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OMI does not, and will never sell “memory foam”

It has come to our attention that one of our competitors, Essentia, is using our trademarked name, OrganicPedic®, in their advertising and claim that they are the new “Organic Pedic memory foam”.

OMI does not, and will NEVER make memory foam mattresses.  This Canadian company is attempting to profit off of our good name and does not respect our American trademark.  The company’s infringement brings into question the lengths it will go to sell a mattress.

This link explains some of the fraud that is going on in the mattress industry >>
Greenwashing to watch out for >>
Find an OrganicPedic® retailer near you. >>

The Spirit of the Holidays

The true spirit of the holidays has become apparent in the last few weeks as the Secret Santa movement has gained steam. The Secret Santa movement involves people visiting national retailers and paying off the balances of strangers’ layaway accounts for items such as toys and clothes.

It seems to have started a few weeks ago in Michigan, when an anonymous donor showed up at a Kmart in Grand Rapids and spent $500 to pay off three accounts. After media coverage of that donation, a man showed up the next day to pay $2,000. The story soon went viral, spreading through Twitter, YouTube, blogs and local media coverage. From there it has spread across the nation…

So-called Secret Santas have shown up mostly at Kmarts in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Colorado. Some have done their good deeds at Walmart, including one man who paid $8,880 to assure 23 families in Avon, Ohio could get their gifts. Another Secret Santa was a woman from Indianapolis in her mid-40’s who paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. Before she left the store she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts full of toys for a woman in line at the cash register. Not all acts have been so large, but people have been paying what they can towards others’ layaway accounts in an effort to make a difference.

To some $40 may not seem like a lot, but to others it can be the difference in making the holidays bright! It is these acts that bring a sense of community in the world.

Here’s a video to show how the the trend of giving is taking off…

So let the holiday spirit fill you.

Happy Holidays!

2011 EMA Awards Wrap-Up

This year’s Environmental Media Association Awards ceremony was a huge success!  Not only did it feature more A-list celebrities than past year’s, but it also brought more media attention.  The goal of the organization is to use the power of celebrity to get the word out about eco, green, and environmental practices, and this year they did just that! With a green carpet packed with celebrities and environmental gurus, the attendance brought more news and media outlet coverage.

The award ceremony was followed by an organic dinner prepared by award-winning chefs and a silent auction.  OMI donated a Terra mattress for the auction which also included other enviromental and eco-concious items, with all proceeds going to various charities.

The Honorees:

Justin Timberlake - EMA Futures Award

Marc Nathanson – EMA Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award

Southern California Edison – EMA Corporate Responsibility Award

PGA Green – EMA Green Production Award

The Winners:

Yogi Bear – Feature Film

Revenge of the Electric Car – Documentary

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – “Fracked” – Television Episodic Drama

Futurama – “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” – Television Episodic Comedy

Real Time With Bill Maher – Episode 188 & HGTV Green Home 2011 - Reality Television

Bubble Guppies – Children’s Television

Take a look at the Highlight Video as well as pictures from the Awards below.

Amy Smart, Nicole Richie, Christa B. Allen, Kim Raver, Charlotte Ross

Aubrey Plaza, Darryl Hannah, Emily VanCamp, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Madeleline Stowe

Constance Zimmer, Wendie Malick, Perrey Reeves, Michelle Kwan, Justin Timberlake

2011 Mom on a Mission

Healthy Child Healthy World is a movement to empower parents to protect their children from harmful chemicals. More and more evidence is found connecting everyday environmental contaminants to asthma, learning disabilities, obesity, cancer and more. The organization was founded in 1991, by James and Nancy Chuda after their daughter Colette died from Wilm’s tumor, a rare non-hereditary cancer. Read about their touching story HERE.

OMI has joined forces with this wonderful organization to help children sleep safe and honor moms who, through love and perseverance, help to create a healthy future for our children.

Mom on a Mission is a program that honors parents working within their communities to create healthier and happier environments for children and families.  On October 28th Healthy Child Healthy World announced their 2011 Mom on a Mission winner, Tamara Rubin, at Stella McCarthy Kids boutique in New York City.  Tamara Rubin is the founder of the Lead Safe America Foundation that raises awareness to the hazards of lead based paints in and around the homes. Watch the video below to learn more about Tamara’s selfless mission.

Over 125 people attended the private event earning more than $500 from the raffle alone! OMI donated a 100%-natural rubber Youth Bed for the raffle. Alexandra Zissu was the winner of the Twin size mattress made with a single core USDA certified organic natural rubber latex sap, covered with our signature OrganicPedic knit quilting. We were excited to be able to give Alexandra’s children a healthy and chemical free bed to enjoy many peaceful nights of dreams in!

Read more about the OMI Youth Bed as well as other wonderful products on our website and make sure to vote for next years 2012 Mom on a Mission nominees by clicking HERE.

Event Photos

OMI featured at Hollywood Gala; Justin Timberlake to receive Environmental Award.

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Justin Timberlake can now add eco-warrior to his already impressive résumé, as he will collect the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) Gala next weekend.

Celebrating future environmental leaders in the entertainment industry, the Futures Award will be given to Timberlake for using his celebrity to promote environmental issues, his attempts to create a carbon neutral footprint while on tour, and the eco-friendly Mirimichi golf course he built in his hometown of Millington, Tennessee.

Previous winners of the prize include the actors Edward Norton and Rosario Dawson.

EMA President Debbie Levin said that Timberlake and fellow honoree the Producers Guild of America “demonstrate taking a green lifestyle to the next level.”

Past EMA Awards Gala:

OMI’s Terra mattress will be featured as a hot new product during the Gala event at Warner Bros. Studios and will be part of EMA’s Silent Auction.

EMA mobilizes the entertainment industry in educating people about environmental issues, which in turn inspires them to take action.  The annual EMA Awards honor film and television personalities, productions, musicians and musical tours that convey environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways. The work that EMA has done for almost 20 years has helped inspire millions of people to reduce air pollution, ensure clean water for drinking and recreation, protect endangered species, preserve open spaces, minimize waste, promote a safe food supply (go organic!) and live more environmentally sustainable lives.

The feature films The Other Guys, Rio and Yogi Bear; documentaries Carbon Nation, African Cats, Revenge of the Electric Car and Saving Pelican 895; TV dramas Body of Proof, CSI and The Good Wife; and comedies Futurama, Hot in Cleveland and Nurse Jackie will be showcased at the event as projects that have carried a positive, environmentally friendly message in the past season.

Teens Turning Green

Our  friend Erin Shrode from Teens Turning Green is one of the brilliant young minds behind Project Green Challenge, a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.

Here is a excerpt from their website about the movement:

This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

How it Works

Throughout October a daily green challenge will be outlined on ProjectGreenChallenge.com and in an email delivered to each participant who has signed up . Each challenge will be supported with resources, tips, facts and a green glossary.

Over the course of the 30-day Challenge, participants will share their responses to challenge tasks on ProjectGreenChallenge.com utilizing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Get Your Green Diploma

Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.

Challenge Champion

A panel of judges will name one finalist as the Project Green Challenge Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize package and the opportunity to work with Teens Turning Green and its partners in the coming year.

Join the Challenge!

Be apart of a world changing initiative – sign up today!

And be sure to get your friends and school involved in Project Green Challenge. Two students from participating schools will be invited to participate as Project Green Challenge Campus Reps and to lead the effort on their school campuses. Click here if you want to see what the job entails and to sign up.

Take the challenge today and help your generation protect our planet!

“I AM” Global Green USA takes on Climate Change

From our friends at Global Green USA:

“Among other challenges, global warming is causing our sea levels to rise and putting our coastal cities — and billions of people — at risk across the globe. Global Green is working hard to protect these cities and other communities affected by climate change.   We are all in this together, and friends of Global Green are joining us in making a plea to help stop climate change, by demanding that our leaders invest in green technologies and green jobs now. You can also help us make a difference and guarantee a healthier future.”

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