theantijock said Right, Like it doesn't cost the environment to manufacture & maintain those units when pretty much the same product is being delivered for your neighbors at the local grocery store.
You don't actually think it uses anywhere near the same amount of energy it costs to ship all that produce across the U.S. now do you?
You don't actually think it takes zero resources in the first place to manufacture the thing, ship it, manufacture the bug free dirt, ship that too, manufacture the lighting, ship that, etc. etc. now do you?
Meanwhile, I already covered your point by noting that the pretty much all the same herbs you'll be growing are already being shipped for your neighbors' consumption.
So if we want to get down to it, I suppose we could add the 20 packages of fresh herbs someone might purchase in a year, weight them, figure out how much fuel that adds to the 18-wheeler already shipping a grocery store's worth of produce to the market every week. Subtract the fuel we don't use to drive to the store for what we won't be growing, since, after all, we either bike it or live within walking distance to the store. But add the extra trips to Home Depot for the fertilizers and lamps as they go out and I'm guessing it needs distilled water ta'boot.
Or, we can really indulge our consumerism which rarely saves energy and just buy a chichichichichichichichia.
But it looks very pretty and that child is just precious.