Peat-free garden soils help to protect animals and the environment
While peat is a popular component of garden soils, it is extracted from moors that provide an important habitat for threatened species and also absorb huge quantities of carbon. For this reason, we stopped using any peat whatsoever in our own-label soil products from 2013.
Moorland in Switzerland has been protected since the 1980s. Not only does it provide valuable shelter for flora and fauna, it also absorbs large quantities of CO2, and is further significant from a historical perspective. It preserves pollen, seeds, plants and heavy metals over a period of millennia, providing us with answers to questions concerning the development of the climate, vegetation and people of a region. This explains why the extraction of peat from and construction on moorland is no longer permitted in Switzerland. Despite this, however, around 150,000 tonnes of peat find their way into Switzerland every year.
Enjoy your garden – but leave out the peat
For the reasons mentioned, we stopped using peat in any of our own-label soil products in 2013. Our Oecoplan brand includes peat-free soils that bear the Bio Suisse label, and we have also encouraged the manufacturers who supply us with their branded goods to reduce the proportion of peat used in these products. The current proportion of peat in our overall range of soils is down to 5 per cent (as at 2015). This means that peat is only used in special products where there is no alternative. By 2019 we aim to do without peat entirely – and we made a commitment to this effect to the WWF.