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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

~ Mother Teresa

Thank you to all of our amazing retailers and family of customers for the amazing feedback and  friendly thoughts on OMI.  Your kindness and loyalty are forever appreciated.

Here are some of the wonderful things people are saying about OMI:

“Known for an obsessive devotion to quality, comfort, and the protection of the environment, OMI.” 

- Maureen Smithe, Walter E. Smithe Furniture, Chicago, IL

“What a nice way to Green the World”

- Edward Olshansky, owner of Green Cradle, CA

“OMI has proven efficacy with the highest quality and most luxurious organic mattresses available, providing incredible comfort for the ‘third of your life’ spent in bed.”

- Zem Joaquin, founder & CEO

“It’s no secret that as new parents we want what’s best for our babies – whether it’s our first or our fifth. Buying organic baby products is a great step towards insuring the health of our children – not only because it’s better for them right now, but because organically grown material is better for the environment as a whole.  OMI is one of the finest examples of this concept.

- Rebecca Hassel, Giggle NY

“We felt it made sense to compliment our sustainable furniture lines with an organic mattress, but wanted to make sure that what we offered was the most authentic mattress on the market.  We have been very happy with the customer response to the OrganicPedic collection.”

- Aaron Resnik, HD Buttercup Division Sales Manager

Zeo says: Sleep is Awesome!

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Check out these sleeping fun facts by Zeo and find out why sleep is so awesome!!!

*Follow Zeo on Twitter HERE, and while you are there head on over to OMI’s twitter page and follow us HERE*

OMI featured in “Made in America” by ABC World News

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OMI was recently included in ABC World News with Diane Sawyer segment “Made in America” which features a coast-to-coast list of products made right here on our own stomping grounds.

Go to the ABC website HERE to check out the great story highlighting companies who, like OMI, are keeping it as local as possible.

OTA reports U.S. Organic industry valued at $29 billion

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The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America as well as the leading voice for organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states.  They send out newsletters with industry information, announcements and great tips.

Recently they sent out a email newsletter in regards to the rapidly growing Organic Industry.

Here is what they had to say:

“The organic industry grew at a rate of nearly eight percent in 2010, bucking the current trend whereby “flat is the new growth” for many other segments of the economy. Further, some sectors of the organic market enjoyed annual growth of well over 30 percent, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed today in releasing findings from its 2011 Organic Industry Survey. In 2010, the organic industry grew to over $28.6 billion.

“While total U.S. food sales grew by less than one percent in 2010, the organic food industry grew by 7.7 percent,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director. “Consumers continue to vote with their dollars in favor of the organic choice. These results illustrate the positive contribution organic agriculture and trade make to our economy, and particularly to rural livelihoods,” Bushway said. 

She added, “The good news is that even as the economic recovery crawls forward, the organic industry is thriving – and hiring.”

In 2010, 40 percent of surveyed organic companies reported positive full-time employment growth. Companies with fewer than five employees were least likely to add full-time employees (23 percent). About half of companies with more than 50 employees experienced positive full-time employment growth. What’s more, in 2011, 46 percent of respondents anticipate an increase in employment over 2010 levels. In addition, 50 percent expect employment to remain even, and only five percent foresee a decrease. 

Experiencing the most growth, organic fruits and vegetables, which represent 39.7 percent of total organic food value, and nearly 12 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales, reached nearly $10.6 billion in 2010, up 11.8 percent from 2009 performance. Organic dairy, the second-largest category, experienced nine percent growth to achieve a value of $3.9 billion, and captured nearly six percent of the total U.S. market for dairy products.

In the organic non-food sector, organic supplements led, with a value of $681 million, representing 7.4 percent growth over 2009 figures. Organic fiber (linen and clothing) totaled a value of $605 million, achieving 16 percent year-over-year growth. Personal care products, at $490 million, increased 6.6 percent from 2009.

If you haven’t already, I suggest checking out the Organic Trade Association website HERE.  They are a leader in all things organic and always have wonderful news and insight into the Organic industry.



New article on OMI from Healthy Living Magazine

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Check out this great article from Healthy Living Magazine on news stands now!
"Don't Walk" article from Healthy Living Magazine

"Don't Walk" article from Healthy Living Magazine (volume 15, number 6)


ecofabulous blog: Modern Living Showhouse

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Check out the the ecofabulous blog about this years Modern Living Showhouse, featuring the OMI Terra mattress HERE!

Dwell on Design: Modern Living 2011

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This year OMI was privileged to take part in west coast’s largest modern design event, Dwell on Design.  It is a multi-day festival of modern design featuring a design conference, exhibition, home tours, and special events that was held from June 24th-June 26th at the LA Convention center.  The OMI Terra mattress was chosen to be displayed in the Modern Living house by ecofabulous!  Eco expert and founder of ecofabulos Zem Joaquin along with talented designers, architects and interior designers team up to bring the latest and greatest in sustainability and eco design for your home, creating a modern dweller’s 550 sq. ft. eco-friendly dream home!

Modern Living Showhouse at Dwell on Design

“The MODERN LIVING Showhouse is a fantastic, innovative example of a highly-functional, beautiful, and affordable execution of residential design using reclaimed and sustainable materials. This is what happens when creativity and good design work together for the greater good of the environment.” – Michela O’Connor Abrams, President, Dwell Media LLC

The show was a huge success and so much fun!  OMI was honored and excited to be surrounded by so many wonderful eco products and design.  Thank you Zem and everyone at ecofabulous and Dwell on Design for such a great experience.

OMI's Kim James and ecofabulous Founder Zem Joaquin

To learn more about Dwell on Design and the Modern Living house visit the Dwell on Design website HERE and check out Zem’s wonderful tips and advice on stylish eco-living at the ecofabulous website!

Who?.. What?.. Wool?

Almost everyone has owned a wool product in their lifetime, whether it was a clothing item, a blanket, carpet, or bedding — the list is endless. We all have wrapped warm scarves around our necks in the winter or covered up with a wool blanket in front of the fireplace. But did you know wool can also help you beat the summer heat?

The amazing fiber that is wool is full of hidden secrets and characteristics that most of us don’t know about. But fear not! The team at OMI is here to help you understand and appreciate this wonder material a little better.

As many in our loyal OMI family of customers know, wool is a powerful flame retardant.  It helps us insure that you and your family are sleeping safe and sound at night by creating a flame barrier in the quilting on all of our mattresses. The wool is compressed down to 5/8 of an inch, and is then quilted into the cover fabric and securely sewn all the way around. This not only allows us to avoid using chemical flame retardants, but also allows our mattresses to pass federal flammability standards with flying colors. With the wool surrounding each OMI mattresses you also get the added benefit of it helping to regulate your body temperature. Wool has the natural ability to help you sleep warmer in the wintertime and cooler in the summer while wicking away moisture.

What about wool’s carbon footprint? It’s biodegradable, as well as a natural resource that is renewable. That means it’s automatically replaced by natural processes and replenished with the passage of time. Renewable resources are part of our natural environment and form our ecosystem, which means it actually helps our ecosystem, not damage it like plastic or “poly” types of materials that can’t break down or be renewed.

It is also very important to know that wool is derived from a beautiful, living, breathing animal. Please make sure any wool products you purchase are made with American Humane Certified wool. American Humane protects farm animals by working with producers through the groundbreaking American Humane Certified™ farm animal program (formerly known as the Free Farmed program). American Humane Certified guarantees consumers that the products they select are from animals that were raised and treated humanely. The beautiful sheep that produce the wool for OMI live happy, pesticide-free lives and graze freely on organic land. They are never mishandled, and are not stressed by “mulesing” or constant shearing. In simple words, they live happy lives, eating California grass and getting a haircut every so often.

I could go on and on about the wonders of wool, the list is seemingly endless. My main point is this: discover the benefits of wool and allow it to help you steer away from products that are harmful to you and your family. Let it soften hard places and keep you warm at night, but most of all, let it help you rest a little easier every time you lay down your head to sleep.

Looking for a cooler night’s sleep?

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One of the most common questions we hear is:  Will a OMI mattress make me sleep hot like my Memory Foam mattress?

The answer is NO!  Check out this article from the Sacramento Bee newspaper about how OMI mattress can actually help you beat the summer heat.


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