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Burt’s Bees Founder Still a Maverick at Age 79

Posted By Katie Levingston On July 17, 2014 @ 4:27 pm In Entertainment | No Comments

Burt's Bees Hand Salve [1]Burt Shavitz, the 79-year-old founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, lives the life of a recluse. And he’s very happy about it.

“There’s no noise,” Shavitz, 79, told the New York Times [2] by way of describing his 40-acre spread in northern Maine. “There’s no children screaming. There’s no people getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning and trying to start their car and raising hell. Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is mine.”

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Burt’s Buzz [4], a new documentary, chronicles the retired [5] beekeeper’s unconventional success in the business world. Shavitz turned in his life as a photojournalist in New York City for a peaceful existence near the beehive. While he later sold his share in the company and no longer keeps bees, he still acts as a spokesperson for the personal care company he founded. He lives frugally, uses a wood stove and has no running hot water.

He’s living the life he always knew he wanted from a young age, when he first went to Maine. “There were all these lakes, ponds and streams, and zero restrictions,” he said. “I promised myself that one day I was going to come back. That’s what I did.”

The documentary is screening in select theaters [6].

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[2] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/garden/burt-shavitz-the-worlds-most-famous-retired-beekeeper.html?_r=0

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[4] Burt’s Buzz: http://burtsbuzzdoc.com/#home

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[6] screening in select theaters: http://burtsbuzzdoc.com/#screenings

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[9] WesportWiki via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt%27s_Bees#mediaviewer/File:Burt%27s_Bees_Hand_Salve,_Sep_2012.JPG

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