanolamine. These chemicals are banned in Europe.
Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPEs)
Found In: Toilet Cleaners, Deodorisers and Air Fresheners
Environmental Impact: Can cause adverse reproductive effects in fish and other aquatic organisms.
Health Concerns / Benefits: NPE’s degrade into other chemicals called nonylphenols (NPs), which can mimic the hormone oestrogen and has been shown to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells.
Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soaps and Dishwasher Tablets / Powders
Environmental Impact: This is actually a fertilizer when it's in water, so high levels, promote awful algal blooms and increase weed growth – clogging water treatment plant filtration systems, waterways and stifling oxygen levels which is bad news for turtles, fish and frogs.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Some kinds of algae blooms are toxic to land animals and people who drink the water.
Found In: Cream Cleaners, Dish Soaps, Dishwasher Tablets/Powders, Toilet Cleaners, Glass Cleaners, All Purpose/Disinfectant Sprays, Deodorisers and Room Sprays, Leather Cleaners
Health Concerns / Benefits: WARNING – Men with higher phthalate compounds found in their blood also had a reduced sperm count, according to a study conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through smelling, we can also absorb them through skin via scented soaps.
Polishing Particles / Micro beads
Found In: Cream Cleaners, Glass Cleaners
So many crème cleansers contain micro plastics – they have been found in all oceans on earth and even under Arctic sea ice.
Environmental Impact: James Cook University found species of corals starving because they ate the tiny beads, which completely clogged their digestive tract. These plastics also absorb many toxic chemicals and act like sponges – so if the sponge is eaten by a small animal such a plankton, and a whale or other creature eats a million plankton, the poor whale eats tones of the stuff. It can go the whole way up the food chain and take centuries to degrade.
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATS/QAC's)
Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfectant Sprays
Environmental Impact: This chemical helps breed antibiotic resistant bacteria and is very toxic to fish. Not Biodegradable.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Products labelled 'Antibacterial' usually have Quats lurking inside them. A type of antimicrobial, the Quats help breed antibiotic resistant bacteria. Also irritates and sensitizes skin, causes allergies, and can trigger asthma.
Found In: Cream Cleaners
Health Concerns / Benefits: WARNING – The International Agency for Research on Cancer has dubbed this as a proven carcinogen.
Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate Dihydrate
Found In: Cream Cleaners, Toilet Cleaners and Air Fresheners
Environmental Impact: Toxic to aquatic life and might even cause permanent damage to these ecosystems.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Severe eye soreness and repertory upsets and can burn your eyes and mouth.
Sodium Hydroxide (also known as lye and caustic soda)
Found In: Cream Cleaners and Toilet Cleaners
Environmental Impact: In 2005, a large spill of concentrated sodium hydroxide in the Cheakamus River Canyon, USA, killed virtually all the fish in the river. Sad.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Highly corrosive and can burn the eyes, skin and lungs, a bad respiratory irritant. Long-term exposure in the air can lead to ulcers up your nose.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Found In: Toilet Cleaners, Dish Soaps and Shampoos
SLS and SLES are surfactants added to detergents and many household products to make bubbles and foam and can be listed on labels as over 150 different names.
Environmental Impact: Not only pollutes ground water, in turn bio-accumulating in the waterways and therefore in aquatic animals, it also gets into our drinking water. Also commonly used as a pesticide and herbicide and denied use in organic farming practices do to its toxicity and environmental impact. The manufacturing of these chemicals is also highly polluting and pumps tones of particles containing other nasty chemicals such as sulphur compounds, up into the air.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Skin irritant and possible carcinogen and may also affect development. Studies by the University of Georgia have shown that SLS’ can actually permeate the brain, eyes, liver and heart.
Found In: Cream Cleaners and All Purpose/Disinfecting Sprays
Environmental Impact: Very toxic to aquatic life causing long-term damage to these ecosystems. Triclosan can react in the environment to form dioxins (A group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants), which are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. Dioxins accumulate and are an anti-microbial agent, excess use by society is actually contributing to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that’s bad news.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Endocrine disrupter that can interfere with hormones and irritate skin and eyes.
2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE) and Glycol Eithers
Found In: Glass Cleaners & Paint Thinners
Environmental Impact: Can cause pulmonary adenoma, sore throats, even liver and kidney damage and has been shown to cause liver cancer in some animals.
Health Concerns / Benefits: Cuts through the grease on your pots and pans and can damage the reproductive system; overexposure can cause anaemia, eye, nose and throat irritations and are also used in paint thinners.