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Plant your pants for soil health (yes, really)

Words by Abi Scaife

A charity is calling on people to start planting their undies.

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Called ‘Plant Your Pants’, the campaign is organised by The Country Trust, a charity that is trying to encourage people to explore the world beneath their feet. 

So, today is all about ‘planting’ your cotton underwear and then leaving it hidden for two months, before digging it up. The Country Trust has an interactive UK soil health map that anyone can contribute to, so we can all see how healthy the soil is in our vicinity.

But how does planting your pants indicate soil health?

Healthy soil is alive with living organisms and will help break down, or degrade cotton faster than soil with low levels of microbial life. 

Soil health is essential to all of us - from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the carbon that is stored. 95% of the food we eat is produced in soil, but often we don’t think about the earth we walk on when talking about planet health.

It is hoped that this campaign will give valuable insight into the health of our soil, as well as encouraging people to reconnect with the world beneath them!

If you’re interested in getting involved, you can see information about the Plant Your Pants campaign on The Country Trust website. 

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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