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Have you met the Fusion?

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When customers ask us which mattresses we love, it’s hard to decide because there are so many wonderful choices.  So when the time came to buy a mattress for my 5-year-old daughter, I knew I had a tough decision to make.  I chose the Fusion, since it’s a great combination of both natural rubber and innersprings that can offer the support needed to accommodate my daughter for years to come.   The Fusion offers comfort at a wonderful price!

This 10”, two-sided mattress is the “best of both worlds,” combining a sturdy innerspring core with the supportive 100% natural rubber latex. The innerspring coil system is covered on both sides with certified organic cotton canvas and several layers of our sanitized certified organic cotton padding. The padding is covered with another layer of cotton canvas, then internally hand-tufted to keep the padding from shifting and to minimize body impressions. Finally, a luxurious 2” layer of 100%-natural rubber latex is added to the top and bottom surfaces, for increased cushioning, and it’s finished with our signature OrganicPedic® quilting.

MSRP (mattress only): twin $2395 • full $2995 • queen $3195 • king $4295

Our Most Precious Resource

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Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean that we don’t need to be conscious of our consumption.  Here is an excellent video that will help you think about our impact on the world. It is produced by GE, but the information is excellent!

Let’s Meet the Lago…

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The Lago is a two-sided, 10” sculpted-surface organic mattress made with a 6” core of firm 100%-natural rubber latex under an internal, sculpted-surface 3” layer made from soft 100%-natural rubber latex. The mattress is covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.  This mattress is a true two-sided mattress, as it has two different firmness levels to offer greater flexibility to the sleeper.  One side of the mattress features the sculpted layer of soft natural rubber, giving an overall medium feel, while the second side is a flat layer of firm natural rubber latex, giving a firmer option if needed.

Features and Benefits

  • Sculpted surface offers pressure point-relief and increases air circulation
  • Pillow top built into the internal mattress design
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Signature OrganicPedic® fully quilted cover
  • Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold, mildew, and dust-mite resistant

Lago Mattress Cutaway

 MSRP (mattress only): twin $3295 • full $3895 • queen $4095 • king $5395

Foundation sold separately.

Leap into March!

Today the shortest month of the year gains an extra day.  Leap Year has been around for about 2,000 years.  The 365-day calendar was created by Julius Cesar around 45 BCE, and astronomer Sosigenes brought on the addition of the extra day in February every four years.

Julius Cesar

Many people wonder why we even have Leap Day.

Our year is 365 days long, except that isn’t entirely true.  A full cycle of seasons, or for the earth to complete its full rotation around the sun, is actually 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds or 365.242199 days, long to be precise.  Over time the extra quarter of a day can add up and without the Leap Day the calendar would not match the seasons.  After 30 years, it would be off a week, after 100 years, it would be about 24 days off.  If we did not have Leap Year the calendar could be off nearly 16 months behind…

Here are some fun facts about leap year:

  • The chances of being born on a Leap Year are 1 in 1,461
  • About 4 million people worldwide have a Feb. 29 birthday
  • It is believed that the actual term “Leap Year” was derived hundreds of years ago, when Leap Day was not legally recognized, and so it was ignored and “leapt” over
  • Feb. 29 is traditionally a day where women were “permitted” to ask men to marry them. Today, Feb. 29 still commemorates Sadie Hawkins Day, the namesake of the turnabout dances many schools still host, where girls are encouraged to ask boys to attend with them.

Rave Reviews: Houston

Thank you Winnie Hamilton, a passionate Houston environmental health expert, for your wonderful review of the OMI Terra Mattress and your purchase and delivery experience with one of our OMI retailers, New Living in Houston, TX.

“I recently bought an OMI Terra mattress from New Living in Houston. I love it. The delivery guys not only came right on time (the beginning of a tiny two-hour window) and set up everything, but they also took (for a small fee) my old mattress to be recycled (i.e., not to a landfill).

But the mattress itself is amazing…incredibly comfortable and beautifully constructed. I mean, it’s actually beautiful to behold; and you can flip the pillowtop for variable plushness. I have hip problems and the wrong mattress literally destroys my life as the hip pain will wake me up every 30 minutes or so. So I need a mattress for pressure points.

A lot of people would recommend Tempur-pedic or another memory foam for me and even knowing how toxic they are I’d probably consider one if it gave me glorious sleep (even as a staunch environmentalist and health proponent, when you’re up all night…every night…in pain, your principles begin to slip), but the truth is that I tried a memory foam topper and it made me sick. I put it outside for nearly a month and still the outgassing and chemicals gave me bad headaches, tremors, bone-aching fatigue and a kind-of mental fog. Did my hips like it? Yes, a lot, but my brain and the rest of my body apparently didn’t.

Which is what led me to OMI and the Terra, which is I think probably the best organic mattress for people with hip or pressure point problems…although I’d be the first to say that finding the right mattress is intensely personal and everyone is different. I did ‘test drive’ the Terra at the Modern B&B in Houston and it felt pretty good, but one night–although better than a 10-minute ‘sleep’ in a store–isn’t sufficient.

The Terra has no smell, no toxic ‘ingredients’ and is strangely firm while also being one of the softer mattresses (people with pressure point issues generally need a mattress to support and give in the right places). In any event, I’m a fan…and New Living was super (I researched and debated for months and months.  They didn’t pressure me or badmouth other companies). Last, I really do like supporting Houston companies when possible. If we want more environmentally responsible companies here, we need to support them.

Cheers!

Winnie Hamilton

Houston, TX”

To learn more about the Terra Mattress or to find a retail location near you, visit the OMI homepage, HERE, for more information.

Terra

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.

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!

Smiling is Worth 2,000 Candy Bars

In a world that is so concerned with health and wellness, we often overlook the easy healthy behaviors that can have a major impact on our lives.  Smiling has amazing health benefits, such as reducing stress and hormones, raising endorphins, and lowering blood pressure.

Not only is smiling healthy, but it is pleasurable. A British study was conducted by Hewlett Packard that used an electromagnetic brain-scan machine and a heart-rate monitor to measure the value of various stimuli on raising mood. Seeing a child smile can create pleasure that is equal to 2,000 candy bars or $25,000 in cash. Seeing a loved one smile was worth 600 chocolate treats or $13,000 in cash.

With all the benefits that smiling offers, how often are we doing it? According to Ron Gutman, author of Smile:The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, children smile on average 400 times a day. While boys and girls smile equally, women smile more often than men do. Overall, more than 30% of adults smile more than 20 times a day and less than 14% of us smile less than five times a day.

Smiling is so valuable, not only for our health but our happiness also, so why not smile more and enjoy the day!

 

Making Your Holidays Eco-Friendly!

With the holidays here, we begin our traditions. And why not help those traditions have a smaller impact on our world?  Here are a few tips for keeping your holidays green:

Decorations

Why not use decorations from last year and years before?  It may not be trendy to reuse decorations, but it can create fond family memories.  I remember using the same ornaments year after year as a child, and my family uses many of them still.  The decorations then become more meaningful and allow us to feel nostalgic during the holidays.

If you find some of your decorations are no longer to your taste, be sure to donate them so that they can provide holiday cheer for other households.

Use edible objects for holiday centerpieces, such as apples or holiday candies in a bowl or glass canister.

Baked goods like decorated cookies on platters make fun displays with color!

Making your own decorations is always a greener option than buying new ones.  If you do decide to make your own, use raw materials that are less harmful to the environment.  Things that make beautiful decorations are grass, twigs, dried flowers, and even scratch paper… the possibilities are endless.

Holiday Cards

Email fun family photos for Christmas cards…it saves on paper! But if sending a card in the mail is what you desire, have kids make them by drawing colorful and fun pictures. Hand-deliver cards when possible for a personal touch!

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