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Textile Truths: A Parent’s Guide

We are an organic company, so using organic products is a no-brainer for us.  But we have to remember that not everyone has the same immersion into the world of organics, and new parents need to know when it is essential to choose organic products.

This great info-graphic,  put together by our friends at Harmony Art, is a great visual aid for new parents, and puts the “how” and “why” of buying organic for your baby into an easy-to-digest graphic that takes away the guessing game:

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To read about how this piece came together, be sure to check out Harmony Art’s blog.

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In case you are wondering:  OMI’s innerspring crib mattresses are GOTS certified, and our latex crib mattresses are GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified.

Go ahead and share this graphic (download the pdf here) and help spread the word.

How to Create an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Going green doesn’t mean you have to compromise the funny or yum factory of Halloween. Make your holiday fun, unique and an Eco-Friendly event.

  1. Participate in a Costume Swap

Gather a group of your children’s friends or parents from school and bring costumes to swap and trade. Your kids will be excited over having a “new” costume without having to purchase a whole new one and it will  eliminate waste.

  1. Give Out Healthy Candies and Treats

Pass out candy without harmful ingredients that still taste yummy and wont get your house egged.  See the Trick Or Treat OMI Blog from 2011.

UNREAL Candy offers chocolate treats that taste as good as major commercial brands but without the articial colors, dyes, sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated oils and GMOs.  Check out their goodies HERE.

Surf Sweets offers a variety of gluten-free, organic gummies, sour bears and jellybeans.   They even have treats in spooky spider shapes for Halloween!

  1. Use Reusable Bags for Trick-or-Treating!

Any bag can hold goodies, from baskets to bags to old purses and more.  Old pillowcases make great bags to collect candy and can be easily decorated or customized for your child.  A simple white pillowcase can be turned into a “ghost bag” by drawing, sewing or gluing on eyes and mouth.  Or simply add your child’s name.

  1. Decorate with Nature

Use natural items to decorate this year, such as hay bales, leaves, branches, gourds, pumpkins, mums and more.

  1. Light up the Night

If you string up lights to keep your walkway safe for trick-or-treaters, be sure to use LEDs or solar-powered lights.  LEDs use less energy than conventional holiday twinklers.

  1. Let Kiddos Decorate

Forget store-bought window sickers and skeletons. Help your kids cut out bats from recycled paper or make hand print spiders for walls and windows.  Carve or paint pumpkins for more decorations. White sheets can be hung as ghosts.  Get creative!

How will you keep your Halloween more Earth friendly?

OMI Participates in 2nd Teens Turning Green Project Challenge

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 Teens Turning Green is a student-led movement that is devoted to educating and engaging youth about environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for communities, schools and individuals.   Teens Turning Green began in 2005 in the San Francisco Bay Area and now has a presence in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as universities and student organizations across the country and around the globe. The goal of Teens Turning Green is to inspire the transition from conventional to conscious living.

Project Green Challenge is a 30-day eco lifestyle challenge created by TTG in which students from across the country compete in simple daily challenges that demonstrate just how fun, accessible, and effective environmentally and socially responsible living can be. The submissions are judged and assigned points daily, and then twelve finalists are selected. The finalists are invited to join esteemed eco leaders for the Project Green Challenge 2012 Finals: Green University for an unprecedented weekend of sharing, inspiration, and social action platform development. The grand prizewinner will take home many prizes, such as a $5,000 Natracare Scholarship, $1,000 gift cards for eBay Green, The Container Store, and Whole Foods Market as well as an OrganicPedic by OMI Midori Twin Mattress, 1.5” Wooly, Wool Comforter, and Organic Cotton Pillow.

For more information about Teens Turning Green or Project Green Challenge, visit the website HERE. Check out last year’s grand-prize winner on the OrganicPedic Blog, Teens Turning Green Hosts First GREEN UNIVERSITY.

Things that Go “BITE” in the Night

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Once upon a time the saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” was a cute and loving way of saying “sleep safe”.  Today it is more of a warning, as bed bugs have invaded and the United States is facing a national infestation.  According to Smart Style Living, “The incidence of bed bug infestation has risen 500% in the last few years alone, and they’re not just in dirty hotels – they’re at the 5-star ones as well and swarming the public places you visit every day.”  They’re in clothing stores, movie theaters and the public places we visit daily.

Bed bugs are small pests that feed on human and animal blood, causing itchy and irritating bites. The bugs can be as small as the size of a pinhead or as big as a penny.  Bed bugs are nocturnal and avoid light, therefore they come out at night to feed off people or animals.

According to the EPA, identifying a bed bug infestation is not as simple as seeing bites on your skin.  Bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can be misidentified, which gives the bugs time to spread to other areas of the house. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or spiders), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives. Some people do not react to bed bug bites at all.

A far more accurate way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. For example, spots on bedding, as described below, are one of the earliest and most accurate methods.

When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for:

  • Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may “bleed” on the fabric like a marker would
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and white
  • Skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger
  • Live bed bugs
  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed

When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and head board.

For more information on bed bugs, visits the EPA Website HERE.

To protect yourself, your family and your organic mattress and pillows from invaders like bed bugs invest in an organic cotton mattress and pillow barrier covers.  Our barrier covers are made from tightly-woven 100% certified organic cotton and closes with a heavy-duty zipper. Unlike similar synthetic products, our soft, breathable organic cotton barriers offer a more healthful sleep. Available in different depths and sizes to meet your specific needs.

OMI Mattress Barrier Covers Prices Starting at $220

OMI Pillow Barrier Covers Prices Starting at $69

For more information on the OMI products, visit our website HERE.

Providing a Safe Sleeping Environment for Children

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Infants, toddlers and children spend anywhere from 35% to 50% of their time sleeping during their developmental years.  An organic crib or youth mattress from OMI will provide your child with the most comfortable and healthful sleep environment imaginable.

Our organic crib mattresses and youth bed are the purest you can buy, with no compromises in materials or construction. As with all our organic mattresses, our organic crib mattresses carry a 20-year limited warranty, and they meet the GREENGUARD® product emission standard for children.

Organic Quilted Innerspring Crib Mattress

A super-firm 780-coil innerspring assembly is covered with 100% certified organic cotton and organic Eco-Wool™ padding, then hand-tufted between four layers of certified organic cotton fabric. Our innerspring crib mattress offers a comfortable and truly non-compromising organic mattress that is built to last.  The dimensions of our crib mattress are 28″ x 52″ x 6″.

Natural Rubber Crib Mattress

The choice for baby when parents are concerned about dust mites or wish to give baby a metal-free bed. Our extra-firm 100%-Natural Rubber Crib Mattress offers a comfortable, solid support, and will last for years. Great for cribs that convert to toddler beds.  The dimensions of the standard crib mattress are 28″ x 52″ x 6″. 

MSRP (crib mattress only): Natural Rubber $595 • Innerspring $495

Oval Crib and Bassinet Mattress

A new version of our classic Natural Rubber Crib Mattress. We have designed these oval crib and bassinet mattresses to fit popular oval cribs, such as the Stokke® Sleepi™ and Stokke Sleepi Mini™. These mattresses offer firm support and comfort that will last for years. The dimensions of the bassinet are 23” x 29” x 2.5” and the oval crib 27” x 47” x 4”.

MSRP (mattress only): Oval Crib $419 • Bassinet $199

 Once your child is ready for his or her own “big kid” bed, the youth bed makes a great transition.

 Youth Bed

The OrganicPedic® Youth Bed is a two-sided, 4” flat-surface mattress. Optional natural rubber topper offers surface softness as children grow. Available in twin and twin XL, this mattress is made with a single core of 100%-natural rubber latex and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.

MSRP (mattress only): twin $995 • 2″ topper $475 
Foundation sold separately.

For more information on OrganicPedic® mattresses, click HERE.

12 Fun Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

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Outdoor activities

Cold Potato

Rather than Hot Potato, try Cold Potato for a refreshing game. Use a pin to poke a hole in a water balloon, then fill it with water and make sure the balloon has a slow but steady leak.  Have everyone get into a circle and toss the leaky balloon from one player to the next, spraying everyone in the process. Be sure to toss it quickly, as the goal of the game is to pass the balloon before it runs out of water.

Play Marco Polo Without a Pool

Don’t have a pool? No problem.  Put a twist on this classic and it becomes a cool backyard game on a hot day. Decide who will go first and blindfold that person or have them keep their eyes closed. The searcher should be armed with a water gun.  Have the searcher turn around and count to 10, while the other players silently move to new locations in the backyard. When the counting ends, the searcher calls “Marco” and the other players respond with “Polo” while moving about the yard. When the searcher successfully shoots a player with water, it’s time to switch roles.

Play a Game of Splat

Fill a dozen water balloons and then draw a large target on your sidewalk or driveway and mark the rings of the target with point vaules.  Take turns throwing the water balloons at the target and calculate the points to see who can get the most points to see who won.

Create your Own Water Park

Get out the hose and fill up the plastic pool, spread out the Slip ’N’ Slide, or turn on the sprinkler to turn your back lawn into your own private water park. Set up an obstacle course with pool toys, lawn chairs, baby pools and sprinklers, and let the games begin! Have people on the sidelines of the obstacle course toss water balloons for an extra challenge.  However you play, just have fun!

Have a Car Wash

Put on your bathing suits and have kids wash the cars or their bikes.  Have a couple of buckets and plenty of rags.  Let the kids go to town and hey, if a water fight breaks out, it’ll be a great time to bond.

Visit your Local Farmers Market

This is a fun way to purchase produce that allows you to visit and talk to farmers that grow the food. Buying locally not only helps sustain your local economy, it lessens the impact the shipping industry has on the environment.  Farmer’s Markets tend to have local artisans and activities for children, making it a fun trip rather than a boring trip to the grocery store.

Indoor Activities 

Serve Up Indoor Volleyball

Or more accurately, volley feather. Give everyone a large feather (you can find them in the craft aisle of major superstores or even outside, if you’re lucky) and see who can blow the feather overhead for the longest time. Once you’ve got the hang of making the feather float, play as a team and try to pass a feather back and forth between players without letting it fall to the ground.

Play Hide-and-Seek With Stuffed Animals

In this new edition, stuffed animals do the hiding while you and the kids do the seeking. Everyone gets one stuffed animal.  Split up and hide the stuffed animals anywhere in the house (or pick one room if you’re playing with younger kids). Then, each searches to find the others’ hidden objects. When you’ve found a hidden animal, take it and put it in a new hiding spot for them to find — the kids should do the same with yours. Continue playing for as long as you all are having fun.

Act it Out

It’s easy to pop in a movie and relax in front of the tube, but that’s not how memories are made. Instead, take turns acting out your favorite flicks as one-person plays. Set a five-minute limit and watch the plot unfold.  Help the kids dress up using clothes, blankets or objects around the house.  Wait until you see an imaginative 6-year-old perform Shrek. Better have the camera ready!

Have an Indoor Picnic

We all love picnics; there is something about eating on the ground that makes it special.  Keep it inside to enjoy the air conditioning and spread out on the living room floor. Lie on a blanket and enjoy a healthy lunch like turkey and cheese roll-ups in a whole-wheat tortilla, fruit salad, and “ants on a log” (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins).

Make Smoothies

Skip the ice cream treat and make something healthier. Blend a nutritious, delicious frozen fruit drink. Let your kids help load a blender with a half cup of ice cubes and whatever fruit they select (mangoes, strawberries, bananas, and pineapples work best). Add a little water or juice to allow it to mix smoothly. Then help the kids blend until the mixture is smooth. The natural fruit is sweet enough that no extra sugar is needed. Garnish with a straw or paper umbrella and enjoy.

(You can use the fruits you picked up from your local farmer’s market from Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market tip)

Make it a Game Night

Bingo! Sorry! Yahtzee! What do these exclamations have in common? They’re all popular games that are perfect for playing with your family.  A family game night is an excellent way to stay connected with your kids. Choose games that are age-appropriate and of interest primarily to the children. That way children can feel successful playing with family members who are older, are more experienced, and have a competitive advantage. So pull up a seat and let the games begin!

Whatever activity you choose make sure to have fun and enjoy the summer!

Kid tested, father approved!

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Thanks to our retailer, The Florida Organic Mattress Store in Tampa, Florida, for submitting this photo of a father and daughter enjoying the comfort of their OMI mattress.  This is a true testament to the magic a comfortable bed can give even to the toughest critics, such as an energetic toddler.

Snuggle up and try an OMI mattress at a local retailer today and experience pure, organic comfort.  Click HERE to find a store near you.

The Midori is Back!

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Welcome the Midori Back!

The Midori is a contemporary, low-profile mattress.  Measuring at 7” high, it is a two-sided, flat-surface mattress made from one-piece 6” core of medium-firm 100%-natural rubber latex, then covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.  The Midori was designed in the style of a firm Japanese-style sleep system.  It makes a great option for sleepers looking for firm support, as well as for children.

Features and Benefits

  • Low-profile design
  • For those who favor a firmer sleeping surface
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Signature OrganicPedic® fully quilted cover
  • Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant

MSRP (mattress only): twin $1495 • full $1895 • queen $2195 • king $3095 Foundation sold separately

For more information on OrganicPedic® mattresses, click HERE.

Heart Warming Testimony: The Toll Family

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Here is a beautiful testimony from an OMI customer family.

The Toll Family

“My triplets (2 boys, 1 girl) are closing in on 5 years old. Both of the boys, Cooper and Carson, have Autism and my daughter Camryn also has chemical sensitivities.  Most people do not realize that Autism is not only a neurological disorder, but it also affects multiple systems within the body, including the body’s ability to detox chemicals and metals.  Since learning this, I have made it my mission to rid my children’s environment of as many toxins as humanly possible, thus lowering their body’s total toxic burden.  It has been a process for sure, but I am a determined mother who wants to provide every opportunity for their little bodies to heal and grow.

We have been on this journey for just over 2 years now, and were ready for the next step in cleaning up their environment.  I came across the New Living and Green Painter stores upon an Internet search for toxin free paints and mattresses.  I called and was lucky enough that Adam Brackman was willing to meet my husband and I on July 4th (when the store was closed) to discuss our needs and see the products both stores had to offer.”

“New Living proves that going green doesn’t always come with a higher price tag, however, we sometimes struggle to be able to provide for everything that our special family needs. We would only be able to afford two of the mattresses for the boys at this time and would hopefully be able to buy Camryn her own non-toxic mattress later in the year. When it came time for the mattresses to be delivered, Adam and his crew showed up to deliver the two mattresses. We had already prepared our daughter, telling her that today was about her brothers getting beds and she would get her own “big girl” bed soon. Camryn was filled with joy to see her brothers new beds, but felt a little left out and asked, “when do I get my own bed?” We were prepared to repeat what we had been telling her, but to all of our surprise, Adam said “How about today?” and miraculously pulled a third mattress out of the truck for her! He had worked behind the scenes and with some help from OMI and his family, and together they had taken care of her mattress. Wow! We were thrilled and Camryn was on her own “big girl” bed in minutes!

Adam and OMI went to great lengths to work with our family to make our mission a reality. We are TRULY thankful to him for all of his efforts and are humbled by his sensitivity to our mission and circumstance!!!  Thank you Adam, OMI and New Living!”

Thank you!!

Regards–
The Toll Patrol

Amber, Dale, Cooper, Carson, and Camryn

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 $2595 • full $3195 • queen $3395 • king $4695

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