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Mandrake Apothecary is carbon-balanced!

Posted in carbon balanced, mandrake apothecary, news, TerraPass with tags , , on May 4, 2008 by scentedwench

A couple weeks ago, I signed on with Terrapass in order to balance out the carbon ye olde Mandrake generates. It was not easy figuring out how much we generate, and I think this is something that makes it hard to take people seriously when they say they’re carbon-balanced or carbon neutral, or whatever.

In the end, I calculated the carbon for what me and the BF and cats generate passive (electricty and gas useage in our abode), what is generated when BF commutes to work in his tiny buttless wonder car (I commute by bike, so…), when he gives me a ride to the PO, if we go buy groceries, etc. And then I added a ton of delivery truck, trucking fleet, and airline travel (not to mention commuting by bus/train) in some attempt to offset the distance that my aromatics travel to me, then the distance they travel via USPS, or pack turtle, or slow boat to China, et al. Shockingly, it still was not much carbon.

Of course, I’m relieved.

In coming months, we’re going to be outfitting ourselves with solar in order to power all our appliances with the sun.

So far, I think that Mandrake Apothecary is the only carbon-balanced perfumery in the US, maybe the world? I’m not sure.

But I’m very very excited!