International Skeptics Day

Guest Blogger Sarah takes on skepticism:

“While checking a calendar recently, I was pleased to see a holiday that deserves to be celebrated all month long:  International Skeptics Day.  That’s right, every October skeptics across the world can come together for a good dose of doubting.  A related article explains being skeptical is a great thing, because it causes one to inquire about the validity of the truth behind the belief.  We here at OMI fully support this kind of investigatory skepticism.

In fact, it is a passion of ours to educate consumers to ask the right questions, get meaningful answers, and put an end to “greenwashing.” What is greenwashing?  This is when companies use misleading, irrelevant, often fraudulent words and logos to misdirect the consumer enough to believe a product supports the healthy lifestyle they are committed to.  An all too common example is the shampoo plastered with the words: “Made with organic aloe and herbal extracts.”  This does not tell the whole story of what endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, carcinogens, and other harmful artificial fragrances are also included with the “natural” or “organic” contributions.

If you eat organic, shouldn’t you sleep organic?  By changing your family’s mattresses to a product made with third-party certified raw materials, in an Eco Factory and GREENGUARD certified to the most stringent standards, you have immediately improved one-third of your lives.  It’s that easy!”

OCCUPY

President and CEO of Organic Mattresses Inc, Walt Bader, recently wrote an editorial for the Viewpoints section of the Sacramento Bee about the nationwide movement  “Occupy Wall Street.” Click HERE to ready the article, then comment below on your thoughts and ideas about the movement that is capturing the world’s attention.

Trick or Treat?

Imagine for a minute that it is Halloween night.  Your doorbell sounds, “ding dong,” and you open the door to find a rather cute fairy, a menacing pirate, and a giggling baby Ninja Turtle.

Smiling, you reach your hand into your candy bowl and pull out their treats: Lifesaver Gummies, Nestle’s chocolate bars, and Tootsie Roll Pops.  But what are they really eating? High-frutose corn syrup, non-fair trade chocolate, and dye-ridden lollipops.

Choosing to pass out natural, organic and fair-trade candy is not only a safe and healthy option for a childs treat, but it also is quite the “trick” for kids.  They won’t be eating dyes, preservatives or ingredients that are not safe for their bodies.

Here are a few wonderful options kids will love:

Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Earth Balls by Sunspire

Ingredients: Milk chocolate (evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter*, chocolate liquor*, whole milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla extract). *Fair Trade Certified

 

 

Invisible Ghost Lollipops by Strawberry Hill

Ingredients:  Organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup. (USDA Certified)

 

 

 

Natural Gummie Worms by Surf Treats

Ingredients: Organic tapioca syrup, organic evaporated cane syrup, gelatin, organic grape juice concentrate, citric acid, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, colors added (including black carrot juice concentrate, turmeric, annatto), natural flavors, organic sunflower oil, carnauba wax. (USDA Certified)

 

Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups by Justin’s

Ingredients: Organic milk chocolate (organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic whole milk powder, organic chocolate liquor, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic peanut butter (organic dry roasted peanuts, organic palm fruit oil), organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla flavor, sea salt. (USDA Certified)

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Celebrities Stand Up For A Healthy World

One of our favorite nonprofit organizations Healthy Child Healthy World has always teamed up with celebrities to promote a healthy world.  This week, HCHW is giving a nod to 3 celebrities that are truly making a difference and spreading the word about living healthier.

From the Healthy Child Healthy World website:

Actress Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

“Healthy Child Healthy World has been rallying moms to fight for more protective policies for nearly two decades and this week we were thrilled to see celebrity mom, Jessica Alba, promoting the Safe Chemicals Act on Capitol Hill. ‘You can’t hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you. . . I mean, I barely have time to brush my teeth with a toddler and another one on the way. At some point the government has to step in and ensure that chemicals are safe before our children are exposed to them,’ said Alba. Thanks to all of our colleagues at the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition for spearheading this effort and to our former CEO and Executive Director, Christopher Gavigan, for facilitating Jessica’s involvement.”

Join Jessica in showing Congress that Americans care about this issue by asking your Senators to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act!

Actress Jessica Capshaw (Grey's Anatomy)

Jessica Capshaw

“Earlier this month, Jessica Capshaw acted as moderator for the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center’s (CEHC) Greening Our Children luncheon – the fourth annual fundraiser to support the important work of this distinguished institution. And last week she spoke up about mercury pollution and the dire threat it poses to children’s health during the Moms Clean Air Force Clean Air for Our Kids webinar. Jessica’s been an active supporter of Healthy Child Healthy World (another nod to Christopher Gavigan) and it was wonderful to hear her passion and knowledge of the issues in these types of forums.”

Support clean air for our kids by signing our petition to tell America’s #1 polluter to clean up their act!

Actress Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl)

Kelly Rutherford, Healthy Child Healthy World Luminary

Celebrities are concerned parents, too. That’s the message behind our new Luminary Advisory Board, which counts Laila Ali, Gabrielle Anwar, Amy Brenneman, Laura Dern, Jenna Elfman, Mariel Hemingway, Josie Maran, Kelly Rutherford, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Taylor as members. These concerned parents have joined Healthy Child to inspire small steps to big change.

“I joined the Luminary Board of Healthy Child Healthy World to shine some light on the issues that affect my children and me everyday. Be it the environment we live in to the foods we eat or the products we use, all of these things have an impact in our health and well being. It’s important for me to do my part as a mother to keep my children healthy and myself healthy—so I can be here to watch them grow up. Creating awareness is so important.” –Kelly Rutherford, “Gossip Girl”

Take a look at what other Healthy Child Healthy World Luminaries have to say!

Thank you to HCHW and all of the celebrities who are fighting for a safer world!

Teens Turning Green

Our  friend Erin Shrode from Teens Turning Green is one of the brilliant young minds behind Project Green Challenge, a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.

Here is a excerpt from their website about the movement:

This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

How it Works

Throughout October a daily green challenge will be outlined on ProjectGreenChallenge.com and in an email delivered to each participant who has signed up . Each challenge will be supported with resources, tips, facts and a green glossary.

Over the course of the 30-day Challenge, participants will share their responses to challenge tasks on ProjectGreenChallenge.com utilizing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Get Your Green Diploma

Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.

Challenge Champion

A panel of judges will name one finalist as the Project Green Challenge Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize package and the opportunity to work with Teens Turning Green and its partners in the coming year.

Join the Challenge!

Be apart of a world changing initiative – sign up today!

And be sure to get your friends and school involved in Project Green Challenge. Two students from participating schools will be invited to participate as Project Green Challenge Campus Reps and to lead the effort on their school campuses. Click here if you want to see what the job entails and to sign up.

Take the challenge today and help your generation protect our planet!