Environmental Action

Oregon Wild Matching Gift

Stand with Mountain Rose Herbs and Oregon Wild to protect the Rights of Nature! Donate Here In mid-November, I had the pleasure of hearing Winona LaDuke speak at the University of Oregon on the topic of The Rights of Nature. Ancient old growth forests, river ecosystems, and endangered species cannot cast a ballot or speak for themselves. They need our help to survive. Oregon Wild is working to protect and restore Oregon's natural treasures as a lasting legacy. More than ever before, Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters need us to be their voice. Donate during the month of December, and Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5,000! "For over 40 years, Oregon Wild has worked to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters — from standing up for native keystone species like gray wolves and sea otters to defending the last of our old-growth […]

  • Zero waste tips for buying less & celebrating more!

Zero waste tips for buying less & celebrating more!

The holidays are the most giving and generous time of the year. They are also the most wasteful. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans throw out about 25 million tons more trash than normal — a 25 percent increase over the rest of the year. We can change that! Here’s a list of suggestions to help you celebrate the holidays, or any special occasion, while making the planet happy: Make a gift using upcycled material. This one is near and dear to our hearts. You knew that, right? Not as crafty as you’d like to be? Bake a treat or invite your friends over for a lovely home-cooked meal. They can return the favor by making it a potluck party. Donate in someone’s honor. Your loved ones are as concerned about conserving resources as you are, right? You can honor them and give back to the planet by donating to […]

Double Your Donation to Save the Elliott Forest

Help us climb the mountain and save the Elliott State Forest!   I grew up exploring the forest in my backyard, splashing in creeks, climbing trees, and playing imaginary games. Throughout my childhood, we took family hiking and camping trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Access to public lands allowed me and countless others to connect with nature. Those experiences shaped who I am. Oregon is my home these days and I feel that same connection to the forest. I love packing up the car and making my way into the wilderness, away from cell service and the buzz of the highway. Whether it’s the Cascade Range or the Coast Range, I’m happy being outside! The 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest is one of those places that provides an escape and is spiritually restorative. But the Elliott is under attack. The Oregon State Land Board may privatize […]

How do you commute to work?

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we want to minimize our carbon footprint. One way we do this is through our Alternative Commute Program. We encourage employees to stay healthy and reduce CO2 emissions by not traveling to work in single occupancy vehicles. Once again, we participated in Eugene’s  Business Commute Challenge (BCC) and broke personal records! We competed against like-size companies, University of Oregon departments, City of Eugene offices, and nonprofits to see who could log the most miles walking, biking, busing, or carpooling to work. Mountain Rose Herbs came in fifth place out of 50 teams in our category and overall participation increased compared to last year! Fifty-one MRH employees logged 145 round-trips, compared to 47 employees who logged 133 trips in 2015. If you like numbers, the BCC set records too this year. All together, 269 teams and 2,820 participants joined in the fun. We collectively saved 83,265 […]

  • Organic Farms in Oregon - Mountain Rose Herbs

Our Organic Farms in Oregon

It's Organically Grown in Oregon Week! Mountain Rose Herbs carries many certified organic herbs, and we’re proud to be a part of Oregon's thriving organic industry! Help us celebrate the 28th Annual Organically Grown in Oregon Week (September 11-17, 2016), a tradition that began in 1988 as a means for acknowledging Oregon's organic industry and leaders of the organic movement.   We are proud to offer local, organic products from our home state.     A few products brought to you from our organic farmers in Oregon… Blessed Thistle Nettle Root Oatstraw  Peppermint Plantain Leaf Spearmint We also offer certified organic herb garden seeds from Horizon Herbs based in Oregon!     This is a call to action both for Oregonians and anyone who sees the value of supporting organic farms and producers.   What you can do: Shop organic at your local farmers market Buy locally-produced organic products from your co-op […]

  • Herb Stories: Protecting Our Trilliums

Herb Stories: How We Protect Trillium

We are so excited to share this post from our upcoming Free Herbalism Project speaker Susan Leopold, PhD.! Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she worked as a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian […]

  • Double Your Donation: Safeguard Salmon from Suction Dredge Mining

Double Your Donation: Safeguard Salmon from Suction Dredge Mining

Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to WELC in August up to $5,000! Imagine a large, noisy, diesel-powered vacuum cleaner that sucks up gravel and sand from a riverbed, separates out precious metals, and dumps the sediment back into the stream column. Such a vacuum cleaner exists and it is being used in the rivers and streams in Oregon in search of gold. Perhaps unsurprisingly, vacuuming up the contents of a riverbed can cause significant harm to river ecosystems and aquatic species, including salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Suction dredge mining, a form of motorized mining, uses a diesel-powered pump mounted on a raft to suck the contents of a riverbed into a sluice where gold can be separated from gravel and sand. Placer deposits containing gold are often found in slow-moving, depositional stream reaches, which are precisely the areas where fish seek to create redds (nests) and spawn, because […]

  • Timber’s Cover-Up

Timber’s Cover-Up

If you are a customer of Mountain Rose Herbs, you’ll be proud of their new wood products policy.  Growing numbers of sustainable businesses are trying to source locally, but Mountain Rose Herbs may be the first to commit to buying wood products solely from forests that are managed for native plant bio-diversity, wildlife habitat, pesticide-free, and clean streams. Mountain Rose Herbs partners with Beyond Toxics to advocate for Resilient Forestry practices in laws and business guidelines. To help folks learn more about Resilient Forestry, Beyond Toxics is releasing a new short film using aerial photography to look far above and deep within industrial forests.  Mountain Rose Herbs has been a supporter of the film from the start. Timber’s Cover-Up has sobering, shocking images of how forest ecosystems are interrupted and destroyed by conventional industrial forestry. In less than five minutes, the film succinctly explores the question what is a healthy, resilient working […]

Is Your Garden Pesticide-Free?

The shocking death of 50,000 bumblebees in a Wilsonville, Oregon shopping center back in 2013 catalyzed a worldwide conversation about bee health and pesticides. The incident happened after the bees visited trees treated by a private arborist company with neonicotinoid pesticides. Photos of bees littering the asphalt were featured on the cover of Time magazine, in the LA Times, and covered in The Huffington Post to mention a few, and brought the previously arcane topic of neonicotinoids into millions of American households. Two years later, making lemonade out of lemons, The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides recognizes that this notorious incident uniquely positions the City of Wilsonville and committed partners to exercise national leadership in demonstrating achievable ways to assist pollinators within urban environments. During this National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), NCAP is proud to announce its commitment to a new pollinator stewardship project and the collaboration to build crucial pollinator habitat in […]

Video: Mountain Rose River Project – Pulling Invasive Ivy

We lucked out at our most recent Mountain Rose River Project! The sun was shining and the ground was fairly dry, which is a rare occurrence in Oregon this time of year. We rounded up twelve Mountain Rose employees, including co-owner and Vice President, Shawn Donnille, and traveled to a hidden section of the Willamette National Forest. Our mission was to remove invasive English ivy and help protect native plant and aquatic species. Since 2009, Mountain Rose River Project volunteers have returned to the same forested area in an effort to curtail English ivy from a full-on takeover. Shawn went out the day before to identify hotspots, loosely tying bright pink marking tape to tree branches. We started near an unmarked trailhead and worked toward the river bank, removing the pink tape as we went to indicate what sections had been covered. English ivy (Hedera helix) is an aggressive vine […]

How We Care for Native Plants

This June, Mountain Rose River Project volunteers will once again get their hands dirty planting, weeding, and harvesting at the Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery. The Friends are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area, a treasured 4,700 acre natural area bordering metropolitan Eugene, Oregon. Buford Park and the greater Mount Pisgah area are recognized for providing rare floodplain, prairie, and oak habitats. The Friends have advocated for and participated in 1,700 acres of land acquisitions and they are actively restoring 1,300 acres including river channels, floodplain forests, wetlands, rare prairies, and oak savanna habitats.     Since 2003, the Friends have operated the Native Plant Nursery at Buford Park to provide a diversity of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers—especially seed—to restore these precious habitats, rehabilitate trails, and increase the park's beauty […]

People and Planet before Profit!

After our site visit in November, we’re overjoyed to be RE:think certified once again. Businesses achieve RE:think certification by practicing conservation and efficiency actions across five categories: materials and waste management, energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, water quality, and purchasing. To learn more about how we reduce waste, offset our carbon emissions, develop employee wellness programs, and support our community, view our annual Sustainability Report!    We are humbled by this glowing praise… "Mountain Rose Herbs is the yardstick for how success should be measured, ‘People and planet before profit.’ Your practices are an inspiration to all businesses." – Angie R. Marzano, Director of Business Development & RE:think, BRING Recycling "Zero Waste companies like Mountain Rose Herbs that lead by example are creating a sustainable business network and culture in our community. Mountain Rose displays upstream thinking by ensuring that its waste materials are reused, recycled, composted, reclaimed, or returned to the […]