When purchasing compost, do you ever think about whether it’s peat or peat free compost? Peat is a finite resource and our earth and wildlife depends on it. We’re extracting peat at the rate of 220 times faster than it takes for it to form. It Forms at 1mm per year and we’re extracting 22cm per year. If peat extraction continues at this rate then we’ll soon have no peatland left. Peat bogs help keep emissions from the atmosphere, provide a habitat for rare plants and are a lifeline for our wildlife.
The infographic below highlights the effects of peat extraction, it details how we can do our bit by considering alternative methods.
The infographic comes from compost specialists Compost Direct suppliers of a wide range of peat-free solutions including mulch and soil conditioner.