The beautiful Garden design shirts are created with a process called "Dye Sublimation." This process can only be printed on white polyester material. The design never fades.
These quick dry - moisture-wicking shirts are perfect for outdoor activities as well as everyday wear.
This is not the polyester of the old days.
Angela studied Horticulture and Earth Science at Palm Beach State college with Environmental Issues in Horticulture making the biggest impression. She's an active member of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Native Plant Society, Local and State Beekeepers Associations, and Mount's Botanical Garden. She has a meetup group "Gardening for Wildlife-Native Landscaping" and the Facebook group "Landscaping for Pollinators.”
Outside was where you would find Angela and her two sisters while growing up in rural South Florida. After school and summers were spent climbing trees, building forts, and tracking through the woods in the surrounding neighborhood. From the tree tops to the canal banks, the beaches, and the parks no area was left un-explored.
As an adult, none of this has changed. Vacations are filled with camping, canoeing, snorkeling, and hiking the many parks throughout Florida and the United States. From the Everglades to Yosemite National Park, the Grand Canyon to the Smokey Mountains and all parks in between.
Loving nature is ingrained in her life and helping where there is a need is a natural instinct. There was never a plan to become an advocate for pollinators….it just happened.
On a cool spring day in 2013, while Angela was working and weeding the vegetable garden, a honeybee buzzed in to pollinate the zucchini blooms that were right near her hands. With no regard to her, the bee just went about its business then left just as quickly as it had come in. Angela sat back and looked around. There were honeybees everywhere pollinating away. She hadn’t even noticed them until that moment. There they were, collecting nectar to feed their colony and inadvertently providing the service of pollination along the way. “They are remarkable” she exclaimed to herself. “Such little heroes of the garden, too bad they are not appreciated for what they do.”
That’s when it popped into her head – the vision of a honeybee in a beautiful garden scene. As she visualized it more, she saw the honeybee spotlighted as the hero. Days went by and the vision stayed with her, so she began to draw. Thoughts of sayings kept going through her head as well. Bee Real, Bee Calm, Bee Responsible and she thought they would make great shirt designs! But how? With no money to put the idea into action many months went by, but the vision never dulled.
Knowing the screen print and direct to garment (DTG) printing industry, Angela knew the brilliant colors envisioned could not be accomplished by those two methods. However, discovering another method called Dye Sublimation changed everything. This process allowed for the brilliant colors AND they could be processed one at a time instead of in large batches. With this information her dream looked more attainable. Now began the struggle to get the visions translated to a graphic artist who could create them. It took over a year. It was when she discovered Fiverr, a website that gives artists a platform to sell their services, that she found the artist that goes by the handle “nuralqamar.” She was able to translate the garden vision perfectly. Scraping together the money to pay her and get the design done took some time. The honeybee was another problem. Nuralqamar was not good at “bugs,” so another search on Fiverr found “rafaelpe,” the perfect match to create the honeybee. Finally, four years after that spring day in her garden, the two designs were combined and her vision became a reality. She wore her shirt proudly and received great feedback so five more designs were created with different colorful scenes and on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, she launched Justifiedbee.com - Apparel with a Buzz.
She’s using the business as a way to give attention to issues such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as well as declining pollinator habitats. Justified Bee also sponsors events that celebrate, inform, and educate about the importance of honeybees and other pollinators.
Angela chose Pollinator Partnership to be the recipient of 15% of profits from the sale of the shirts. This non-profit 501(c)3 organization is the largest in the world whose mission is “To promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.”