Mountain Rose Herbs’ Alternative-Fuel and Electric Vehicle Fleet

If you’ve been reading along on the Mountain Rose Herbs blog, you know we’re always looking for ways that we can make smart business choices that address climate change and invest in the health and wellbeing of our community and our planet. Committing to our alternative-fuel and electric fleet of company vehicles is one key piece to this commitment.

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Posted by Shawn

Mountain Rose Herbs Awarded Gold Stevie® Award!

Longtime friends of Mountain Rose Herbs know we thrive on creating unique experiences. In 2021, it was no surprise to the people who know us best when we announced we were developing a first-of-its-kind essential oil marketplace. The Mountain Rose Aroma Bar is intended to engage the senses through high-quality, ethically sourced essential oils and personal aromatherapy products. So, we mindfully designed the Aroma Bar to provide shoppers with a sumptuous setting in which to experience some of the world’s most captivating pure essential oils. We are incredibly honored to announce that the branding and design of the Aroma Bar has just been awarded a Gold Stevie® Award and selected as the Marketing Campaign of the Year in the retail category of The 2022 American Business Awards®!

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Posted by Heidi

Ethical Issues in the Herb Industry: Wildharvesting vs. Cultivation

At Mountain Rose Herbs, we have been in a years-long process of shifting our procurement policies away from wildharvested herbs in favor of cultivated ones whenever possible. This policy was necessitated by the increasing impact of overharvesting on some of the most popular herbs and spices around the world. In some cases, for instance with white sage (Salvia apiana), we have been able to source excellent organic, cultivated options, which means we can continue to offer this herbal ally with a good conscience. In other cases, however, as with false unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum) and trillium (Trillium spp.), we have chosen to discontinue carrying an herb because we simply cannot find an ethical way to procure it. As we are navigating an increasingly complex procurement reality, I want to give you a peek behind the curtain, as it were, into why and how we determine what we can sell while prioritizing the overall wellbeing of people, plants, and planet.

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Posted by Shawn

For Life: A Tool to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Most people these days are familiar with fair trade, a system that changes the way trade works to make it more equitable for the farmers and workers around the world who produce our food. Many of you who have been reading along on the Mountain Rose Herbs blog are also familiar with Fair for Life (FFL), a program that we have worked closely with for more than a decade. FFL is a Switzerland-based, third party fair trade certifier that seriously ups the ante on fair trade practices trough a certification system and premiums that makes life-changing improvements in labor relationships. The premiums go directly to the farmers to fund innovations at both the farm and community level. However, there is another component of the FFL system that people are less aware of, simply called For Life. For Life is what brings corporate social responsibility (CSR) home.

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Posted by Shawn

100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon

Since its inception, Mountain Rose Herbs has put plants, people, and planet before profit. Led by these values, weve been a longtime leader on the list of green companies, helping to positively shape the herbal industry with environmentally focused initiatives. Our core values revolve around sustainability and as such, weve implemented innovative programs in energy efficiency, zero waste, and alternative commuting incentives.

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Posted by Elise

How Mountain Rose Herbs’ Alternative Commute Program Propels Change

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we want to minimize our carbon footprint both as a company and as a collective community of individuals. One way we do this is through our Alternative Commute Program. For years, we have been encouraging our team members to stay healthy and reduce carbon emissions by not traveling to work in single-occupancy vehicles. This year, to further incentivize and increase participation, we improved the payout structure of the program.

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Posted by Jessicka

How to Choose High Quality Herbs and Spices

Recently, as I was making soup with my three-year-old granddaughter and teaching her to pronounce galangal root, I found myself in an extended game of “name that spice.” It turns out you can get through an entire elaborate Thai soup recipe with a toddler in this way; I highly recommend it. It goes something like this: Cute toddler points at spice jar and asks, “What is that spice?” Adult says, “Paprika. Smell it, what do you think?” Cute toddler makes funny face and spies another spice that looks similar. “Is that paprika too?” Adult is impressed. “Good eye, that’s smoked paprika. Does it smell different?” And on it goes like that through the colored jars. In this way, I was reminded that I have so many jars of excellent dried herbs and spices and it’s definitely time to check them for freshness.

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How Mountain Rose Herbs Fosters a Company Culture of Giving

Mountain Rose Herbs was built on uncompromising principles of ethical and sustainable sourcing of botanicals, but our purpose extends beyond that in the ways we give back. As many of you already know, we donate extensively to environmental nonprofits. But we’ve also created ways for our employees to support local causes that are important to them. In 2011, we launched a Workplace Giving Program in partnership with EarthShare. This employee-led program has generated thousands of dollars in charitable giving to community groups via donations from our employees, which we helped to facilitate through easy and convenient monthly paycheck deductions.

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Posted by Maia

2022 Herbal Events Calendar by Mountain Rose Herbs


It is with great joy that we share this list of virtual and in-person herbal events. Whether it’s herbal festivals, educational conferences, natural product tradeshows, or wilderness conservation fundraisers, we’re excited to be able to connect with you all again! Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to be able to host, sponsor, and participate in each of the below events.

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Posted by Elise

Why Organic Seaweed is Important

In the last couple of years, the global demand for seaweeds has skyrocketed. Its no surprise, as seaweed offers a stunning array of nutritional benefits and packs a unique salty and umami punch due to its high glutamate content. Seaweed is also used in a variety of non-food applications, including cosmetics and beauty products, scientific research, traditional medicinal applications, biofuels, fertilizers, and more. Considering all the uses for these aquatic plants and the increase in demand for such products, it is more important than ever to consider best practices for harvesting and processing these precious materials. It is this consideration that drives Mountain Rose Herbs to work closely with our harvest partners in offering organically certified seaweeds.

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Posted by Katheryn

Organic Herb Sourcing: The Bigger Picture

In 1987 Mountain Rose Herbs was founded on a commitment to sustainably source all of our botanicals, and since then we’ve made every effort to uphold that commitment. One of the most important aspects of keeping that promise is ensuring transparency in the supply chains for each lot of material that we receive in our warehouse. Maintaining this requires a close relationship between Mountain Rose and our farm partners, and this relationship is managed by our Procurement team.

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Posted by Katheryn

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Mountain Rose Herbs’ Alternative-Fuel and Electric Vehicle Fleet

Committing to an alternative-fuel and electric fleet of company vehicles is part of our commitment to invest in the health of our community and our planet
WRITTEN BY Shawn

September 21, 2022

Mountain Rose Herbs Awarded Gold Stevie® Award!

We are honored to announce that Mountain Rose Herbs has earned a Gold Stevie® Award for the Marketing Campaign of the Year in the retail category of The 2022 American Business Awards®!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

August 27, 2022

Ethical Issues in the Herb Industry: Wildharvesting vs. Cultivation

Learn more about why we are in the process of shifting our procurement policies away from wild-harvested herbs in favor of cultivated ones whenever possible.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

August 16, 2022

For Life: A Tool to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility

Mountain Rose Herbs is Fair for Life and For Life Certified. Learn how this certification program ups the ante on fair trade by taking care of farmers as well as our employees right here in Eugene.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

August 11, 2022

100 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon

In an anonymous state-wide survey, employees voted Mountain Rose Herbs in the top 25 Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon. We take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously and are honored to employ a team that values it as much as we do.
WRITTEN BY Elise

June 29, 2022

How Mountain Rose Herbs’ Alternative Commute Program Propels Change

This year, Mountain Rose Herbs increased our paid incentives to carpool, bicycle, walk, and take public transportation to work. Learn how we are evolving and improving our Alternative Commute Program.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

June 9, 2022

How to Choose High Quality Herbs and Spices

The best quality dried botanicals have superior flavor, nutrient value, and food safety. Learn why product testing is key and how to test for freshness.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 20, 2022

How Mountain Rose Herbs Fosters a Company Culture of Giving

At Mountain Rose Herbs, our purpose extends beyond our ethical and sustainable sourcing of botanicals to the many ways we give back to our local community.
WRITTEN BY Maia

May 19, 2022

2022 Herbal Events Calendar by Mountain Rose Herbs

Looking to learn, grow, and connect in 2022? Check out our list of local and national herbalism events that we'll be attending or sponsoring. We can't wait to see you this year!
WRITTEN BY Elise

April 13, 2022

Why Organic Seaweed is Important

How can seaweed become certified organic, why it's important, and what that process looks like.
WRITTEN BY Katheryn

January 6, 2022

Organic Herb Sourcing: The Bigger Picture

Procurement is more than relationship building. A good buyer takes into consideration the whole picture, from geological happenings to the quality of the final product, and everywhere in between.
WRITTEN BY Katheryn

December 8, 2021