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FTC Revises Green Guides

Since we opened our doors, we have always been committed to being as organic and pure as we can be. We know that it sometimes costs more money to make sure that the raw materials we use are sourced from organic and American sources. We spend extra on our raw materials to make sure that they have the certifications to prove their purity, and we even spend money to test our finished products to make sure that we maintain the level of purity that our customers expect of us. Because we go to these lengths to show that we are doing what we say, it has always miffed us a little bit to see new companies popping up with these great claims of organic purity, being “all-natural” or environmentally friendly, without any way to back up these claims.

We were happy to read today that the revised Green Guides have been released.

“In terms of furniture and bedding, I think there are still a lot of general claims being made by the industry and the updated green guides are very loud and clear (that) there should not be unsubstantiated claims made.”

We feel especially proud since Walt, our president/CEO advised on the new green guides. The revisions are written to make sure that marketers are not making any deceptive or misleading claims about the purity of their products. To learn more, you can visit the FTC’s website where you can read about the changes and download the full guide.

What Your Sleep Position Says About You

When you go to bed every night you flop around until you find that perfect position in bed.  A comfortable position is not just your key to a comfy night’s sleep, it can offer insights into your personality traits.

A study of 1,000 sleepers analyzed by body language expert Robert Phipps found that there were 4 main types of sleeping positions and each position pointed to specific personality traits.  How do you sleep?

The Fetal Position

If you curl up into a ball when you sleep you are not alone.  About half of the study group slept in a fetal position.  According to the survey, sleepers who are sleeping in the fetal position are looking for comfort and are often constant worriers.  While they are very conscientious during waking hours, these are people who tend to over think their tasks and daily lives.  Also tend to be shy and sensitive, though they present a tough exterior to the world.

The Log Position

The log sleep position is when you sleep straight in a vertical line, with your arms at your sides.  Nearly a third of the people studied slept like a “log” and this can indicate that they are a bit rigid with their personalities.

The Yearner

The yearner is when you lay on your side with your arms outstretched.  The study showed about a quarter of sleepers sleep in the yearner position. Yearners are people who get up in the morning with an excitement to get out there and chase their dreams.

The Freefall Position

 The freefall position is when you sleep on your stomach with your arms and legs all over the bed.  Only a fifth of the people studied were considered freefallers.  The freefall position can indicate that the sleeper is seeking control of time and space in a way that they do not feel they have when they are awake.

Regardless of what position you sleep in, you should be doing it on an OrganicPedic Mattress.  Discover your perfect position by visiting an OMI retailer near you.  Find them on our Store Locator HERE.

OMI Featured in PGD Interview

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Amanda Chou was the first place winner of Project Green Dorms Makeover Contest a back-to-school resource to help students across the US move from conventional to conscious living lifestyles created by Teens Turing Green.  The contest invited students 18 and older to curate their version of the ultimate green dorm room or living space on Pinterest! Each Pinterest board had to contain between 25 to 50 eco items with a brief description of what makes each item green or eco-friendly. The Green Dorm contest ran from August 1 through September 3. A team of esteemed judges juried the entries and selected first, second, and third place winners!  The Grand Prize included a many wonderful eco and sage products including OMI’s Organic Pillows, Eco Wool Comforter, and beautiful 1 1/2 inch Eco Wool Topper.

Here is a link to the interview with Amanda Chou as she explains how she has gone green and about her quest to encourage others to join her.

Going seamlessly green in college dorms | Piedmont – WXII Home.

Project Green Dorm is a segway into Project Green Challenge, were 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 grand prize winner will receive many prizes from retailers such as eBay Green, The Container Store, Whole Foods Market, and many more including OMI.  OMI wanted to be sure that the winner was sleeping healthy and contributed a Midori Twin Mattress, 1.5″ Wooly, Comforter and Organic Cotton Pillow. 

Join the challenge NOW!  Challenge started October 1st and there is still time to enter and win!

No More Plastic Water Bottles

Plastic water bottles are seen everywhere from grocery stores to schools.  Many people are unaware that there is so much waste created in the production and use of the plastic water bottles. According to National Geographic, “Americans drink more bottled water than any other nation, purchasing an impressive 29 billion bottles every year. Making all the plastic for those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually. That is equivalent to the fuel needed to keep 1 million vehicles on the road for 12 months. If you were to fill one quarter of a plastic water bottle with oil, you would be looking at roughly the amount used to produce that bottle.” For more water bottle pollution facts visit the National Geographic website HERE.

Concord, Massachusetts has tackled the issues surrounding water bottles and has become the first U.S. city to ban the sale of bottled water. Concord residents voted to ban the bottle citywide in an effort to promote sustainability.  The debate of the issue occurred in a Concord town meeting, and after nearly 2 hours of debate, attempted amendments and a recount, the vote was accepted.  The ban is for the sale of single-serving PET (polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles of less than 1 liter (34 ounces). The State Attorney General approved the bylaw, therefore the ban will be finalized on January 1st, 2013.

Using reusable bottles for water can save you money while reducing your impact on the planet.  There are many options for replacing plastic water bottles, from glass to stainless steel.  Choose the best option for you and enjoy.

Enjoy this video and follow the marching water bottles all the way to the recycling bin.

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 $195

OMI Pillow Barrier Covers Prices Starting at $52

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

How are you sleeping?

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National Sleep Foundation 2012 Bedroom Poll discovered that most consumers are not getting good sleep every night.

When polled the participants were asked, “How many nights can you say, I had a good nights sleep?”

Every night/ almost every night           34%

A few nights a week                                 42%

A few nights a month                              12%

Rarely                                                          10%

Never                                                            2%

The survey shows us how only one-third of consumers say they are getting a good night sleep every night or almost every night.  The big number that gets overlooked is the two-thirds of consumers that are not getting a good night sleep.  And almost one in four consumers are getting a good night sleep just a few nights a month, or less.

What category does your sleep fall into? If you are like 2 out of every 3 consumers that does not get a good night sleep every night, it is time to consider getting a comfortable bed that allows for proper support and comfort.  Visit an OMI retailer to help you get a great night of sleep every night, check HERE for locations near you.

If a full night of sleep is not reason enough, take these health benefits into account:

Major Benefits

Better Health

A study found that C-reactive protein, which is associated with heart attack risk, was higher in people who got six or fewer hours of sleep a night. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.

Better Weight Control

An earlier bedtime can help boost your diet.  Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—56% of their weight loss—than those who were sleep deprived, who lost more muscle mass. (They shed similar amounts of total weight regardless of sleep.)  Dieters in the study also felt hungrier when they got less sleep.

Safer Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2009 that being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance—even more than alcohol!   “Sleepiness is grossly underrated as a problem by most people, but the cost to society is enormous,” Dr. Rapoport says.

“Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making.” Insufficient sleep for just one night can be as detrimental to your driving ability as having an alcoholic drink.

 Improve Your Memory

Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake in a  process called consolidation. “If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice,” says Dr. Rapoport, who is an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center. “But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better.” In other words if you’re trying to learn something new—whether it’s Spanish or a new tennis swing—you’ll perform better after sleeping.

Remember to visit an OMI retailer soon to find a mattress that will not only make you sleep soundly, but safely.

Happy Independence Day!

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We at OMI wish you a happy 4th of July!  May we continue to celebrate all the nations of this world.

Enjoy this video tribute to Independence Day.

Have a fun and safe holiday!

Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market

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OMI is on a roll!  We are gearing up to introduce some innovative new products at Market.  The World Market Center houses the OMI showroom allowing customers and retailers to see and feel our entire OrganicPedic line.   OMI will be debuting new products so stay tuned on the OMI Blog for more information.

Mark your calendars and join us at the Las Vegas Market, July 30th through August 3rd, at Showroom C-1515.

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

The Midori is Back!

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You wanted a mattress under $2000… and we did it!

Welcome the Midori Back!

$1995 Queen MSRP

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 $1295 • full $1695 • queen $1995 • king $2695 Foundation sold separately

For more information on OrganicPedic® mattresses, click HERE.

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