An Unexpected Durham Discovery


Yesterday I shared about our afternoon in Durham, North Carolina exploring the American Tobacco Campus. During that exploration we came upon the corporate offices of Burt’s Bees. Did you know that Burt’s Bees is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina? I hadn’t been aware of this fact until we happened upon their offices, but it was certainly an interesting and pleasing discovery. Burt’s Bees is the kind of business that North Carolina and North Carolinians can be proud of.

I love the arched brick entrance to the offices. To the left of the entrance is a wood door with an engraved metal plaque. The door looks like a tall cabinet built into the wall. Beside the door is a poster explaining what is behind the door. It was BURT’S BEES! When the door is opened, an active beehive can be viewed through glass panels.

Collage wI was interested in learning more about Burt’s Bees so I visited the website. I learned that the company was started in Maine in 1984 by photojournalist and beekeeper, Burt Shavitz, and his artist friend, Roxanne Quimby. Ten years later, the business had grown to such an extent that it was moved to Durham. The company’s business philosophy is “The Greater Good,” and their business practices are aimed at that purpose. They send zero waste to landfills. They promote health and wellness among their employees. They give back to the Durham community through annual Culture Day projects and in other ways.

In 2007 the company was acquired by Clorox. Yet the Burt’s Bees company remains committed to their founders’ ideals and way of doing business. My research into Burt’s Bees has prompted me to take a greater interest in their products. I think I can feel good about purchasing high quality products from a North Carolina company that demonstrates through its practices that it values the employees, the community, and the environment. When I am back home from this trip, I’ll definitely BEE purchasing and using additional items from their product line. Who knew that my football game road tripl would be so educational?

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are entirely my own.

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