Woo hoo! What an honor! Shawn Donnille, vice-president and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, received a Rachel Carson Award for Healthy Wildlife & Water from the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). Our hardworking friends at NCAP hosted the Healthy Harvest Celebration in Eugene, Oregon in early October where they presented the Rachel Carson Awards. We enjoyed an organic, locally-sourced, vegetarian meal while grooving to jazz tunes from local musicians, and celebrating our community commitment to sustainability. NCAP says, “Shawn exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities in the organic industry. He led Mountain Rose Herbs in eradicating conventionally-grown products from its product line and going entirely organic. This was the first time such a commitment had been made in the herbal industry.” NCAP joined Shawn on his 60-acre farm in rural Oregon to film the work he's done to clean up streams and waterways on his property that feed into the larger network of rivers in the […]
We are so thrilled and humbled to be recognized for this national award! The Charities@Work Corporate Excellence Award is given annually to one company for overall excellence in employee engagement known as Corporate Social Responsibility. While we operate as a mission-driven business, we were amazed to receive an award that has historically been given to large corporations like Sprint and Ameriprise Financial. It is an honor for us, but also a chance to show big business how focusing on people and planet before profit can inspire employees to get involved with community, give of themselves, their time, and make a difference! The following criteria were considered for the Corporate Excellence Award: Conducting a highly engaged and successful workplace giving campaign Executive leadership is engaged in all Corporate Social Responsibility activies Leadership in employee engagement best practices and activities How did we meet these requirements? Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we offer employees a […]
We're back from sunny California with a great honor in hand! Mountain Rose Herbs was named the 2015 Herbal Industry Leader Award recipient by the American Herbal Products Association at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California last week. We were thrilled to be recognized by our peers for going beyond normal business practices to advance the herbal industry. The efforts highlighted include our sustainability programs, a strict focus on organic agriculture, ethical sourcing, elevating the quality and identity of our botanical products, support of environmental conservation and organic advocacy groups, and sharing free herbal information through social media and community events. We were also acknowledged for our participation in the Osha Sustainability Study. “Receiving this recognition from AHPA and the herbal industry is a huge honor for Mountain Rose Herbs. Our goal has always been to lead with our hearts and our values, meaning plants, people, and planet before profit. We work for the herbs […]
We are so excited and proud to announce that our Vice President and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, Shawn Donnille has been named one of the 20 Under 40 “Rising Stars” in the local business community here in Lane County, Oregon! Shawn was nominated by our Facilities Manager, Mike Lasco, and we couldn’t be more tickled to celebrate Shawn’s recognition. In the nomination, Mike said that “by bringing the company to the forefront of the Internet age, Shawn has helped to foster its growth from an ‘out of the garage’ operation into one of Eugene’s largest and most dynamic employers, with three facilities and over 140 employees. (He) is an excellent example of dynamic, young leadership both in the business world and in the realm of environmental volunteerism.” Both Shawn and co-owner Julie Bailey have built Mountain Rose Herbs on their philosophy of people and planet before profit, and receiving this […]
You may have heard that October is Fair Trade Month, shining a much-needed spotlight onto the importance of Fair Trade Certified products, practices, and companies. We are excited to announce that some of your favorite herbs and spices for the season are now among our newest Fair Trade certified products, including Mace, Nutmeg, and Turmeric Root powder. At Mountain Rose Herbs, we are proud to have worked hard to go beyond traditional Fair Trade practices including partnering with IMO to become certified as Fair for Life. We wanted to challenge ourselves to meet the stringent requirements to certify our entire company, not just our products. To celebrate, we have some exciting news! Our company recently earned the highest achievement of a Level 5 rating for both Social and Fair Trade Certification and Social Responsibility. This is a huge accomplishment! Why are Fair Trade practices and certifications so important? Social equity […]
It isn’t often that business luncheons include a menu card listing all the local sources for the foods served. What a treat to read about the local farms and farmers who provided the delicious meal! When our Director of Sustainability, Alyssa Lawless, and I sat down at our table, we couldn’t wait to get to know some of the other business representatives—including, the folks from Rogue Creamery, artisan cheese makers from Central Point (who placed in the top ten as well.) While we were honored to discover we were among The 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon as determined by a survey of more than 18,000 employees from 440 companies and nonprofits, we had no idea where we’d place in the rankings until we arrived at the very sustainability-focused luncheon sponsored by Oregon Business magazine. Those who completed the survey were asked to rate how they […]
Mountain Rose folks Alyssa and Kori attended a ceremony yesterday for the 5th annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon…and we made the list! Here’s a shot of Alyssa our Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility accepting the award. This prize showcases exemplary workplaces that inspire and empower workers with a daily and enduring commitment to sustainable practices. How’d we do? We’ll bring you the full report next week!
Oh, wow! Today, Imbibe Magazine released its inaugural Imbibe 75 issue, spotlighting the 75 most notable people, places and flavors to watch in 2013. Chosen by Imbibe’s editors, the Imbibe 75 features interviews and recipes from some of the country’s leading drinks professionals, as well as their favorite product picks for 2013. Our organic handcrafted herbal teas made the list! It is such an honor for our teas to be recognized by this fantastic magazine – which we read and love! If this is your first time hearing about it, Imbibe is the magazine of liquid culture, celebrating anything drinkable from cocktails, beer, and wine, to teas, coffee, and craft sodas, as well as tool recommendations, reviews of bars, cafes, wineries, and restaurants, great interviews, delicious recipes, and sipping stories from around the world. We are so excited to be named tea company (and bulk botanical go-to for bartenders) of 2013 by their editors! You can find the issue featuring […]
We are proud to share some exciting news! The Oregon Sustainability Board selected Mountain Rose Herbs as the 2012 Grand Champion for the Governor’s Sustainability Award. The award was presented in Portland at the Northwest Environmental Conference and Tradeshow earlier this month by Oregon Secretary of State, Kate Brown. It is a tremendous honor and we are grateful to everyone who made this possible. Upon accepting the award, we were asked to impart a piece of advice to other organizations that are pursuing sustainability initiatives. Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices and community involvement. But how sustainability is defined and viewed within the company continues to change and evolve as it must. Whether the organization follows a top-down approach implemented by the owners or a grassroots effort initiated by employees, it’s important to agree on this definition and […]
What an incredible year! In 2011, we were honored with 3 awards for our environmental practices and projects including our Zero Waste facility, support of small organic farms, commitment to sustainable packaging, the wastewater diversion bioswale, and the Mountain Rose River Project, among many other innovative eco-initiatives we’re up to around here. We are absolutely ecstatic to receive recognition for environmental projects that are so near and dear to us. Now that the announcements have been made, we can share the exciting news with you! Our Awards in 2011! Oregon Organic Coalition ~ Award for Excellence ~ Wholesaler of the Year Emerald Awards ~ Environmental Values Award BRING Recycling ~ Re:think Award ~ Highest Score for Waste Reduction & Conservation of Natural Resources Hooray!!! Here’s the nomination video that was played at the Emeral Awards ceremony featuring an interview with Shawn Donnille and fantastic shots from around Mountain Rose Herbs. Check it out!
We just received word that the wonderful Organic Beauty Talk has named us Best Natural Essential Oils for their first annual eco-friendly product awards! We are thrilled to be honored by a community that helps educate consumers about toxic ingredients in the body care industry while supporting organic and sustainability-minded businesses. So, what are essential oils exactly and what makes ours so special? Potent and pure, essential oils are produced by steam distilling freshly harvested plants to extract and concentrate their properties. In fact, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of essential oil. This process has been perfected over 5,000 years. Ancient civilizations across Egypt, India, China, and beyond created fine oils for perfumery, healing, and spiritual ceremonies. European distillers continued to refine the process throughout the Late Middle Ages. As the desire for perfume grew during the 16th and 17th centuries, the production of essential oils became an art […]