We all know who he is: the image of the part-hippie, part mountain man who graces the packages of bee’s wax at the check-out counter.

His real name is Burt Shavitz. He lives alone in a small house that he built in northern Maine. It doesn’t have electricity or running water.

Shavits started Burt’s Bees, but he doesn’t own any part of the company any more. He’s retired from beekeeping because, he says, his back won’t allow him to do it.

A documentary film about him is just out, and below is the trailer.



The New York Times has this article and conversation about Burt. You might want to take a look.


A quiet conversation with the founder of Burt�s Bees.

Burt Shavitz, the World’s Most Famous Retired Beekeeper

A quiet conversation with the founder of Burt’s Bees.