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Peat and Annie

April 26, 2023


Phoam Labs

A new book titled, Fen, Bog & Swamp by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Annie Proulx, inspires a deeper look into the history of peat land destruction and its role in the climate crisis. For this reason we are excited to explore what we believe the huge potential for our foams to be used as a sustainable substrate in controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

Peat, one of the main substrates used in CEA, is facing increasing sustainability challenges. The UK has announced a total ban from 2030 and Europe is moving in that direction.

From Floral Daily, an online website and meeting place for the international horticultural industry:

Although it originated in England, the trend is beginning to spread to other European countries. "There is a real awareness about the importance of preserving peatlands... Generally speaking, the horticultural sector is heading towards peat-free potting soil."

If you want to read more about the increasing popularity of peat-free potting soil, check out this further reading:

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