Peat-free compost save animals and the environment

Peat is popular component of composts. However, it is dug out from moorland that provides an important habitat for endangered species and also stores huge amounts of carbon. For this reason, since 2013 we have not used any peat in our own label composts.

Moorland landscapes have been protected in Switzerland since the 1980s, as they are not only an important refuge for flora fauna, but also store large quantities of CO2. Moorland also has cultural and historical importance, conserving pollen, seeds, plants and heavy metals for millennia. As such, it is a source of information on the development of the climate, vegetation and people of a region. Therefore, the removal of peat from, and construction of buildings on moorland are no longer permitted here in Switzerland. Despite this, around 150’000 tonnes of peat enter Switzerland each year.

Peat-free soil protects moorland
Peat-free soil protects moorland

Gardening – but without peat

For the reasons cited, since 2013 we have not used any peat in our own label composts. Our Oecoplan range also includes peat-free compost that has been awarded the Bio Suisse bud. We have also persuaded the brand manufacturers who supply us to reduce the percentage of peat. The current proportion of peat in our overall range of soils is still 4.8 percent (as of 2016). This means that peat is now only used in a handful of special products for which there is no alternative. By 2019 we aim to do without peat entirely – and we made a commitment to this effect to the WWF.

Coop Press Newspaper 6 March 2012

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