When it comes to building superior hives with real benefits for bees and beekeepers alike, picking our materials was a key factor. We decided every Tapcomb® hive needed to be made from something that was not only sustainable, but had practical benefits, as well.
After a lot of testing, wood composite was the clear winner.
Wood composite (WPC) is a material derived from leftover chips and fibers from wood mills. These tiny bits of “waste” wood are then combined with recycled plastic to make a high-quality product.
After rigorous testing, we settled on a mix featuring 70% wood and 30% recycled plastic and coupling agents. The result is strong, durable, recyclable material. Best of all, no new tree will ever be chopped down to manufacture a Tapcomb® hive.
Thanks to Tapcomb's® new wood composite, you won't need to treat your hive beforehand, you'll get significantly less warping than you'd get with traditional wood, which means less maintenance on a hive built to hold its shape for years to come. Wood composite is also less susceptible to fungal attack, decay and rot.
Compared to wood, WPC is much more water resistant. This improved water resistance allows the bees to keep a stable moisture level in the hive.
We choose WPC with high wood content in order to get the same great thermal insulation properties wood is renowned for. Better thermal insulation in both hot and cold weather makes it easier for bees to regulate the hive temperature, reducing the stress on them and need for more food.