by Margot Massenet
What if, by creating new experiences with products we could raise awareness among city dwellers?
solitary bee conservation
designed with nature in mind
About the project
As our linear consumption patterns become a growing threat to habitat and biodiversity, it is urgent to find new ways of designing products and rethink their life cycle.
The human and non-human centred approach taken for this project led to Symbeeosis, a bio receptive candle made of sustainable wax, empowering city dwellers to consume better and help solitary bees thrive in an urban environment. This candle, once consumed, becomes a nesting site for solitary bees, and its tailored material hosts mosses and lichens that will slowly biodegrade it.
Solitary bees are not well known, however, they should not be overlooked as they are a hundred times more efficient as pollinators than honeybees and their population is declining.
Male red mason bee, Osmia Rufa.
I took a mass consumption item, a scented candle, and turned it into a weapon of mass conservation, a bee hotel. To create the link between these two functions, I prioritized three topics: a biocompatible fragrance, a bioreceptive material, and the attractivity of colours on bees.
Red mason bee cocoons.
Biocompatible fragrance derived from a nearly extinct lavender species
Bespoke bee hotel to increase the efficiency of bees’ preservation
Bioreceptive material - for the bee hotel to be bio-integrated in the natural environment and to accelerate biodegradability
Biocompatible fragrance from renewable sources and derived from a nearly extinct lavender species, which was reintroduced in 2012.
Nearly extinct lavender variety.
The fragrance used for the candle has been carefully selected in collaboration with the experts at Symrise, a flavour, and fragrance company.
I chose, to work with the scent of a nearly extinct lavender variety that has recently been reintroduced to its natural environment. I chose this both due to its attraction power for solitary bees to forage and because of its consumer appeal.
Alienor Massenet, Senior Perfumer at Symrise.
Guide to becoming a bee lover.
Informative booklet and leaflet.
Branding and packaging
My purpose is to maximize the distribution of bee hotels. For this reason, I worked on branding my concept and created communication materials to inform the public about the product and its biodiversity aims. The informative booklet and leaflet are printed on paper embedded with seeds. Once mixed with soil, flowers will soon appear demonstrating how the packaging is also designed to contribute in helping bees thrive in an urban environment.
Let’s become bee lovers!
Margot Massenet is a French multidisciplinary sustainable designer, working to collaborate with living organisms. Margot has developed projects and methodologies to harness human and non-human centred design approaches using biomimicry.