B&Q is harnessing teabag technology to help increase peat-free gardening products and remove 15 million polystyrene trays from a range of plant products.
From this month, B&Q will replace all polystyrene packaging across its range of bedding plants with a new teabag technology that is 100% recyclable and up to 95% peat-free.
As well as tackling the issue of non-recyclable polystyrene trays, which end up as non-degradable waste in UK landfills, the new teabag technology, called easyGrow, will see each bedding plant rooted in up to 95% peat-free compost.
According to B&Q and RSPB, who is supporting the move, peat-free gardening takes the pressure away from exploiting lowland peat bogs, which are vital for local wildlife.
In addition to taking a “thousand years for raised bogs to build up a metre depth of peat”, peat extraction is also a significant source of carbon emissions, releasing around 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
“As the largest garden retailer in the country, selling around 140 million bedding plants a year, we are keen to ensure our horticulture products have the lowest level of environmental impact possible,” said B&Q CSR director, Matt Sexton.
“In line with Defra’s voluntary targets, we are aiming to have removed peat form our horticultural products by 2030, I hope substantially before then, and this product will see us take a major step towards that goal by proving virtually peat free horticulture is becoming a mass market reality,” added Sexton.