Posted by|20 November 2013
They like keeping it wild… and so do we! During the month of November, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to Cascadia Wildlands. We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5000!
You only have until November 30, 2013, so make that pledge today!
We are extremely proud to support Cascadia Wildlands and the work they do to protect wild salmon, old growth forests, endangered predators, and the natural environment we hold so dear. This year, we are focusing on the pressing issue of wolf recovery and the proposed federal delisting, which would remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states.
By giving to The Wolf Defense Fund, you are supporting the efforts of Cascadia Wildlands to use legal tools and grassroots efforts to remind the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of their duty to defend an endangered animal hunted to near extinction in the 1920’s. Now, they are threatened once again.
The Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, needs to hear from you. The public comment period on delisting the gray wolf has been extended to December 17, 2013. Click the link below and make your voice heard!
“With the federal gray wolf delisting comments closing in mid-December and much work needed to ensure that wolves are properly protected in Oregon, Washington and California, Mountain Rose Herbs’ $5000 matching gift program in support Cascadia Wildlands’ wolf programs is perfectly timed to help us is our efforts to get more wolves in more places in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks Mountain Rose Herbs!” – Bob Ferris, Executive Director, Cascadia Wildlands.
How to Donate:
Please donate online today and help protect this iconic and keystone species.
Donate by mail: Cascadia Wildlands, P.O. Box 10455, Eugene, Oregon 97440
Contact Camille Gullickson with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541.434.1463
In the Eugene, Oregon area? Join us for an enchanting evening at Cascadia Wildlands’ 11th Annual Wonderland Auction, Saturday, December 14, 2013. For more details click here.
Posted by|04 November 2013
Vine Maple and Red Alder leaves crunch underfoot as our team of volunteers make their way down the road. Heads bent, eyes scan back and forth. We’re intent on finding pineapples. No, not the sweet tropical fruit, but the widespread, invasive species, Meadow Knapweed.
This plant produces a deceptively beautiful purple flower which blooms in late summer and fall, leaving behind a pineapple shaped cone perched upon a stalk that grows up 3 ½ feet tall. Meadow Knapweed out-competes native grasses and other plants like wild daisies, lupine, and Oregon Grape.
Three times since 2012, Mountain Rose Herbs’ employees have participated in this kind of “No Spray” project organized by our friends at Beyond Toxics. Many of us have come back year after year and it’s so encouraging to see the native plants retake the area where invasives once thrived.
This year, Mountain Rose River Project volunteers partnered with the GreenLane Sustainable Business Network volunteers and Beyond Toxics to remove Meadow Knapweed and Scotch Broom. The feisty, tenacious, grassroots non-profit organization, Beyond Toxics, has an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to not spray pesticides and herbicides on a 10 mile stretch of highway west of Eugene, Oregon. These types of sprays not only kill weeds but other plant and animal life. To prevent pesticide use that eventually runs off into streams and to protect salmon in the Siuslaw watershed, we must pull the weeds by hand.
The team stopped for lunch at Triangle Lake and had a wonderful time soaking up the sun. These sorts of opportunities make me appreciate Mountain Rose Herbs’ Paid Time for Community Involvement Program. It’s hard work that leaves us sore, but the joy of getting outside and helping groups like Beyond Toxics is well worth it! We removed a total of 25 bags of invasive species, ensuring that at least this stretch of the road will not be sprayed with pesticides which harm our watersheds, wildlife, and communities.
Photos taken by Nichole Hayward, CAWOOD
Posted by|10 September 2013
Our day began in the Mountain Rose parking lot here in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. If there is such a thing as perfect trash picking weather, this was it! Warm breeze, just a few raindrops to cool us off, cloud cover to shield us from the brutal sun and heat. Perfecto! Our team loaded tools, gloves, and trash bags into the Mountain Rose vehicle. Pickers and stickers in hand, we struck out to clean up a local trail.
We recently adopted a section of the bike path that runs parallel to the Amazon Creek canal which empties into the Long Tom River. Many of us use the bike path to get to and from work and we feel it’s our responsibility to help maintain the path and keep trash out of the creek.
As the Director of Sustainability, it’s up to me to organize these volunteer days. It’s probably the most fun and rewarding part of what I do here. The Mountain Rose River Project is a grassroots, employee-led program which completes 6-8 restoration projects each year as part of our Paid Time for Community Involvement Program. Funded entirely by Mountain Rose, we partner with numerous non-profits and governmental agencies. The teams of spunky volunteers tackle projects to restore riparian ecosystems, maintain stream health, and protect wildlife habitat.
So, on that fine drizzly day, we had the opportunity to get out of the office, give back to our community, and have some fun with co-workers. What makes us really proud is that fact that we collected 120 gallons of trash!
Check out our Facebook page for more photos from this fun day!
Posted by|27 August 2013
Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for our commitment to pesticide-free, non-genetically modified, organic plants. As we have grown over the years, we continue to seek out the highest quality organic or wild harvested products for our customers. We are proud to stand behind our principles of transparency, honesty, and organic agriculture. We recognize that we are stewards of the land and it is our responsibility to protect the health of our soils which sustain plant and animal communities.
It is the right of every person to know what they are putting into their bodies. That is why Mountain Rose Herbs supports Washington state’s GMO labeling ballot initiative I-522.
In just two months, Washington voters will decide the fate of GMO labeling which will have an impact on labeling in all 50 states. Polling shows that the majority of voters want common sense labeling passed. 64 countries around the world already require labeling of GM foods.
It’s time for us to get onboard.
Please consider getting involved and stand up to mega-corporations and special interest groups!
Posted by|29 July 2013
At Mountain Rose Herbs, we plant seeds. We like to see them grow, so we water and nurture them. We talk to them and give them lots of love. This is the same philosophy we use to support our non-profit partners. Check out two new organizations that Mountain Rose Herbs will encourage to bud, bloom, and flourish!
The Walama Restoration Project is a grassroots non-profit organization that serves the community by protecting and enhancing riparian areas, forests, and grassland ecosystems. They are a savvy organization that couples education with action as they work to raise awareness and inspire change within the community. Mountain Rose Herbs supports this group through annual financial contributions and by helping to disseminate literature. In addition, we partner with WRP for employee-led volunteer days through the Mountain Rose River Project.
This public interest law firm has a list of accomplishments as high as the mighty Sequoia trees grow and as impressive as the rushing western waters home to our beloved salmon. They use the power of law to defend and protect majestic landscapes, iconic wildlife, and rural farming communities. Mountain Rose Herbs supports WELC with an annual financial contribution. This year, WELC celebrates 20 years of defending the West and we couldn’t be more proud to be involved!
Learn about other inspirational organizations we support!
Posted by|15 July 2013
Mountain Rose Herbs sponsored a victory party for Beyond Toxics’ recent success, Oregon House Bill 3364. Beyond Toxics, a statewide environmental health non-profit based in Lane County, defied the odds to mobilize passage of a bold and effective environmental protections law in the 2013 Oregon Legislature.
In appreciation of their tireless work, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $2500 in the month of July.
Select “Matching Grant” from the dropdown menu
Why are we celebrating?
On June 4th, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law HB 3364, the State Integrated Pest Management Act. The new law, which goes into effect immediately, protects public health from pesticides, including the most vulnerable members of our communities. It safeguards our rivers, state forests and ecosystems. Overall, Oregon will see less pesticide use as well as more accountability and public input regarding state pesticide policy. The law also sets the stage for future improvements to agriculture, forest practices and riparian restorations. Beyond Toxics brought this bill forward and drove it all the way to the final affirmative landslide votes in the House and the Senate.
Reducing the amount of toxic pesticides means keeping thousands of gallons of chemical runoff from contaminating Oregon’s rivers, soils, and air. The passage of HB 3364 is a vital step toward increasing protection that is both a human rights issue and an environmental necessity. It manifests the tenacity, boldness, and vision Oregon’s environmental work is known for.
The new law applies to you while you’re exploring Oregon…
- hiking in Silver Falls State Park
- climbing in Smith Rock State Park
- driving along the picturesque Cascade Lakes State Highway
- picnicking amongst the cherry trees and fountains at the Oregon Capitol State Park
- fishing at Wallowa Lake State Park.
Everyone deserves the right to be safe from chemical trespass. Every single one of us deserves to have our food and drinking water free of carcinogens and hormone disruptors. We recognize mountains of evidence on the insidious harm to health and environmental integrity from pesticides. Beyond Toxics tirelessly works to protect salmon, bees, and the other creatures who cannot speak for themselves – they need non-polluted habitats too.
Donate through the month of July and Mountain Rose Herbs will match you dollar for dollar.
Posted by|10 July 2013
Since the City of Eugene’s plastic bag ban went into effect May 1, 2013, we’ve been giving away organic totes to customers who pick up their orders at our showroom. We’re giving away a total of 500 reusable,100% organic cotton bags! I sincerely hope that the City of Eugene will inspire others to reject single-use plastic bags and adopt practices to reduce and reuse waste.
Featuring our new Support Organic Agriculture design, these bags offer a perfect way to celebrate our dedication to recycling, reusing, and phasing out harmful materials from the waste stream.
Plastic bags have long been favored by retailers and consumers for their light weight and durability, but this convenience has come at a high cost to the environment. Produced from non-renewable fossil fuels, these bags take hundreds of years to decompose and often find their way out of the landfill, littering our neighborhoods, killing marine animals, and draining economic resources to clear them out of our cities and waterways.
Although paper bags are often thought of as more eco-friendly than their plastic counterparts, they too are a serious environmental nuisance. Millions of trees are cut down every year to produce paper bags, and the energy utilized to make, transport, and recycle them is greater than plastic.
As we strive for sustainability in all of our products and practices, we invite you to join us by using reusable tote bags for your shopping needs. Making this commitment helps protect our precious ecosystems!
Posted by|03 June 2013
We’re all spending more time outside and in the garden these days. Have you seen our Pesticide-Free garden signs? I proudly hung mine last week when I signed this pledge to keep my garden organic and free of toxic pesticides.
In support of Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, we are launching a matching gift campaign during the month of June. That means Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation, dollar for dollar up to $2,500! Please help us raise funds for this worthy cause.
For 35 years, NCAP has worked to protect community and environmental health, focusing on sustainable agriculture, clean water, parks, schools and places we live to reduce pesticide use.
“Mountain Rose Herbs is a mission based company that places precedence on absolute environmental quality and we have always made it a priority to partner with like-minded organizations that work to protect and enhance the world we live in. When we relocated to Eugene, Oregon we became intimately connected with Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides because of their strong stance on pesticide reform and the method in which they seek reform. We have always known that the environmental integrity of Oregon is hanging in a precarious balance, and that the health and wellbeing of our employees, farms, and communities are being seriously threatened. Thankfully we have NCAP to help protect the place where we live and work.” – Shawn Donnille, Vice President, Mountain Rose Herbs
Posted by|21 May 2013
Climate change is an undeniable fact. We feel it as we’re hit with extreme storm systems, a warming planet, melting icebergs, and rising tides. The fact is, humans have caused this global change and now we must all do our part to shift gears and find a solution. One way that Mountain Rose Herbs takes responsibility for the carbon dioxide emissions released in production of our organic herbs, spices and tea blends, and botanical products is through our partnership with Carbonfund.org, who’s motto is “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t.”
In 2012, our estimated carbon emissions amounted to 254 metric tons.
What we did to REDUCE:
- All light fixtures upgraded to low-impact fluorescents
- Cargo and delivery vehicles run on used vegetable oil based bio-diesel
- E-Star rated appliances, electronics and heating and cooling units
- Enrolled in EWEB Greenpower Program to support wind and solar energy sources
How we OFFSET with Carbonfund.org:
- Renewable Energy and Methane Projects
- Energy Efficiency Research and Carbon Credits
- Reforestation and Forest Preservation Projects
To find out more about Mountain Rose Herbs’ commitment to reducing carbon emissions or to learn how you can reduce your impact, visit: Carbonfund.org
Posted by|01 April 2013
As spring showers rain down upon us, they bring new growth and give us the opportunity to reflect. This seasonal change serves as an excellent reminder of our need for water and the value of clean water for fish and wildlife, agriculture, recreation, and for clean drinking water.
One of Mountain Rose Herbs’ long-standing non-profit partners, McKenzie River Trust, works resolutely to protect watersheds in western Oregon. By protecting special lands, restoring natural ecosystems, and connecting people to the places they care about, the McKenzie River Trust has guarded this precious and wondrous resource.
In support of their efforts, we are launching our 3rd annual Matching Gift Challenge during the month of April. If you donate to the McKenzie River Trust by April 30th Mountain Rose Herbs will double your impact by matching your gift dollar for dollar up to $5,000! Plus, if you give $100 or more, you will receive a McKenzie River Trust water bottle to sport around town or while adventuring in your favorite wild places.
To give your tax deductible donation now, please click here or mail a check to the McKenzie River Trust at the address below:
McKenzie River Trust
1245 Pearl Street
Eugene, OR 97401
Join Mountain Rose Herbs to protect the lands that cradle our rivers!
For more information about the McKenzie River Trust or the matching gift campaign, please go to www.mckenzieriver.org or contact Brandi Ferguson, Development Manager at email@example.com or 541-345-2799.
Posted by|26 March 2013
Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we continuously try to improve both our workplace environment and the natural world. This month, we were able to do both by planting native trees and shrubs!
Our landscaper, Holde Fink with Native and Urban Gardens, works to enhance our bioswale and beautify the backdrop at our facility by planting native trees. He is an Oregon Tilth Accredited Organic Land Care professional who employs no-spray methods and sustainable practices. In the warmer months, employees and furry friends alike enjoy the grassy knoll around the bioswale where they picnic and play.
We also participated in two back-to-back tree plantings through the Mountain Rose River Project, an employee-led volunteer group focusing on riparian restoration, stream health, and aquatic habitat protection.
March 8, 2013 – As a member of GreenLane, we linked up with McKenzie River Trust and a jubilant group of volunteers for a planting on Green Island outside of Eugene, OR. By the end of the day, we had established over 250 native plants!
March 9, 2013 – We sponsored a Friends of Trees planting along Amazon Creek close to the wetlands near our facilities. A total of 41 volunteers planted 104 trees, including Oregon White Oaks, Valley Ponderosas, and White Alders!
Learn more about Mountain Rose Herbs’ sustainability initiatives!
Posted by|27 February 2013
Mountain Rose Herbs is partnering with the University of Oregon Campus Zero Waste Program to reduce landfill waste by re-purposing 55 gallon barrels. The university will cut the tops off of these barrels that transport our bulk liquids, such as glycerine, aloe gel and hydrosols, and use them as recycling collection bins. In the past, these have also been made into rain barrels or donated to a local non-profit, M.E.C.C.A., Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts.
Our creative and passionate team of recycling experts have come up with new ways to reuse or recycle everything from old pens to paper towel rolls, plastic banding to twist ties. This is one more exciting development in our continuing efforts to eliminate waste.
Learn more about our Zero Waste Program!