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Back to School, Easy as 1-2-3

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It is time for the kiddos to go back to school. Whether they are starting off their first year of school in kindergarten or finishing their last semesters at college, every student can take a step toward being more conscious of the world we all live in.

Here are some great first leaps to make to help preserve our precious resources!

1. Recycled Supplies:

TreeSmart is a company based in Oregon that makes pencils and rulers out of recycled newspapers! They also make recycled crayons, pens and coloring booklets that have educational messages about recycling, endangered species and ways to help the environment.

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Have a small nub of a crayon left that seems unusable? Donate it to Crazy Crayons, which makes 100% recycled crayons from unwanted crayons collected by The National Crayon Recycle Program. They collect old crayon stubs and melt them down to liquid, then pour them into cute and funky moulds to give the crayons new life!

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2. Pack it in:

One of the best ways to recycle for the coming school year, is to reuse your old backpack, or swapping with a sibling or a friend can give everyone a new pack. If you are in need of a new one however, EcoGear provides very stylish and certified organic cotton backpacks for kids of every age. The Panda Eco-Pack Backpack in particular is great because it uses minimal plastic as well as being the perfect smaller size for young kids in school.

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3. Lunch with Love:

It might be adorable to tell your lil’ one on their first day of school how much you love them on the outside of their brown bagged lunch. By getting reusable containers for your kids to take lunch in. Reusable bottles for liquids instead of juiceboxes, as well as reusable forks, spoons, or even sporks, can help reduce the amount of plastic and paper going into our landfills every day. Plus, you can still stick a sweet note in their lunch box.

Extra Credit! First Day Outfit:

It feels great as a kid to go shopping for the first day of schools’ outfit. Second-hand stores are a great way to recycle old clothing and buy something “new” for your kids to wear, at a fraction of the cost of brand-new clothing.

For those of you with kids going off to college (or if you are a college student yourself), check out our tips for getting your dorm room ready.

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.

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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!

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.

Seven Earth Conscious Tips for an Awesome Dorm Room

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  Every year students all across the country make the big move to college.  This move is often the first chance to live away from home.  Setting up a dorm is no small task, especially for the first semester.  It is important to make your dorm room a comfortable place to study, sleep and hang out.  Why not make your room into a more earth-friendly place by making conscious decisions?  All it takes is a little creativity, effort, and a few tips and tricks.

1. Moving

Use reusable packing materials.  Transport clothes and other items in laundry baskets, bags and suitcases.  Be sure to recycle any boxes you used for moving.

2. Electronics and Appliances

Dorm rooms are usually stuffed with all types of electronics and appliances: Computers, printers, TVs, DVD players, sound systems, alarm clocks, mini fridges, microwaves and more.  Talk to your roommate about who brings what so you aren’t doubling up.  When buying electronics or appliances look for higher ENERGY-STAR-Certified ratings.  ENERGY-STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that rates electronics and the amount of energy that they use to help consumers purchase items that do not use excess amounts of electricity.  Be sure to turn off all electronics when not in use.  Also, plugging electronics into power strips is a great solution to easily turn off multiple electronics at once. Choose electronics that serve multiple purposes, such as an alarm clock that’s also a speaker and charger for an iPod or iPhone.  A laptop with a large screen that can act as not only a computer but a TV and DVD player, too.

3. Furniture

Most dorm rooms come furnished, but can often be lacking key pieces such as chairs or bookshelves.  If possible, look for second-hand or recycled products made from sustainable processes and materials.  The typical particleboard furniture found in dorms can contain formaldehyde and other chemicals that can offgas and pollute indoor air so steer clear of them when you can.

4. Lighting

Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bubs or LED lights, which consume less energy and last longer than standard bulbs, as well as giving off better light to allow for the better studying.

5. Air Quality

Improve air quality in the dormand add some appeal by having a green plant or two.  The plants help to absorb unwanted airborne gases and brighten up your surroundings.  A trip to your local nursery can help you pick out a plant that will thrive indoors in low-light conditions.

6. Bed and Bedding

It is essential for students to have a good night’s sleep to help keep the brain fresh and ready to learn.  To make a good night’s sleep possible, be sure to have a comfortable and natural mattress and bedding that doesn’t offgas toxic chemicals.  We offer several economical options of organic mattresses, including the Midori – one of our classic mattresses – available in Twin XL, which fits most form beds.

OMI Midori

MSRP (mattress only): twin $1495• twin XL $1595• full $1895 • queen $2195 • king $3095

Foundation sold separately

If you can’t change out your mattress, invest in a Mattress Barrier Cover, which encases the entire mattress to protect from bed bugs and dust mites, reducing allergens.

OMI Mattress Barrier Covers starting at $220

 Bedding is just as important as a mattress, since it needs to be comfortable and made without the use of chemicals.  Pick soft and luxurious organic cotton sheets and all season wool comforters.  You can choose a duvet made with color grown cotton to add some color but make sure it is organic.

OMI Eco-Wool™ Comforter starting at $475

Click HERE for more information on OMI mattresses and bedding.

7. Decorations

Many students want to make their dorm rooms comfortable and homey.  Rather than buying all new decorations, choose items from your bedroom at home and revamp them to better fit the dorm.  Use material from a favorite shirt or old curtains to cover corkboards, creating an area to hang pictures, notes and other items and add color.  Coordinate with roommates to get complimentary organic duvet covers and cover you thrifted loveseat with matching sheets.

 

Find more tips and useful ideas by going to Teens Turning Green’s ‘Project Green Dorm’ website HERE.  Enter their challenge for a chance to win OMI products as well as many other fabulous and green prizes!

Teens Turning Green Hosts First GREEN UNIVERSITY

On December 2, Teens Turning Green hosted the very first Green University for 12 high school and college students who participated in this year’s Project Green Challenge.

Held in the Bay Area, the students were flown in from around the country to take part in a two-day eco-summit at which they presented their final presentations for PGC, in which a winner was chosen by an esteemed panel of judges.

Project Green Challenge is a 30-day eco lifestyle challenge in which students from around the country were presented with a challenge each day in order to educate and inspire them to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Thousands of students participated, representing over 500 campuses. Only 12 finalists were selected to attend Green University, however. Learn about all 12 finalists HERE.

“What my peers accomplished in 24-hour blocks was extraordinary!” said 20-year-old campaign co-Founder and TTG spokesperson Erin Schrode. “As young people, we are driven by passion and an understanding of our individual and collective impact. With resources at our fingertips, we can amplify messages at unimaginable speeds and scales. Empowered and educated, we have incredible power to affect change – and have begun to act, beginning with PGC!” Schrode – along with her mother, TTG Founder and Executive Director Judi Shils, 15 interns, and a highly dedicated PGC team – crafted this project from scratch over the past eight months. “It was a dream that we brought to life with some of the most extraordinary young leaders we have ever worked with. The journey is just beginning – the goal: a  sustainable and just world at the hands of these brilliant young activists.”

Mother/Daughter Founders Erin Schrode and Judi Shils

The finalists were joined by eco experts such as Lt. Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; Susan Black of EO Products; Caitlin Bristol of eBay Green; Allison Cook of Story of Stuff Productions; Melissa DeSota of Steelcase Inc.; Maria Emmer-Aanes of Nature’s Path Organic Foods; Susie Hewson of Natracare; Zem Joaquin of ecofabulous; Rachna Kejriwal of Kejriwal Paper USA; Ashley Koff, R.D. of Ashley Koff Approved; David Lannon of Whole Foods Market; Domenica Peterson of Global Action Through Fashion; Debbie Raphael of the CA Department of Toxic Substance Control; Beth Rattner of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; Maya Spaull of Fair Trade USA; and graduate students from Stanford Business School and the Presidio University Green MBA Program to name a few.

Raychel Santo, a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, was named the winner of Project Green Challenge. She received a number of amazing prizes, including a $5,000 education scholarship from sponsor Natracare, as well as a twin-size OMI mattress and an organic sheet set from OMI’s sister company, Lifekind. View the entire list of prizes HERE.

More about PCG Winner Raychel Santo:

PGC Winner Raychel Santo

Raychel is a sophomore double-major in Public Health Studies and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, her passion for everything “green” began with her discovery of the sustainable food movement in her last few years of high school. As she voraciously read and watched every food and nutrition-related piece she could get her hands on, she stumbled into a passion that would fill her hunger for knowledge, justice, and a purpose in life. Upon arriving to college as a freshman, she co-founded a student group called Real Food Hopkins, a chapter of the national Real Food Challenge “committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane, and fair food to the Johns Hopkins campus and the surrounding Baltimore area.” Raychel is also a member of the JHU Students for Environmental Action club, the undergraduate representative on the JHU Office of Sustainability’s Student Advisory Committee, a Grassroots Leader for the national Real Food Challenge team, and a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, where she works for the Meatless Monday campaign and other Healthy Monday campaigns.

To learn more about Project Green Challenge and Teens Turning Green, visit the website HERE.  Find them on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated about future events, as well as next year’s Project Green Challenge.

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