Uses of peat

Matti Hilli

After Wise Use – The Future of Peatlands, Proceedings of the 13th International Peat Congress: Invited Papers

Tullamore, Ireland

nature, peat, peatlands

Hilli 2008: Uses of peat


Our existence on this planet is based on the resources of nature. We need oxygen, water and food to survive. In some places there is also a need for heating and warm clothing. The only real input to this system is solar radiation, which causes many phenomena and promotes life. One resource that we have learned to utilize in various ways is provided by mires and peatlands. The tradition of using these areas and the material they offer is thousands of years old. Currently, many aspects must be taken into account when thinking of the uses of peat.