National Trust calls for ban on products containing peat

National Trust organizations around the world are calling for a ban on the use of peat in compost as part of efforts to address the effects of climate change.

According to the National Trust, healthy peat bogs act as carbon sinks that trap carbon to help mitigate the effects of climate change, control flooding, and promote the vegetation that wildlife can call home.

Organizations from 19 countries – including Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Indonesia – are also calling on their eight million members to stop buying peat-based products and instead look for sustainable alternatives.

Hilary McGrady, director general of the National Trust, said: “We are all taking steps in our organizations to end the use of peat in our gardens and supply chains – but we cannot end this practice alone.

“That is why today, together with numerous international National Trust organizations, I call on our members to make a positive decision for the climate and nature when shopping in garden centers and to buy peat-free compost for use in their gardens and to check whether the plants that they have to buy are peat free.

“It is through this type of collective effort that we can unite in the fight against climate change.

“We also need the government to play its part by passing laws that prohibit the sale of peat-containing products.”

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