The historic 1854 Twenty Mile House – a former stagecoach stop – is a stunning and secluded eco-estate on a 200-acre riverside property, surrounded by the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains. For over 150 years, the Twenty Mile House charming guest house and private cabins have hosted eco-weddings and provided a haven for those looking for a truly relaxing getaway from their busy lives.  

For the past five years, Twenty Mile House also has participated in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing almost 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by supporting’s clean air technology, forest preservation and carbon emissions reduction projects.  To date, this sustainability program has reduced the same quantity of greenhouse gases as are sequestered by planting almost 4500 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for ten years.      

The Twenty Mile House Eco-Wedding packages include use of the spectacular grounds, featuring lush forest, beautiful gardens, serene creeks, flowing rivers and star-filled sky.  Dining options include organic and locally-sourced options, and the wedding staff helps couples create the destination wedding experience that best suits their dreams.  The Twenty Mile House offers an onsite Wedding Fair for couples who have booked their wedding date or are interested in learning more about the eco-wedding options.  For families and visitors, the list of activities in extensive, featuring local hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, golf and winter skiing.   

Twenty Mile House marries back-to-nature experiences with environmental responsibility, and congratulates the staff on their fifth year as a Carbonfree® Business Partner.

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Toronto-based Counting Opinions takes seriously its responsibilities to its customers and to its own operational sustainability.  Since 2011, the company has participated in the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program, neutralizing over 470,000 pounds of greenhouse gases by supporting clean air technology and carbon emissions reduction projects around the world.  These emissions reductions have the same environmental impact as avoiding the use of over 24,000 gallons of gasoline.    

“We live in an ever-increasingly complex, global macrocosm. Evidence clearly indicates that humanity is negatively impacting global climate,” states Frank Biss, VP Sales and Operations at Counting Opinions.  “As such, each and every one of us has a responsibility to minimize our negative impacts and find ways to more effectively co-exist with nature. The consequences of not doing so are catastrophic. in our view exemplifies these most urgent efforts.”

Counting Opinions provides organizations in the libraries community with innovative, comprehensive, cost-effective ways to capture, manage and measure performance data, including open-ended customer feedback, qualitative and quantitative data, trends, benchmarks, outcomes and peer comparisons.  Its applications work across all browsers and platforms; are fully hosted in a secure professionally managed IT facility; and require minimal or no customer IT involvement.

Counting Opinions is a true "virtual" company - all staff members work from their respective homes, thus eliminating the carbon dioxide produced and time consumed by daily trips to and from the office.  The staff utilizes only electronic communications, minimizing the need for printed documents and conduct sales and support calls by either telephone or electronically, thereby minimizing the company’s "travel footprint."  Each year, Counting Opinions makes a donation to to neutralize remaining operational emissions that it cannot eliminate.  In our opinion, these actions count, and Counting Opinions is leading the performance data and customer feedback technology field with its continued commitment to sustainability.


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At, we love it when our business partners take our motto seriously and put it into action.  We’ve been touting “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t™” for almost a dozen years, and many of our business partners have joined us in these efforts.  It's easy to talk the talk, but they walk the walk as well. 

Five-year Carbonfree® Business Partner Original Moxie is a great example.   They create every product they offer and have a very personal stake in whether each ingredient is safe to use – for customers and for the planet.  Whenever possible, Original Moxie uses organic, unrefined ingredients, so as to maximize their uniquely beneficial properties and minimize the company’s carbon footprint.    

Original Moxie also understands that waste tends to pile up when you make something from scratch.   Whenever possible, they purchase tools and supplies that can be re-used without sacrificing hygiene and quality.  From glass droppers for essential oils to cotton towels for cleaning up, Original Moxie strives to minimize the amount of disposable items used to create products.  All paper, plastic and glass that cannot be re-used is responsibly recycled, and all product containers are easily-recyclable plastics.  All retail customers receive their orders in USPS Priority Mail boxes, which have been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certification℠ for their ecologically-intelligent design. 

For everything that can't yet be reduced, recycled, or re-used, Original Moxie offsets its remaining carbon footprint by partnering with in supporting carbon emissions reduction projects. To date, Original Moxie has neutralized 395,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the same quantity as avoiding over 2 million pounds of waste decomposition in landfills. 

Whether your hair is curly or straight, Original Moxie’s natural hair care products will help you look your best, and you can feel good about a company that’s leading the beauty care industry in true environmental responsibility.

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For the past six years, Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distribution company in the United States, has augmented its commitment to “Lean and Green” operations by neutralizing carbon emissions associated with its National Sales Meeting.  Through this program, Benco Dental has mitigated the negative impact of almost 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to neutralizing emissions from driving a standard passenger car 6.4 billion miles, by supporting's clean air and carbon emissions reduction projects.      

A focus on the environment can be felt throughout Benco, starting with their CenterPoint headquarters in Pittston, PA, designed to meet and exceed USGBC guidelines and attain LEED certification.   The company’s “Go Green” program identifies its products that meet 10 criteria universally recognized as reducing a product’s environmental impact and designates the eco-friendly products with a green leaf. 

The Benco Dental “Lean and Green” team is made up of associates who volunteer their time to organize and conduct community tree plantings and cleanups throughout the year, and help to identify ways Benco can be environmentally friendly. Associates also participate in an extensive recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, batteries, CDs, DVDs and toner cartridges.

Building a brighter greener future is part of Benco Dental Company’s mission, and is proud to partner with Benco in achieving its goals.



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Is it possible to be stylish while remaining environmentally responsible?  This is one of the key questions that online luxury retailer ETHICA set out to address, and they’ve incorporated many components into their sustainability initiatives in order to achieve it. 

Becoming CarbonFree® was an early step along the sustainability path for ETHICA. Through the CarbonFree® Business Partnership program, ETHICA’s donations neutralize their annual operational emissions while supporting carbon emissions reduction projects around the world.  ETHICA also offers eco-friendly packaging and carbon-neutral shipping with every order. 

"As a retailer devoted to promoting ethical and sustainable fashion, we are naturally committed to minimizing our environmental impact and remaining a carbon-neutral business,” explains Carolina Cantor, Co-Founder of ETHICA.  “SHOPETHICA.COM's corporate values align with’s mission and its efforts in the fight against climate change."

The company is based in a LEED-certified green building in New York City and carefully selects the designers it promotes to ensure that they are adhering to ethical and environmentally sustainable practices.  

ETHICA’s featured designers focus on manufacturing locally to reduce the environmental impact of transporting materials.  Most items are made by hand or in small batches in an effort to decelerate the “fast fashion” cycle, as well as to avoid the environmental impact of machine-driven assembly lines.  They select quality materials and pay their producers fairly, which in turn contributes to more realistic prices that challenge the idea that fashion is disposable.  Many of the fashion items found on are made using salvaged, reclaimed, recycled or upcycled materials, as well as natural and organic fibers that can be more easily recycled or that will decompose or biodegrade more quickly than synthetics.  ETHICA seeks out designs that are timeless, quality products designed to have long life-cycles, rather than throwaway pieces to be discarded as part of a relentless trend cycle. 

ETHICA is helping to drive the trend away from throwaway fashions towards designs with longevity and durability in mind, enabling those who own their products to consume less.  Their leadership in sustainable business practices positions ETHICA in the front of fashion-forward and environmentally responsible luxury e-retailing.  



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