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A surprising sustainability story…

For a while now, I’ve been conscious of the need to use peat-free compost to help protect the planet. I’m no expert but I know that peat is a highly unsustainable material and its extraction bad for the environment in several ways: primarily, peat bogs store carbon and its mining releases a load of CO2 into the atmosphere; bad news for obvious reasons. Beyond this, peat grows really slowly and can’t be replaced as fast as it’s removed. The mining process therefore breaks down important ecosystems, thus ruining the habitat of many rare species and destroying biodiversity. That’s enough reasons to put anyone with half a care for the planet off from using peat-based compost!

The problem is, peat-free compost is slightly harder to come by and almost invariably pricier than the bog-standard stuff (see what I did there?!). Thinking I’d have to order online because you don’t tend to see it in the usual places, I was amazed to discover yesterday that Aldi was selling peat-free compost at £1.99 a bag!

These bargain bags claim to be ‘approx 40L when mixed’ – I’m not sure what that means but it’s a little dubious – I’d suggest there’s about 20L in there by normal compost-measuring standards. That’s probably a third of the price of any other equivalent products I’ve seen online.

I’ve yet to put this stuff to use so time will tell whether it’s any good. I see mixed reviews online but the same can be said for a whole host of other brands, many of which are much more expensive. My mind is open!

In another eco-friendly double-whammy, I managed to collect and transport no less than four bags of this stuff on the e-bike! After an embarrassing false start attempting to carry them all on the back, this 2-front-2-back configuration was just about stable enough to make it the mile or so across town home. Phew! Another good reason that Tern named this bike for its ability to Get Stuff Done.

What planet-saving adventures have you been on lately? Have you discovered any gardening bargains, experienced any blunders or carried any abnormal loads by bike? I’d love to hear your stories! Comment here 🙂

2 thoughts on “A surprising sustainability story…”

  1. Very impressive Lauren! I have to admit, I do not know much about compost due to my lack of gardening but great to see low cost options which are environmentally friendly are available. Additionally, one proven way to make change is by demonstrating with our buying power what we want as a society! Appears there is definitely a demand for it. Personally, I continue to compost and look to reduce what I am recycling by using local grocers as much as possible to buy fruit & veg loose compared to all the excessive packaging found at the major grocery stores. What will you be using this peat for?!

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  2. This will be for potting all our veggie seeds as well as digging into beds for when we plant out! I’d like to make my own compost but don’t have a suitable space to do so currently (frustrating as my area also doesn’t have a food waste collection – local council needs go get with the times!)

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