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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click HERE for more information on OMI mattresses and bedding.
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!
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.
Introducing OMI’s two newest products, which debuted at the Summer Las Vegas Market: the Lago Nouveau and the Wave pillow top.
The OrganicPedic Lago Nouveau is a two-sided, 10” sculpted-surface mattress made with a 6” core of firm 100%-natural rubber latex under an internal, soft, sculpted-surface layer, and covered with our innovative new knit cushion quilting.
Features and Benefits
Sculpted surface offers pressure-point relief and increases air circulation
Pillow top built into the internal mattress design
Innovative knit cushion quilting
Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
Naturally mold, mildew, and dust-mite resistant
MSRP (mattress only): twin $4195• full $5075 • queen $5495 • king $6995
Foundation sold separately
Wave Pillow Top
The new Wave pillow top is made of 3” of 100%-natural rubber latex encased in certified organic cotton knit fabric. The Wave features a sculpted surface to provide comfort for sleepers with pressure-point issues. This comfortable and resilient natural-rubber pillow top provides added surface depth for sleepers, but does so with more firmness than the wool toppers without reducing the support of the mattress.
MSRP: twin $795• full $995 • queen $1195 • king $1595
Both the Lago Nouveau and the Wave pillow top are now available. For more information on new OMI Products, click HERE