We created a comprehensive strategy for eliminating neonicotinoids from our plant supply chain.
- In 2014, we stopped selling any retail pesticides with neonicotinoids.
- In 2015, we are requiring all vendors this year to disclose the use of any neonicotinoids in nursery or plant-able products. Any vendor using neonicotinoids should label them “Neonicotinoids applied. Caution around Pollinators.” We also require any vendors using neonicotinoids in nursery or bedding plants to submit a plan for minimizing the effects of their neonicotinoid applications on pollinators.
- In 2016, we will require all of our suppliers to provide plants not treated with neonicotinoids, with a few exceptions for specific plants such as poinsettias (typically placed indoors during the winter season), and blueberry bushes (which are subject to quarantine restrictions in some states). We will also be monitoring compliance by testing unlabeled plants using a third party certified laboratory.
Due to our efforts, the organizations Friends of the Earth and the Pesticide Research Institute have highlighted us in their annual report Growing Bee Friendly: Profiles In Innovation. The report cites examples of wholesale nurseries, retailers and institutions that are responding to consumer demand to protect bees. The report includes strategies and resources for other businesses to follow the lead of these innovative industry leaders.