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Growing Media Initiative (GMI)

The Growing Media Initiative is a scheme developed by the HTA in conjunction with the Growing Media Association, DIY and Garden Centre retailers, Defra and the Royal Horticultural Society to reduce the amount of peat used in amateur bagged growing media.

GMI

Membership of the Growing Media Initiative provides companies with access to a nationally recognised brand which demonstrates to the end consumer that they are environmentally conscious and committed to reducing the level of peat contained in UK retail bagged growing media.

The 8 Steps Guide to Membership explains the clear and easy path for retailers to join the GMI scheme.

Member companies, after passing an independent annual audit, are awarded a grade of GMI membership based on the average peat content of the UK retail bagged growing media they manufacture or sell to the end consumer.

• Gold GMI membership is awarded to those businesses which have achieved 90% + peat free status
• Full GMI membership is awarded to those businesses which have achieved 55% +  peat free status 
• Provisional GMI membership is awarded to those businesses which are committed to achieving 90% + peat free status and are currently operating at a minimum of 20% replacement in retail products

Gold and Full GMI members are allowed to use the 'member of the growing media initiative' logo on product that contains 50% peat or less by volume which is manufactured under own-brand labelling and meets the full requirements of the GMI Rules and Procedures, file attached below.

Current members include:

Gold:  Melcourt, Vital Earth
Full:  Aylett Nurseries, B&Q, Homebase, Notcutts, Westland Horticulture, White Moss Horticulture, Bord na Mona
Provisional: Dobbies, Scotts Miracle-Gro

Gold and Full GMI members are allowed to use the "member of the growing media initiative" logo on products that contain 50% peat or less by volume which is manufactured under own-brand labelling and meets the full requirements of the GMI Rules and Procedures.

For further information please contact the HTA on 0118 930 3132.

Email: info@the-hta.org.uk

 

 



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