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    Default Please consider using COIR instead of peat moss

    <u>Coir – the Environment Friendly and Sustainable Alternative to Peat Moss</u>

    Did you know that peat moss is mined from wetlands and takes thousands of years to form? Mining peat moss is not sustainable and valuable wetlands are damaged in the process.

    There is an excellent alternative to peat moss called coir. Coir is a coarse fibre extracted from the fibrous outer shell of a coconut. Exported from countries like Sri Lanka, it is important there to the local economy.

    In horticulture, coir is recommended as substitute for peat because it is free of bacteria and fungal spores, and is sustainably produced without the environmental damage caused by peat mining.

    While initially a bit more expensive than peat moss, experience has shown that coir takes much longer to decompose, so it lasts longer and does not need to be applied as often.

    For more information please contact Clean North at (705) 945-1573 or info@cleannorth.org





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    Default Re: Please consider using COIR instead of peat moss

    Coir blocks will be available at the Green Side Up event on Saturday 23 August 2008

    Click here for more info:
    Green Side Up - Trees and Mulch Event - Sat 23 Aug

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    Default Re: Please consider using COIR instead of peat moss

    Some times the so call environmental minds blow my socks off, Ok so we should not use peat moss “Mining peat moss is not sustainable and valuable wetlands are damaged in the process” so lets ship in the fibrous outer shell of coconuts from countries like Sri Lanka, “ it is important there to the local economy”
    Well what about our CANADIAN economy? Thousands of Canadians earn a living in the Peat Moss industry.
    And what about the environmental impact of shipping coconut fiber from Sri Lanka, ships don’t run on coconut milk! And then it has to be transported from a costal port to central Canada by train or transport truck. Wow pull your heads out and take a look at the whole picture!

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