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 overall proportion of peat in our soil range is currently down to 8 per cent, and we have expressed our commitment to WWF that we will reduce this figure to a maximum of 5 per cent by 2016. This means that peat will then only be used in special products with no alternative.