Co-op aims to enable gardeners to do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by committing to only sell peat-free, bagged compost in their stores.

The move supports Co-op’s environmental commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to tackle the climate crisis and sees the sale of peat-based compost being banned entirely from stores.

Co-op partners with Westland, which has spent £ 35 million in research and investment to develop a quality product specially formulated to “grow” a culture of more sustainable gardening, and is introducing New Horizon peat-free compost to over 1,100 of its grocery stores and forecourts that sell compost in time for spring.

Co-op has halved its greenhouse gas emissions in the decade from 2006 and announced plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science, including reducing emissions from operations by an additional 50 percent between 2016 and 2025. The retailer has implemented measures including sourcing only 100 percent renewable electricity for all cooperative stores, offices and funeral homes.

Nicky O’Malley, Head of Corporate Partnerships at RSPB, said, “It’s great to see the cooperative removing peat from all the compost it sells and leading the way to better gardening.

“Moors are special places for plants and birds and need this protection from exploitation.

“We look forward to continuing to support Co-op in its ambitious environmental commitments to address the climate and biodiversity crisis.”

Martin Spencer, Home and Leisure Buyer at Co-op, said, “We want our members and customers to be able to make small changes in their daily lives that together make a big difference to our environment.

“We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products and services and we continue to seek new and collaborative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is essential for the passing on of a healthy, sustainable natural environment to future generations. ”

Just in time for spring, the peat-free bagged compost from New Horizon was launched in stores from last month, including the peat-free tomato planter from New Horizon and the peat-free compost in pack sizes of 20 l and 50 l.