There is no Planet B. All the more important that we do everything we can to take care of our beautiful planet. How do bogs all over the world influence the planet, where is the bog area that we at KALEA protect, and why is our compost a real bog savior?
It takes almost 1,000 years for 1 meter of bog to form. 1 meter of bog. Which can be degraded by us humans within a few hours. The moorlands in Germany originally covered an area of 1.5 million hectares, or 4.2 percent of the country's land area. The catastrophic thing? Today, 95 percent of them have been drained, peat has been removed, and they are now being used for agriculture, forestry or as building land.
All of this despite the fact that peatlands are so incredibly important for the climate. Peatlands store carbon dioxide, which, as we all know, is a terrible accelerator of the earth's heating and the climate crisis that accompanies it. But the moors have been systematically drained and mined for centuries - also for the use of peat. By the way, peat consists of dead plant remains that over time formed several meters thick layers of organic material under oxygen exclusion. Peat used to be a heating material and is still very often part of conventional potting soil as a "cheap substrate".
Since the founding of KALEA, we all agreed that we wanted to proactively contribute to climate protection with our work. Sure, with KALEA we ensure that organic waste continues to be used as a valuable resource and that important nutrients are preserved in the cycle, but at the same time we wanted to do even more.
Strong together: Nature Conservation Foundation Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried x KALEA
Thanks to our super successful crowdfunding campaign with people who supported us from all regions of the world, we were able to collect a considerable sum, which we have increased even further with subsequent activities. Others invest in trees, which is terrific. But we wanted to protect the soil. Some time ago we had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful operators at the Nature Conservation Foundation Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried. Since 2002, the German foundation has been working to save the second largest peatland in southwestern Germany.
With their help and thanks to the support of you, our great community, we have now bought another part of the moor in the Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried so that it can be rejuvenated. It is located in Upper Swabia near Lake Constance and is one of the largest connected moorland areas in southern Germany. The Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried is a drained mosaic of different moor types, which is to be restored to a moor-typical condition through large-scale renaturation measures and allowed to "heal". The process will take years. Due to the drainage of surrounding areas, the peat soils recover only very slowly - but we are confident. Thanks to the great work of the Nature Conservation Foundation Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried and the support of our crowdfunding backers, we can now offer the peatland one thing above all: The essential time and rest needed for regeneration. Nature can recover - if we just let it!
KALEA compost - more than "just" compost
In the future, you can also do something good for nature directly in your kitchen. Thanks to KALEA you can save your daily organic waste and continue to use this important resource. Our compost is also a great fertilizer alternative to potting and vegetable soil enriched with peat. Our brown “gold” allows you to forgo peat-based potting soil and nurture your green favorites with your own homemade, eco-friendly compost.
Image author MA = Margit Ackermann