The retailer is working with Westland, which has undertaken £35m of investment to develop a specially formulated high-quality product, and is rolling-out the New Horizon peat-free compost to its food stores and forecourts.
Martin Spencer, Co-op’s buyer for home and leisure, said: “We want to make it easier for our members and customers to make small changes in their everyday lives which, together, add up to making a big difference to our environment. We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our products and services, and looking for new and collaborative ways of working together with others to achieve those aims if we are to have a healthy, sustainable natural environment to pass on to future generations.”
Nicky O’Malley, head of corporate partnerships at RSPB, added: “It’s great to see the Co-op removing peat from all the composts it sells and leading the way to better gardening. Peatlands are special places for plants and birds and need this kind of protection from exploitation. We look forward to continuing to support Co-op with their ambitious environmental commitments to combat the climate and biodiversity crises.”
New Horizon peat-free compost to be sold at more than 1,100 Co-op stores, with products including New Horizon peat-free Tomato planter, and peat-free compost in 20L and 50L pack sizes.