War on Plastic
The issue of plastic pots is one that we have been very conscious about recently. Currently, the majority of our plastic pots are not ones that you can put in your recycling bin. This is however going to change, as there are now more options available to us when buying the pots that our plants are grown in. This year we have started to phase out black plastic pots, in a bid to fight the war on plastic.
We are now starting to grow our plants in recyclable coloured plastic pots that are made from post consumable recycled material. They are 100% recyclable, and the raw material cycle is what they call a closed-loop. These pots can then be recycled kerbside by consumers. Look out for blue pots for our bedding plants range, herbs and vegetables. Grey pots are for all our shrubs, perennials and climbers
At Thompsons Garden Centres we strive to recycle plastic plant pots where possible. When our supplier delivers new pot's to our nurseries, old ones are collected for plastic recycling. Polystyrene and plastic carry trays are saved to be used in the nursery or for our customers to carry their purchases out to the car. After doing all we can to reuse pots and trays any surplus to requirements are recycled in the appropriate way.
Our nurseries are able to store rainwater in large tanks to enable us to reuse it on our plants. This has dramatically cut down our on-site usage.
At Thompson's, we are constantly striving to reduce our carbon footprint and any adverse effects that our business may have on the environment. Specifically, we are: Stocking a larger range of peat-free compost and growing media for 2021. Dealing only with suppliers dedicated to reducing the use of peat in their products. Providing information on our signage regarding peat content so customers can make reasoned and educated decisions.
We fully support the need to remove peat from amateur horticulture. We support the Growing Media Taskforce and will be working alongside our colleagues on its aims. There is a need to assist gardeners in making the transition from peat-based growing media and we believe this is possible by 2025, subject to the availability of quality peat-free composts to meet consumer demand.
We understand the challenge for the manufacturers, which will be to find sufficient quantities of the right materials necessary to replace peat so that quality growing media is available to everyone. Growers will need a level playing field with imported plants and material support from Government will be absolutely vital, in order for both to be achieved.
Gardening is a force for good in the population’s mental and physical health and, also, for the environment. The more people that are involved in gardening the more they are aware first-hand of the changes happening in the climate and, so, are more likely to respond positively to adjust the way they live.