At Bumble-Bees Art and Crafts, you can find original wildlife artworks by Betty Busby (of Auntie Betty Illustration) as well as prints and other merchandise portraying New Zealand's unique flora and fauna, which are perfect accessories for your home, gifts for others, visitors to New Zealand or those who love wildlife and support the conservation of endangered species.
All our products are proudly made in New Zealand.
OUR PACKING ETHOS
Our aim is to raise awareness of endangered species.
Plastic pollution is a threat to many species around the world.
To reduce single-use plastic pollution (which adversely affects our environment), we use recyclable or reusable paper packaging wherever possible.
Our current packaging:
- Glassine bags are 100% reusable and recyclable, since they are 100% biodegradable paper. Glassine does not contain silicone or poly additives or coatings, and is acid-free, archival and humidity resistant, making it perfect packing for our giclee prints and greeting cards.
- Jiffy Rigi mailers are made from recycled paper and can be recycled.
- Compostable bags and mailers: our compostable zip-lock bags are perfect for re-use and home composting. They are not fully transparent but are clear enough to see your order.
- As original artworks are expensive, most of them will be packaged in waterproof polypropylene (PP) bags. We encourage our customers to re-use any protective plastic packaging in your parcel. In addition, we will be re-using any plastic we receive, so customers may receive merchandise wrapped in re-used plastic.
We hope in the future to be able to package our artwork and merchandise in 100% environmentally-friendly packaging, but until such a time, please compost, re-use and recycle your packaging.
PLEASE NOTE: in stores, polypropylene (PP) bags or biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) bags are necessary to protect art products. All our products are accompanied by a friendly reminder to re-use these bags so they do not contribute to single-use plastic pollution.
"I purchased a fantail card and was extremely happy with the quality of the card and how beautifully it was presented. I couldn't actually bring myself to write in it, so instead I ended up framing it. The process of getting it was easy and straightforward. Being in Christchurch, I particularly appreciate having the pick-up option in Christchurch."
"I couldn’t be happier with the gorgeous set of 4 cards I ordered. They are beautifully printed, each comes with a lovely envelope and they were sent in a timely fashion once ordered. The cards are so beautiful that I think I will frame them rather than parting with them. Thank you Betty, they are gorgeous!"
“I’ve loved Auntie Betty’s artwork since I was first introduced to it several years ago, and I am always excited to see new pieces and designs. As someone who loves nature, the beautiful details of her illustrations never fail to make me happy! The set of native flora and fauna greeting cards made lovely Christmas cards for friends and family. The quality of the cards was excellent, they arrived very promptly, and were carefully packaged to arrive in pristine condition. I very much look forward to my next purchase!”
"I bought 3 cards to give to my loved ones who share a love of birds. I feel there is love and appreciation for our native wildlife and environment through Auntie Betty's artwork and business - they arrived in biodegradable and recycled packaging. They were also sent and arrived promptly - perfect for those fast-approaching celebrations!"