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Las Vegas Market, Here We Come

It’s that time of year again when we all convene in Las Vegas at the World Market Center for a week of seeing companies’ latest and greatest products.  The World Market Center, Las Vegas is an impressive 5,000,000-sq.-ft. center that houses furniture and mattress-industry companies’ beautiful showrooms.  The showrooms allow both customers and retailers to see and feel products being sold and debuted in a friendly atmosphere.

At this year’s show, OMI is introducing two great new models: The Terra Plush and the Flora Nouveau Plush.

The Terra Plush is a 12”, four-sided plush, sculpted-surface pillow-top mattress that offers a soft and luscious feel.  Its 3” removable, two-sided pillow top provides sleepers with maximum comfort and flexibility. In addition to the new Plush option, the Terra is also available in the original Medium.

Terra Plush - Prices start at $3495 (mattress only).

The Flora Nouveau is a luxurious mattress that offers superior support while maintaining comfort. The Flora Nouveau uses a quilting process that incorporates 100%-natural rubber latex to make it feel similar to a mattress topper without the added height. Now the Flora Nouveau is available in two firmness levels: Medium-Firm and Medium.

Flora Nouveau Plush -Prices start at $2595 MSRP (mattress only).

Join us to see all our great products at Las Vegas Market, January 30 through February 3rd at Showroom C-1515.

For more information on our new products, call the OMI Sales office at 1-800-951-9196 or visit our website at HERE.

Say Hello to the Flora Nouveau

Flora Nouveau

The OrganicPedic® Flora Nouveau is a revolution in the organic sleep industry. The new cushion quilting adds a sumptuous comfort layer.  Featuring a  9” height, 100%-natural rubber latex, and the option of it being  two-sided mattress, the Flora Nouveau is also available in two firmness levels: Medium-firm and Plush.

The Flora Nouveau Medium-firm is constructed using a 3″ firm latex inner core that is sandwiched between two layers of 2″ soft latex and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit cushion quilting.

The Flora Nouveau Plush is also constructed using three layers.  A 3″ medium latex inner core is sandwiched between two layers of 2″ soft latex and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit cushion quilting.

Features and Benefits

  • Excellent back support without being too firm
  • Contours to spine
  • Offers pressure-point relief
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Signature OrganicPedic®  fully quilted cover
  • Eco-wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant.

The Flora Nouveau is quickly becoming our most popular mattress, as it offers comfort at an affordable price.

 MSRP (mattress only): twin $2995 • full $3595 • queen $3695 • king $5395

Foundation sold separately.

 For more information about the Flora Nouveau, visit the OMI website HERE or contact the OMI Sales office for questions or order inquiries at 800-951-9196.

Hip Hop Meets Organics

Check out these fun and entertaining videos by Stonyfield CEO CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg, the Stonyfield Moms, and Honest Tea CEO TeaEO Seth. Watch them rap out some information about the importance of eating organic.

For more information about the Just Eat Organic movement, visit www.justeatorganic.com.

Keep Warm this Winter with our 10 Earth & Budget Friendly Tips

During winter, the main concern we have in our homes is warmth, and the amount of energy that it requires to heat them.  Heating and cooling use more energy and money than any other system in our homes, with almost half our energy bills used for that purpose. According to The Department of Energy, “The average American household spends around $2,000 on energy costs each year – and about 45 percent of those costs are heating-related.” More informative information from The Department of Energy is available HERE.

Here are a few tips that can help lower your heating bill, increase the temperature in your home, and lower the impact your heating has on the world.

1. Look out, drafts!

Look for any drafts in your house and seal them.  Light a candle or incense and hold it up to doors and window frames.  If the candle flame flickers or the smoke of the incense flows towards the window, there is a draft there.  Use caulk or weather stripping to seal the drafty areas. Use a draft stopper at the bottom of your doors to keep cold air from seeping under the door and into the house.

Also be sure to check any electrical outlets on walls that lead outside the house.  If there’s a draft, cover the outlet with felt or another thick material.

2. Install a programmable thermostat that increases the temperature when you’re home and lowers the temperature during the times when you don’t need higher temps, such as when you’re asleep or away.  Be sure to turn the thermostat down to 60 degrees for those times.

3.  Use heavy drapes or curtains in the winter.  A heavy material in front of the windows will block out the cold air that can come in through the glass.  If you already have drapes, consider sewing a heavy material to the backside for the winter months.

4. Invest in warm flannel or fleece sheets and comforters, like the OMI wool comforter.  Check out the OMI wool comforter and accessories HERE.

5. Install ceiling fans or place fans near heater vents to help circulate heat throughout the house.

Note:  Make sure ceiling fans are rotating in the right direction for each season.  In the winter the fan should rotate clockwise, which will push cold air up and pull the warmth down.

 6. Use only one door when coming and going from your home.  When you enter or exit each time the door is open, there is heat loss.  If you minimize the heat loss to one particular area it can limit the effect on the entire house.

7. Close doors to rooms you don’t use to concentrate the heat in main living areas.

8.To help save energy, set your water heater at or below 120 degrees. Typically, a 10-degree reduction can lower your heating bill by 5%.

9.  Be sure to insulate your water heater and insulate any exposed pipes. This can reduce heat losses by up to 45% and lower your heating bill up to 9%.

10. Don’t underestimate the power of warm clothing. Get out the cozy sweaters, slippers, and blankets. Dress in layers, wearing long underwear next to your skin. This will significantly help keep you warm and cozy.

 

How To Create a Recycling System that Fits Your Lifestyle

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Setting up a home recycling system can be messy.  Here are some simple solutions to have an organized and convenient home recycling system.

Pre-plan your home recycling system

Before bringing in any bins or containers, assess how much you consume and how often your recycling is picked up or needs to be dropped off at a public center.

Call your local trash company to ask about their recycling policy, what materials they accept, and if the items need to be pre-sorted. Many people think about recycling and think they need an area to organize and sort items by type: glass, plastic and paper.  But many communities today allow all recyclables to be placed in one container, no sorting required.

Determine where your recycling system is best suited

Determine where you have enough space to make an effective home recycling center. Kitchens are the most common area, since most recyclables originate there.

Kitchen Recycling Center

Rethink how you use the storage in your kitchen…Space under the sink, or inside a cabinet to the side of the sink, is most convenient for being able to reach recycling containers. Move items that are used less often to other parts of the kitchen.  Corner cabinets make great recycling areas, since they can sometimes be awkward for storing standard kitchen items.

Pullout containers with multiple bins can be installed. They come in 2, 3, or 4-bin options depending on how recycling needs to be sorted and how often it is picked up.

At a minimum you will need 2 bins, one for recycling and one for regular trash. For smaller kitchens, a garbage can with multiple bins built in may be the solution.

Since paper recycling can take up a lot of room, try sorting most paper items away from the kitchen—in an office or family room, for example, where you may already do your reading and sorting of mail.

Recycling holding area outside of the kitchen

If your kitchen is too small or just not right for your recycling area, try creating a holding center in your garage, laundry room or mud room.

Now that you’ve determined where your recycling should go, you can put storage bins in place.

If your recycling company allows one container for all recycling, you can use a large container (no sorting necessary) or use a few smaller containers.

Recycling tips

Once you establish your recycling center, the process is simple.  Here are some tips to help keep it as easy and effective as possible:

  • Recycling areas do not need to be large or use expensive recycling containers. They just need to be functional.
  • Use plastic bags or totes to store materials for recycling. Paper bags can be leaky and rip easily. Try to use smaller containers, as they will be easier to lift when full.
  • Label recycling bins to ensure materials are separated correctly.
  • Choose products with the highest percentage of “post-consumer” recycled content.
  • Clean bottles and tins before putting in the recycling bin. This prevents insects and unpleasant odors, both at home and at the recycling station.

Once your system is set up, recycling is easy!

Top Ten Ways to keep your Green Year’s Resolutions

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A lot of people resolve to be “more green” when the new year rolls around, but what exactly does that mean, and how can you implement the changes in your life without breaking the bank? We did a quick brainstorming session here at the OMI offices, and here’s what we came up with.  Without further ado, we present to you the Top Ten Ways to keep your Green Year’s Resolutions!

1. Recycle

Set up a recycling system or ensure your recycling is efficient and organized. This one seems like a no-brainer, and many towns and cities have made it even easier for you.  Call your local waste-collection company and find out what tools they have available to help you with your recycling.  Many cities offer free tubs for your use, will give you easy guides to tell you how to sort your recycling, and where you can take items that aren’t in your every day recycling (like e-waste and old appliances).

2. Stop buying water bottles.

Invest in reusable water bottles that you can carry with you and install a filter system for your home water. Not only is this a great way to help conserve the planet’s finite water supply, it will end up saving you tons of moolah in the end.  Get each member of your family a water bottle that matches their personality and encourage them to take it every where they go!

3. Swap first

Spend less on buying new items and try swapping or exchanging with neighbors and friends.  It’s a great way to get “new-to-you” stuff without having to spend the money on it, and no added burden to the planet.  You could even start a monthly swap in your neighborhood.  Some swapable ideas? Books, lawn equipment, shoes (yay!) kids’ clothing, exercise DVDs…. anything you have (or want).

4. Spend more time outdoors

From quality time with family to exercise… it is free and good for you and the environment. A day-trip to a local park can do wonders for your mental health, and you will feel even better knowing that pushing your kiddos in the swing isn’t taxing the environment.

5. Buy Local Produce

Find out in your community where you can buy locally grown and sustainable produce. Focus your meals around seasonal produce and you can save money, since out-of-season produce will be more expensive. Buying local not only helps sustain your local economy, it lessens the impact the shipping industry has on the environment. Plus, it’s really fun to be able to see where your food actually came from.

6. Plan meals

Thought meal planning went the way of the housewife wearing heels and pearls? Well, think again.  Planning meals for the entire week can help cut down the cost of your grocery bill and allow you to use leftovers in new meals, limiting excess and waste.  Added bonus: planned out menus mean fewer trips to the market, and who doesn’t love that?

7. Up the efficiency in your home

Unplug unused appliances, switch out old bulbs for longer lasting energy-efficient light bulbs, and install a new digital thermostat for more accuracy and to better regulate the temperature while using less energy (an easy task that even the most inexperienced DIYer can accomplish).  If your appliances need an upgrade, be sure to buy EnergyStar models that use less energy to run and lower your operating costs. If your old mattress is giving you problems, make sure you upgrade to a responsibly sourced and organic mattress (of course we suggest an OrganicPedic mattress by OMI).

 8. Compost

Put your food waste to work for you.  When you compost, not only do you cut down on the amount of garbage headed toward the landfills, you get some great soil out of it. A great tutorial on setting up your compost pile can be found here from John & Sherry at Young House Love.  Not sure what’s compostable? Click HERE for a list of 75 things you can compost, but thought you couldn’t.

9.  Use earth-friendly cleaners and household products

Back in the day, “earth-friendly cleaners” meant baking soda, vinegar, and a lot of good old-fashioned elbow grease.  We still love the ease of using items that are most likely already sitting in your cupboards, but we understand that isn’t an option for everyone.  When looking for household cleaners, be sure to pick brands that are environmentally friendly, preferably made with organic ingredients.  Our sister company, Lifekind, has a great line of Naturally Safer cleaning products, and earth-friendly products are popping up in retail stores across the country.  Just beware: not all companies have altruistic intent, and may try to trick you into purchasing their product with the implication of being “green” without actually offering an environmentally friendly product.

10. Go paperless

A lot of big companies are now offering incentives to customers who want to view their statements and pay their bills online.  If your local utility company doesn’t offer online bill pay, make sure you call and suggest it to them. Instead of sending printed cards, make use of online greeting cards and evites.   Just imagine how much paper and trees would be saved if everyone made this small change to their life.  If you absolutely must use paper (for your business, perhaps) be sure to buy paper from sustainably harvested trees.

 These ten ideas are just a the begining of  hundreds of different ways you can make your life more green.  What are your ideas and what has your family implemented to make your 2012 greener than your 2011? Let us know in the comments!

and a Happy Green Year to You!

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