Burt's Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz is the focus of a new documentary titled “Burt's Buzz” debuting in select cities on Friday. In it, he opens up about his life and what he says led to his departure from the company. The Associated Press via ABC News shared the details on Wednesday.
Many made the assumption that the Burt's Bees co-founder left the company to go back to a quiet life in Maine. However, Shavitz says that's not the case. Rather, he says he was forced out by Roxanne Quimby, the Burt's Bees co-founder, after he had an affair with one of the company's employees.
However, the 79-year-old doesn't seem to mind the life he's living now as a result of it all. He says, “In the long run, I got the land, and land is everything.” He adds that “money is nothing really worth squabbling about,” and he has no regret. Shavitz shares that “The bottom line is she's got her world and I've got mine, and we let it go at that.”
Huffington Post shares that the company started as a chance meeting when Shavitz was selling honey and Quimby was hitchhiking and happened to meet him. She started making products using his beeswax, and Burt's Bees was born. The company eventually moved to North Carolina and grew extensively, then Shavitz was pushed out, as he words it.
Though the Burt's Bees co-founder sounds content with his life, he does still have some strong words when it comes to Roxanne Quimby. He says she wanted power and money, and he was “just a pillar on the way to that success.” Granted Quimby, who received more than $300 million when the company was ultimately sold, doesn't entirely agree with Shavitz on how things played out.
“Burt's Buzz” showcases the complex man that Burt Shavitz is. While he loves his quiet life, he also embraces new experiences and travel. Director Jody Shapiro says he's an “authentic character,” and she wonders sometimes if she ends up trying to make him more complicated than he really is. Ultimately, the Burt's Bees co-founder says he never was an ambitious person and he's content with what he has in his life now.