Across the pond, the U.K. has banned the sale of peat and peat products by 2024 in an effort to protect peatlands, Earth’s biggest carbon sink. Even though peatlands cover just 3 percent of the planet, they store more than twice the carbon as the world’s forests. (For more on why we should all stop buying and using peat-based soils and composts, see Just Say No to Peat: It’s Time to Rethink the Compost and Soil You Buy.) But here in the U.S., the conversation around the harm of harvesting peat has only just begun, and if you’re trying to be an eco-minded gardener and use peat-free garden products, you may have a hard time sourcing them. Recently, though, we’ve noticed more peat-free potting soil on the market. (Hallelujah!) Here, some options:
For more on sustainable gardening, see:
- Ask the Expert: 5 Tips for a Sustainable Garden from Landscape Architect Marian Boswall
- A Greener Indoor Garden: 9 Best Practices for Sustainable Houseplants
- The Garden Decoder: What Is ‘Permaculture’?