The responsible soucing scheme enables retailers, growers and manufacturers to make the best informed decisions about different constituent formulations, maximising the environmental and social benefits, as well as considering cost.

The aim of the scheme is:

" To ensure growing media is made from materials that are sourced and manufactured in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible."

Use of any materials, in any industry, will have an impact on the environment we live in, and the people involved in their manufacture. This industry-led scheme is an example of how UK horticulture actively seeks to improve its sustainability. Sourcing materials responsibly is about making deliberate, educated choices to minimise those impacts, but there is also a need to constantly revisit and challenge thresholds in order to maintain best practice.