Eco Projects

Save Oregon’s Wolves: Double Your Donation in December!

During the month of December, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to Oregon Wild up to $7,000! Donate Here! On Monday, November 9, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-2 in support of removing endangered species protections for our state’s most magnetic character in the rich mosaic of life that makes our ecological heritage in Oregon so unique. That’s right, the grey wolf is no longer protected by the State of Oregon as endangered, which is an embarrassing move that paints our wildlife values in very poor colors, especially when you take into consideration that our state is home to a measly 80+ wolves in a landmass that covers over 98,000 square miles. Back in October, on behalf of Mountain Rose Herbs, I testified before the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the importance of maintaining protections for this iconic species. Sadly, we were the only business advocating […]

  • Farm Stories: Medicinal Herbs of Appalachia

Farm Stories: Herbs of Appalachia

We find ourselves deep in the heart of Appalachia, a land rich in botanical diversity and steeped in herbal tradition. The people and plants of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina welcome us with their hospitality and eclectic nature. The purpose of our visit to the oldest mountains in the world was to learn more about the botanicals we source from this region. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), and Stone Root (Collinsonia canadensis) are just a few of the many plants from this area offered by Mountain Rose Herbs. As much time as we spend researching these plants, we know that "boots on the ground" exploration supersedes all other forms of information gathering. There is nothing like sharing a real connection, plant to person, for learning from these beings.      These prized native plants have been harvested by the people of this region for generations and their uses have […]

  • We Will Double Your Donation to Cascadia Wildlands!

We Will Double Your Donation to Cascadia Wildlands!

Donate to Cascadia Wildlands in November and Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation up to $5,000! Help us protect the Elliot State Forest and keep it in public hands. This fall, the State Land Board decided to dispose of trustlands that make up 90% of the Elliot State Forest. If sold to a corporate firm and liquidated, it would have horrific environmental consequences. Cascadia Wildlands and other environmental groups are seeking to formulate a proposal where the forest could be sold to a public entity or trust that places a high priority on the environment, such as its value for carbon sequestration.     The majestic old-growth rainforests in the Elliott store more carbon per acre than any other ecosystem in the world, thereby mitigating climate change at no cost to us. The old-growth forests of the Elliott act as the first "filter," providing downstream residents with clean drinking water […]

  • Mountain Rose Herbs is solar powered!

Mountain Rose is Now Solar-Powered!

Mountain Rose Herbs has gone solar! In October, we installed 100 photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity for our main facility in Eugene, Oregon. The 25 kWh solar array installed on the roof will produce an estimated 32,604 kWh of power in the first year, saving money and investing in renewable energy. And for our employees…we installed a two car electric vehicle charging station! Over the expected 35 year lifespan of the system, it is anticipated to offset 470 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the conservation of 10,980 trees or 48,170 gallons of gasoline.     "This is a very exciting time at Mountain Rose Herbs as we enter the world of renewable energy. For a couple of years, we’ve been planning to replace the roof and install solar panels in one joint project. Working closely with our building owners and the fine folks at Advanced Energy Systems, […]

  • Non-GMO Project Verified - Mountain Rose Herbs

GIVEAWAY: Celebrate Non-GMO Month!

In celebration of Non-GMO Month, we want to spread the word about safe, sustainable agriculture!  We've been working with the Non-GMO Project to verify a selection of our products. These ingredients have been chosen specifically because they're produced from plant crops that are known to be at risk of GMO contamination. Thankfully, most of the herbs and spices that we use for food and medicine are not in danger of industrial genetic modification at this time, so organic certification is our go-to for ensuring that our herbal products are grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, GMO seed stock, or irradiation.  Taking this commitment one step further, we listened to the herbal community's concerns and verified the products below through the Non-GMO Project and we'll be working toward adding more products to this list in the future!   Non-GMO Project Verified  Aloe Vera Gel – Organic Barley Grass Powder – Organic Beet Root Powder  Organic Broccoli Sprouting Seed – Organic Cocoa Butter Organic Cocoa Butter Wafers – Organic […]

  • Mountain Rose Herbs Protects Wild Salmon!

3 Organizations We Now Support!

One of our guiding principles, a thread that weaves the fabric of Mountain Rose Herbs’ culture together, is that of giving back to our community. This year, because of our loyal customers who support our mission, we were able to bring a few more non-profits into the fold.    Center for Plant Conservation The Center for Plant Conservation works to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction. Mountain Rose Herbs relies on the research, restoration, education, and advocacy of the 39 leading U.S. botanic institutions in this network. In gratitude, Mountain Rose supports the Center with an annual financial contribution.   Native Fish Society The Native Fish Society advocates for the recovery of wild, native fish and promotes the stewardship of the habitats that sustain them. We want our employees and every living creature to have the opportunity to enjoy […]

  • Make Your Own Candles: Beeswax and Carnauba Wax

How To Make Natural Wax Candles

Candles are wonderful tools and delightful additions to any space, especially as fall and winter bring chilly darkness to our days. This flickering source of light adds natural ambience to a cozy room, or a comforting feeling of warmth while you read a good book. They can be used to heat essential oils in a diffuser, or be lit to set the mood during a special dinner with your sweetie. Homemade candles are easy, fun, and affordable. Not only are they the perfect project for craft night, candles also make the sweetest holiday or birthday gifts for just about anyone. Plus, you can be really creative! While making candles is mostly just melt and pour, you can also formulate a blend of essential oils to create a special scent.  Here are some things to consider before making your candles…     Beeswax: Beeswax candles are a favorite among many folks for the naturally sweet, honey-like smell that beeswax produces when burned. It also burns slowly, which is something […]

  • Free Catalog: Mountain Rose Herbs

Our New Catalog is Here!

Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love.  As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!

Working With Beyond Toxics to Protect Pollinators

Mountain Rose Herbs is incredibly proud to bee a supporter of Beyond Toxics!  “Beyond Toxics represents the finest culmination of hard-working individuals that produce the results we can all live by. Our industry, livelihoods and communities are dependent upon a healthy landscape, and our prospects would be very bleak indeed if we did not have the steadfast commitment of Beyond Toxics.”  – Shawn Donnille, Vice President, Mountain Rose Herbs We would like to congratulate this small, tenacious non-profit organization for their many accomplishments of late. Thanks to their tireless work, the City of Eugene and the City of Portland both passed ordinances banning harmful neonictinoid pesticide use on city property. This momentous accomplishment is part of the Save Oregon’s Bees campaign! Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% of annual sales from the Pollinator Tea to Save the Bees!     Beyond Toxics’ supporters and volunteers came together to celebrate the […]

  • How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint!

We are dedicated to Carbonfund’s mission to reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. Every year we calculate our estimated carbon emissions from business operations including: electricity use, natural gas use, and company travel. For 2014, we offset 366 metric tons of carbon emissions! So how can you reduce your carbon footprint? Carbonfund.org can help! Mountain Rose Herbs’ primary facility was constructed with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and relies heavily on natural lighting. Energy demand was further reduced by making a complete lighting upgrade to energy-efficient bulbs in our principal facilities and installing Energy-Star rated heating and cooling systems.  In addition, Mountain Rose Herbs upgraded all of our computers to those with Gold Star ratings for energy conservation, minimal shipment packaging, and elimination of environmentally harmful materials, as well as more energy-efficient flat screen monitors. We also converted all of our electrical usage to a local Greenpower program to ensure that […]

  • Double Your Donation: Save Chinook Salmon

Double Your Donation to Protect Wild Fish!

For the month of August, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $5000! Pete Frost, an attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center, shared his thoughts about one topic close to his heart: As you may know, most wild salmon and steelhead trout runs in the West are dwindling. The size of many runs is now less than 10% of historical numbers, and hatchery fish—not wild fish—make up most of these runs. If the native wild salmon and steelhead trout runs in our home region are to survive, immediate action is required. The nonprofit I work for, the Western Environmental Law Center, uses a powerful tool to fight for wild salmon and steelhead—the law. Our legal team is in court day after day challenging reckless logging projects that pollute streams, and advocating for increased flows to give wild fish the water they need. We are also […]

  • Giveaway: #MySustainableSummer

Green Giveaway: #MySustainableSummer

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, sustainability is at the forefront of all we do. From our Zero Waste practices, support of forest grown medicinals, and commitment to organic agriculture, to organizing river project events, bike path cleanups, invasive plant removal, and native plant tending in our community, we revel in finding creative ways to give back to the Earth. We are excited to see what our online herbal community is up to this summer!  How you are giving back? What you are doing to be more sustainable? Show us for a chance to win!   How to Enter the Giveaway: Share a photo or video of your sustainable adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, or Google+ using #MySustainableSummer to spread the inspiration far and wide. Maybe it's a bikeable vacation, volunteering for a community project, an all-natural recipe you're creating, or a garden you're growing – we can't wait to see it! Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas! Win This Prize!  As a […]