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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 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 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.”

Fashionably Organic

H&M Organic Spring Collection

There are many ways to make your life safer and less toxic, and starting with an organic mattress is a big step. Most people who are sleeping organically are eating organically also. But are you dressing organically?

Ten years ago it was next to impossible to find organic clothing options. However, with the organics industry growing every year, more and more manufacturers and designers are making the moral choice to use fabrics made from organic raw materials. Even the high-fashion and couture houses are making the switch, as we see ever so apparently in Fall fashion shows across the world.  From São Paulo to Los Angeles to New York to London, organics are taking the fashion world by storm.

Here are the top 12 brands and retailers who are “going organic” (ranking by Organic Exchange):

#12:  Nordstrom (USA) ­– stocking more sustainable lines such as EDUM and Eileen Fisher, they also have a line of men’s dress shirts, casual shirts, and boxers made of organic cotton.

#11:  Adidas – they use sustainable materials such as organic cotton in their Adidas by Stella McCartney and Adidas Grün collections.

#10:  Target – brought organic cotton into the stores by introducing limited-edition lines by Rogan Gregory and Loomstate.  They also have organic options in their “Home by Target” collection.

#9:  Levi Strauss – although the company has been using organic materials since 2006, they have paved the way for organic denim since, and have become the leader in organic blue jeans.

#8:  Greensource (USA) – mainly a t-shirt company, they have recently expanded to home and bath products as well.  They just so happen to also grow all of their own organic cotton.

#7: Coop Switzerland – although they specialize in being the second-largest coop supermarket in the world, they also purchase a large slice of the fair-trade organic-cotton textile industry.

#6:  Anvil Knitwear – the largest purchaser of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton, they also produce the world’s first carbon-neutral t-shirt.

#5:  H&M – incorporating organic cotton since 2004, this fashion retailer is making an effort to increase its use of organic materials by 50 percent every year until 2013.

#4:  Williams-Sonoma – through brands such as Pottery Barn, PB Teen, and West Elm, they have introduced organic cotton into their bedding, bath, and upholstery products.

#3:  Walmart (USA) – purchases over 12 million pounds of organic cotton to incorporate into their clothing, bath, and upholstery lines.

#2:  Nike (USA) – although the already incorporate organic cotton, the company’s goal is to have a minimum blend of 10 percent organic cotton in all cotton-containing attire by 2015.

#1:  C&A (Belgium) – although better known in Europe, this popular clothing line sold over 23 million organic cotton products in 2010.

Happy shopping!

A Wake-Up Story

Check out this amazing video from our friends at Healthy Child Healthy World.

Viva Las Vegas! OMI debuts new products at World Market

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World Market Las Vegas is 5,000,000 sq ft that house an impressive display of beautiful showrooms featuring furniture and mattress industry companies. Twice a year, companies descend upon Las Vegas to show the latest products.  Although the shows are mainly focused on the industry, they are also consumer friendly!

Las Vegas World Market Center

 The show ended up being a huge success, leaving everyone very excited about our three newest products which debuted this year.

The first is our new Tahoe mattress.  This Innerspring mattress uses the magic of 100%-Natural Rubber Latex inside to help soften and cushion, as well as help eliminate EMF’s.  It is a revolutionary product that includes the new REST™(Rubber Enhanced Spring Technology) system which is exclusive to OMI.  This mattress is not only comfortable, but it’s affordable!

The Tahoe

The second product introduced was the Flora Nouveau.  This beautiful new mattress echos the same supportive feel of our original Flora, but has a luxurious new quilting that makes the mattress feel softer and positively divine.  The quilting incorporates 100%-Natural Rubber Latex to make the mattress feel similar to a mattress topper, without the added layer of one.

The Flora Nouveau

Last but not least, OMI debuted the new Verona Topper.  This gorgeous new topper is constructed of 2 inches of buttery soft 100%-Natural Rubber Latex encased in our beautiful Knit fabric.  It offers a substantial softness to any mattress without adding too much height.

For more information on any of the new products call the OMI office at 1-800-951-9196.  Better yet, stop by our “Find a Store” section on the OMI website HERE to find a retail store close to you!


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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

~ Mother Teresa

Thank you to all of our amazing retailers and family of customers for the amazing feedback and  friendly thoughts on OMI.  Your kindness and loyalty are forever appreciated.

Here are some of the wonderful things people are saying about OMI:

“Known for an obsessive devotion to quality, comfort, and the protection of the environment, OMI.” 

- Maureen Smithe, Walter E. Smithe Furniture, Chicago, IL

“What a nice way to Green the World”

- Edward Olshansky, owner of Green Cradle, CA

“OMI has proven efficacy with the highest quality and most luxurious organic mattresses available, providing incredible comfort for the ‘third of your life’ spent in bed.”

- Zem Joaquin, founder & CEO

“It’s no secret that as new parents we want what’s best for our babies – whether it’s our first or our fifth. Buying organic baby products is a great step towards insuring the health of our children – not only because it’s better for them right now, but because organically grown material is better for the environment as a whole.  OMI is one of the finest examples of this concept.

- Rebecca Hassel, Giggle NY

“We felt it made sense to compliment our sustainable furniture lines with an organic mattress, but wanted to make sure that what we offered was the most authentic mattress on the market.  We have been very happy with the customer response to the OrganicPedic collection.”

- Aaron Resnik, HD Buttercup Division Sales Manager

OMI featured in “Made in America” by ABC World News

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OMI was recently included in ABC World News with Diane Sawyer segment “Made in America” which features a coast-to-coast list of products made right here on our own stomping grounds.

Go to the ABC website HERE to check out the great story highlighting companies who, like OMI, are keeping it as local as possible.

New article on OMI from Healthy Living Magazine

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Check out this great article from Healthy Living Magazine on news stands now!
"Don't Walk" article from Healthy Living Magazine

"Don't Walk" article from Healthy Living Magazine (volume 15, number 6)


Dwell on Design: Modern Living 2011

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This year OMI was privileged to take part in west coast’s largest modern design event, Dwell on Design.  It is a multi-day festival of modern design featuring a design conference, exhibition, home tours, and special events that was held from June 24th-June 26th at the LA Convention center.  The OMI Terra mattress was chosen to be displayed in the Modern Living house by ecofabulous!  Eco expert and founder of ecofabulos Zem Joaquin along with talented designers, architects and interior designers team up to bring the latest and greatest in sustainability and eco design for your home, creating a modern dweller’s 550 sq. ft. eco-friendly dream home!

Modern Living Showhouse at Dwell on Design

“The MODERN LIVING Showhouse is a fantastic, innovative example of a highly-functional, beautiful, and affordable execution of residential design using reclaimed and sustainable materials. This is what happens when creativity and good design work together for the greater good of the environment.” – Michela O’Connor Abrams, President, Dwell Media LLC

The show was a huge success and so much fun!  OMI was honored and excited to be surrounded by so many wonderful eco products and design.  Thank you Zem and everyone at ecofabulous and Dwell on Design for such a great experience.

OMI's Kim James and ecofabulous Founder Zem Joaquin

To learn more about Dwell on Design and the Modern Living house visit the Dwell on Design website HERE and check out Zem’s wonderful tips and advice on stylish eco-living at the ecofabulous website!


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