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August 09, 2021

Nature, climate and environmental protection is lived anew every day in the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group. The recycling pioneer proves this once again: This time with several clear signs for the bees.

Busy as bees, they like to say. The bees definitely have something in common with the employees of the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group and its subsidiaries. So while some are busy making honey from nectar and pollinating countless plants in the process, others are busy producing new raw materials from old materials.

Both are important, but the bees have found it increasingly difficult in recent years: monocultures, parasites, pesticides and climate change are taking such a toll on the bees that bee mortality is becoming increasingly alarming. “ When the bees die, it is a problem that humans cannot ignore,“ Christian Müller-Guttenbrunn is alarmed. „After all, bees are responsible for 85 % of all flower pollination. Thus, they form the basis for a large part of our food!“

Renaturalized bee oases

Because Müller-Guttenbrunn is aware of the great importance of bees, it has now taken on bee sponsorships. Together with the association Biene Wienerwald, agricultural areas are purchased that are renatured to become natural habitats for bees. In addition to the typical honey bee, these bee oases also serve as a refuge for wild bees and all other pollinating insects.

Meadows for beneficial insects on company premises

But it is not only in the Vienna Woods that the company is setting an example – it is also on its own doorstep in the Mostviertel region, directly on the MGG Metran factory premises. Local berry bushes were recently planted there. These are primarily intended to be a source of food for the bird population, but will certainly also be used by bees. Another initiative – this time focusing on the bee and other beneficial insects – is to follow in the autumn, as MGG Metran managing director Gunther Panowitz reveals: „We would like to establish beneficial insect meadows in all the spaces in between on our site. The seeds for 500 m² of area are ready – but now we have to wait with the implementation due to the heat. With Thomas Wiesflecker, we have a capable gardener in our ranks who will bring these beneficial insect meadows to life. In any case, I’m already looking forward to seeing the bees buzzing even louder here.“ Bees and bumblebees can already be seen flying on the greened infiltration areas – with the flowering oases, there will certainly be even more in the future.