Watch out for the new Responsible Sourcing Scheme
Ever wondered whether the raw materials in a bag of compost are responsibly sourced or are damaging to the environment? Evergreen Garden Care takes its environmental footprint seriously, which is why we are a supporter of the move away from peat and an accredited member of the newly launched Responsible Sourcing Scheme, developed by DEFRA and the industry.
Peat has always been an important ingredient in compost mixes, however it is accepted that peat bogs are a valuable asset to help absorb carbon within the atmosphere, so extraction needs to stop. Evergreen Garden Care has plans in place to remove all mixes containing peat for both its Miracle-Gro® and Levington® composts by 2024 and 2025 respectively. 2021 saw the launch of comprehensive ranges of peat free products.
To make it easier for our customers to select the bag of compost that meets their environmental aspirations, our packaging will start to feature the following logos on the front and back of pack…
The QR code takes you to an industry website, which shows all of the ratings by manufacturer. An ‘A’ rating demonstrates the lowest impact to the environment, whilst an ‘E’ has the highest impact. Not surprisingly, peat tends to either be a ‘D’ or ‘E’ rating.
To find out how the ratings are calculated, read our article sustainable sourcing compost. By moving away from peat this means that the new ingredients in your compost will start to look and feel very different to what we are all used to. Yet at Evergreen Garden Care our research and development team have been working extremely hard to ensure that peat free composts do not compromise on quality. To find out more read our article your compost is changing.