When Barry Benson went to the grocery store to buy his new bed, he found a lot of bedding.
The bees in his yard have a very special place in his heart.
“I grew up on a farm, in a farm where we had a little garden,” he says.
“We had a garden, and I grew up in a garden with bees.
That’s where my love for bees came from.”
It was around that time Benson got the idea to design his own bed, which he called The Bees Bed.
He called it The Bees and made a business plan to help make it.
“If we can get this bed out there, it’s going to be an amazing thing for bees, for people, for the environment, for everything,” he said.
His business plan came out in February 2018, and Beekeepers of America, the industry’s biggest trade group, said it was the most innovative bed design in their history.
“Barry is just the type of entrepreneur that has been able to come up with something so innovative and so amazing,” says Tom Goggin, president of the Beekeepers Association of America.
Benson is the first to admit that The Bees is an ambitious undertaking, but he’s not deterred.
He’s been doing this for a long time.
“The Beekeepers have been working on this for 30 years,” he laughs.
“They’re just now catching up to it.”
The Bees bed can be used to sleep comfortably, and it’s also environmentally friendly, he says, because it’s made of recycled plastic.
“It’s not only green, it is also recyclable,” Benson says.
He hopes to make the bed available in his own store and in the United States.
For now, the bees in Benson’s backyard are doing the hard work.
“This is really the last straw,” he explains.
“All we have to do is leave them alone.”