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Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint lives and breathes sustainability, and so much more… We champion diversity, body positivity, inclusivity, climate action, slow living, DIY and social justice. We care deeply about not just elevating others making change, but actually making a difference ourselves.

We are much more than just the stories we tell.

Our quarterly print magazine is printed at an ISO 14001 printer in Sydney on 50% recycled, PEFC-certified, carbon neutral paper that is made in Australia.

Our subscriptions are sent plastic-free in paper envelopes, an initiative that we are very proud of (and that took a lot of work to get right!). This has prevented over 30,000 plastic wraps going to landfill so far. For every new subscription, we plant a tree through our partners at One Tree Planted. All online orders are sent in Hero Compostable mailers or paper envelopes.

So far we have donated over $25,000 to social and environmental charities, we sponsor a granny in Cambodia from the Cambodian Children’s Fund, and are one of the founding members of Groundwell – a climate action and advocacy giving group.

Our office is powered through Diamond Energy Pure Plus and is 100% GreenPower accredited. Diamond Energy sources 100% of our metered electricity consumption in renewable energy from GreenPower accredited renewable energy generators. This GreenPower is then added to the grid on our behalf.

The Peppermint office is stocked with reusable smoothie cups, takeaway containers, cutlery and coffee cups and we recycle all consumables where possible (paper, printer ink and any courier delivery packaging).

Carbon Neutral Status

Here at Peppermint, we have been Carbon Neutral for several years, but are proud to say we have just undertaken an extensive audit through CRI to find out exactly what our carbon footprint is. We are now happy to say that we are 100% Certified Carbon Neutral with complete certainty of the emissions we are offsetting.

It was determined by CRI that the total greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and activities was 37.33 tonnes of CO2e (tCO2e) over the previous 12-month period. The majority of this comes from the printing of the magazine which totals 29.05 tCO2e. Embodied emissions associated with the paper stock consumed were discounted due to our use of carbon-neutral certified paper. We also run our office on 100% Certified GreenPower which helps to reduce our footprint too. Peppermint have chosen to offset their emissions through the Cookstoves in Developing Nations project.

We’ve very proud of the work we have been doing at Peppermint to not only share the stories of people doing good in the good but to ensure our own story matters too.

What does NoCO2 Certification mean?

By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, Peppermint Magazine is certified as a Carbon Neutral Business by CRI; can be promoted and marketed as such and can display the NoCO2 Logo issued by CRI. To achieve this status and become carbon neutral Peppermint Magazine undertook the following process:

  1. Commissioned a NoCO2 audit from CRI to measure their carbon footprint for FY2020. CRI’s NoCO2 audit follows the standards outlined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (1), in addition to the international standard ISO 14064.1 (2).
  2. Have committed to offset their unavoidable emissions through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Gold Standard, and
  3. Committed to ongoing annual auditing of their emissions.

What Carbon Credit Projects does Peppermint Magazine purchase offsets from?

Developing Nations Cookstoves

The Cookstoves in Developing Nations project disseminates efficient wood and charcoal cookstoves throughout to reduce dependency on traditional biomass fuels. By replacing traditional cookstoves with fuel-efficient stoves in households and restaurants, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, relieves pressure on local forests, and assists in reducing the incidence of chronic respiratory disease, improving livelihoods in poor communities.

Cookstoves in Developing Nations sources carbon credits from Africa, Central & South America, China, and Southeast Asia.

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