Peat is a mush of partially-decayed vegetation and other organic matter and is a common ingredient in compost used in agriculture, domestic gardening and in the potting of houseplants. The problem is, peat only forms naturally in places like bogs, moors, and other peatlands and harvesting it has a significant environmental impact.
Peatlands are the most effective carbon sink on the planet. This means they're very good and absorbing and holding onto CO2. Harvesting peat releases vast amounts of this CO2 into the atmosphere, which has a huge impact on global climate change. In fact, a 2010 study found that peatland degradation accounted for almost 6% of all global carbon emissions!
Peatlands are also home to many rare plant and animal species due to the unique acidic environment created by the peat. The extraction of peat is a very destructive process and irreparably damages the natural habitat of snakes, dragonflies, mosses and other species.
What we do
From day one, we committed to only use 100% peat-free compost in all our products. But it turns out, the specialist compost that cacti and succulents need to thrive, isn't widely available without peat. That's why we developed our own!
Dr. T's Succulent Compost is completely peat-free and is finely tuned to keep succulents, cacti, and other houseplants happy and healthy. Every cacti and succulent we sell is potted in it and we also sell Dr. T's Succulent Compost by the bag so you can use it to re-pot any that you have at home. Find it at any of our markets or contact us to arrange a larger order.
In the UK we consume more than 5 million tonnes of plastic and less than a quarter of that gets recycled. Waste plastic has a huge environmental impact as it either sits for hundreds of years in landfill, is incinerated, or pollutes land and waterways where it has a devastating impact on wildlife.
The production of virgin plastic is also a hugely energy-intensive process which in itself contributes to global climate change and the depletion of natural resources.
Plastic plant pots specifically are a problem as they are commonly made from 'hard plastics' which aren't collected by many local councils, including Bristol. This leads to most of them either piling-up in gardens and sheds or just being thrown in the wheelie bin to be dumped on landfill.
What We Do
At Little Green we're striving to become plastic-free. We sell all of our plants pre-potted in attractive, long-lasting and reusable terracotta or ceramic pots. This way we can ensure that any plastic pots used during their cultivation are either reused or recycled responsibly.
In addition, we offer a recycling service, inviting our customers to bring us their old plastic plant pots so that they may be reused or recycled and don't end up in landfill. Click here to find out more about our recycling scheme.
We also only use easily recyclable paper carrier bags, ensuring our customers get their lovely new plants home safely, but without contributing to the huge problem of plastic bag waste.
Little Green's base of operations is run almost entirely on clean, renewable energy.
During the day, our own rooftop solar panels get the kettle boiling and keep our potting hands warm. When the sun goes down, we pipe-in clean, renewable energy from Ecotricity.
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