B&Q rebuts new bedding packaging criticism

B&Q says its biodegradable pots, and coir bedding growing media, add up to a greener offering than conventional polystyrene packaging and peat.

Styropack said B&Q's green claims for its new packaging could be undermined if they took into account the cost of importing coir from the Indian sub-continent.

Coletta and Tyson has produced the new bedding packs that rot where they are planted, replacing old polystyrene packs. The bedding packs use 96-99 per cent peat free compost, with a coir base.

B&Q responded by saying the move to APET and coir to replace polystyrene and peat "was driven by our commitment to improving the sustainability of our business."

BioRegional, a sustainability company, has told B&Q, APET and coir has a lower carbon footprint than peat and polystyrene.

B&Q bedding buyer Ben Smith said: "With easyGrow Teabag Technology we're able to offer bedding plants that make it easier to get planting by removing the APET tray and popping the plant, contained in the coir-filled teabag straight into the soil."

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