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How to start a sustainable, affordable garden – right now
It might be winter, but there’s plenty to do: our expert on how to start a small, climate-friendly garden from scratch

Matt Collins

13, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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New York governor legalizes human composting after death
State becomes sixth to pass legislation since 2019 and gives New Yorkers access to an alternative, green method of burial

Edward Helmore in New York and agencies

01, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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‘It’s greenwash’: most home compostable plastics don’t work, says study
Materials put into domestic compost are failing to disintegrate after six months – the only solution is to use less

Phoebe Weston

03, Nov, 2022 @8:00 AM

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You be the judge: should my partner get rid of our lockdown wormery?
Leandra thinks the worms’ leftover food is an issue. Cindy says they should both celebrate life growing on their balcony. We invite you to dig out a solution

Georgina Lawton

28, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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New York City kicks off borough-wide curbside composting for the first time
Waste, not: the organic waste program being piloted in Queens will automatically provide the service to its 2.2 million residents

Meghan McDonough with photos by Rengim Mutevellioglu

09, Oct, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Rats to the rescue: could pesky rodents finally get New Yorkers composting?
Campaigners hope to harness revulsion at booming rat numbers to expand composting services throughout the city and cut waste

Will Peischel

16, Sep, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘An easy solution for our waste’: DIY worm farming hits UK homes
Social enterprise wins grant to send out composting worms that can turn waste into high-grade fertiliser

Amelia Hill

09, Jan, 2022 @3:42 PM

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Peat-based compost used by UK public bodies despite proposed ban
Forestry England among organisations still buying peat, which is UK’s biggest natural store of CO2

Donald Campbell

22, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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A growing concern: peat is bad for the planet – and for plants
It contains little to no nutrients and requires constant work. There’s simply no reason to continue using peat

James Wong

06, Jun, 2021 @7:15 AM

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Australian dogs poo the weight of the Sydney Harbour Bridge each month. Where should it go?
Pathogenic and methane-producing, poo is the worst part of pet ownership. But in South Australia, a group of enterprising pet owners are piloting solutions

Natalie Parletta

10, Apr, 2021 @8:00 PM

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The Guardian view on peat: keep it in the ground | Editorial
Editorial: A target for phasing out its use in gardens was missed last year, and campaigners are right to demand action


08, Apr, 2021 @5:44 PM

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Climate-concerned gardeners demand UK ban on peat compost
Exclusive: voluntary approach to ‘environmental travesty’ is an abject failure, say Alan Titchmarsh and others

Damian Carrington Environment editor

02, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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