We are pleased to present our 2014 Sustainability Report! This is our third annual report created to measure and monitor our sustainability metrics. We’re accomplishing great things! We are especially proud of being a Zero Waste company and diverting 93.6% of our waste – which is unprecedented for a company of our size. In addition, we offset 366 tons of CO2 emissions, collected 550 lbs of donations during the annual employee-led Food and Clothing Drive, founded the Mountain Rose Green Team, and won 2nd place in Eugene’s Business Commute Challenge! Thank you for taking the time to review our progress. We continue to innovate and improve our sustainability practices, in large part because our customers inspire us and support our mission. Read the full report here: 2014 Sustainability Report Sustainability Accomplishment Highlights from 2014… Scored the highest performance level with IMO Fair for Life Fair Trade for both Hired Labor and Handler certificates. […]
We've just added four new certified organic, steam-distilled hydrosols to our line of aromatherapy products! These hydrosols come from devoted distillers who steam small batches of freshly harvested flowers and leaves to produce flower waters, or hydrosol. Hydrosols have similar therapeutic properties to essential oils, yet they are much less concentrated with about 5% essential oil remaining within the resulting distillation. Our Bay Laurel Hydrosol has a bright, slightly medicinal, spicy green aroma, reminiscent of freshly crushed bay leaves. Our Eucalyptus Hydrosol has a brilliant camphoraceous odor that is cooling with herbal undertones. Our Ylang Ylang Hydrosol is absolutely spectacular, with a sweet and intoxicating floral aroma which is pure pleasure. Last but certainly not least, our Douglas Fir Hydrosol is a staff favorite. With a soft forest-like aroma that has coniferous and slightly balsamic undertones, this extraordinary hydrosol will transport you to the old-growth forests of Cascadia. Find more information about our entire line of hydrosols here. […]
Want to win a $1,000 gift certificate from Mountain Rose Herbs while protecting wolves, salmon, rushing rivers, and old-growth forests? Here’s your chance! We are excited to announce our first annual Mountain Rose Herbs’ Nonprofit Membership Drive. An important part of our mission is to support organizations that work tirelessly to defend our wild splendor. This year, we're spreading the word by highlighting three membership-based nonprofits and hope that you'll feel inspired to join us. Plus, you could be a winner in more ways than one… Enter to win $1,000 worth of organic herbal goodness! How to Enter: Step 1: Choose one of the non-profits that speaks to you and make a donation at the minimum membership level. The organizations to choose from during this year's annual membership drive include Oregon Wild, Beyond Toxics, and the Center for Biological Diversity. Step 2: Once you’ve made the donation to become a member, send an email […]
We have all sorts of wonderful herbal treasures on sale for the month of December… Don't miss our special selection of sale items this month! Click here to enjoy 15-35% off selected sale items from Mountain Rose Herbs until 12/31/2015.
Mason and Alieta are styling! Just in time for the holidays, we're so excited to debut our new t-shirt design that let's you show your support for Mountain Rose Herbs and healing with plants! These t-shirts are made from soft and sturdy certified organic cotton. Printed on walnut-colored fabric and featuring a custom Mountain Rose Herbs logo emblazoned across the front, these shirts also feature our classic mountain logo on the sleeve. Screen-printed by Farm Fresh Clothing Co. from Sonoma County, California, these shirts are made exclusively with eco-friendly, water-based inks. Women's sizes are available in small, medium, and large, and the Men's/Unisex shirts are available in medium, large, and X-large. Click here to rock one of our new organic t-shirts!
Check out our gorgeous new North American Grown Calendula Flowers in the shop! Several North American farms located up and down the West Coast have been rearing their own varieties of calendula for many years if not decades. The common goal was to produce a product that is not only vibrant in color with amazing visual properties, but also to increase the resin content within the flowers. High resin producing plants make more potent medicine and allow herbalists to stretch their limited supply a little further when making oil infusions and extracts. The process of developing a variety isn’t just about waiting until the flowers have matured and saving as much seed as possible. Vigilant observation is required to select the most desirable attributes from an entire field. With vegetable crops, attention is paid to the biggest yielding, most perfectly shaped and textured, or the tastiest individuals, and only those select few plants are chosen as seed stock for […]
Autumn is here and the rains have come to Western Oregon. This is cause for celebration and gratitude, and many of us make pilgrimages to the Cascades to harvest edible mushrooms. The sights and smells of the forest at this time of year are remarkable, and we are often struck by the majestic beauty of one of our local trees, the Western Red Cedar. We are grateful to now be able to offer Organic Western Red Cedar Essential Oil, so that everyone can experience a bit of our local aromatherapy. The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years. Cedar has long been known as a medicine of protection. It has traditionally been used in indigenous sweat lodge ceremonies, where a few pinches are thrown on the red-hot rocks, immediately sparking into a yellow glow and releasing their aroma. The Cedar is also one of the four […]
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 […]
Have you been enjoying the Flavor Wheel we offered as a free download last week? It's such an incredibly practical tool for anyone learning about natural health and herbal remedies. We love it! Maybe it inspired you to look deeper into choosing the right herb for a specific person’s need? If so, we are excited to present a wonderful online course that simplifies that process and provides a roadmap for making these choices easier… It's called Taste of Herbs with Rosalee de la Forêt! Want more details? Visit the Taste of Herbs website now to learn all about this fantastic online course . Enrollment is now open! Questions about the Taste of Herbs course? Contact LearningHerbs here!
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]