Dear Mr. Hagedorn,

You killed my compost worms

B. Lorraine Smith
10 min readSep 6, 2022

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Houseplants enjoying the summer days on my fire escape, encouraged by the rich nutrients that come from the castings of my worms, in the composters just off to the right of this image. (Image by me.)

I am pretty sure you didn’t mean to. As the CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro, it’s clear you are doing a lot to address the negative impacts of your products.

I realize this is a tough time for the company, financially speaking.

The thing is, I think those two things are related — that you killed my worms, and that you’ve had to lay people…

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B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/