Did You Know That We Are an Oregon Benefit Company?

You already know that Mountain Rose Herbs is a purveyor of organic herbs, essential oils, teas, and exceptional botanical offerings. And you've probably read that we are serious about putting people, plants, and planet before profit with everything we do: from supporting sustainable agriculture to encouraging employee volunteerism. What you may not have known is that in 2018 these values led us to become an Oregon Benefit Company.

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Posted by Maia

Alternative Commute Incentives Add up to Big Change

Before I moved to Eugene in March of 2010, I drove a car every day, everywhere. Living in the suburbs of Boston, it was necessary. I didn’t know anyone who didn’t drive to work, to the grocery store, or even to the gym. When I arrived, I brought my mindset with me and drove everywhere: to work (ten blocks from home), to the grocery store (twelve blocks), and the gym (just over a mile). In my first three months here, I clocked fewer than a hundred miles and made three car payments—clearly not an economical way to get around! I sold my car that June and bought a used bicycle.

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Posted by Julia

EarthShare: Putting Passion to Work through Workplace Giving

Mountain Rose Herbs is proud to be an EarthShare Oregon Business Member. EarthShare is a national network that connects environmental organizations across the United States using businesses as fundraising platforms. In 2011, we launched our very first EarthShare Oregon campaign by organizing an employee giving program that connects our staff with like-minded environmental organizations working to protect and defend the places we hold dear. Through this program, we have successfully connected our employees with over 100 environmental organizations that they are passionate about supporting. That is nearly $100,000 given the past 8 years! Read on to learn more about EarthShare Oregon.

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Change is Afoot at Mountain Rose Herbs


In September of this year, after nearly three decades of amazing leadership, longtime Mountain Rose Herbs owner Julie Bailey announced that she was ready to retire and pass on ownership of Mountain Rose to her trusted partner, Mountain Rose Herbs co-owner and CEO Shawn Donnille. “On September 30th, I bought out my partner of 20 years, and most trusted friend, Julie Bailey,” said Shawn on the occasion. “Both Julie and I co-owned and successfully managed the company from 2000-2020 and with fond memories I wish her the best for her retirement.” As we pivot to look ahead at what is next for Mountain Rose Herbs, we want to take this opportunity to share news and let you know more about the direction we are heading as a company.

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Philanthropic Giving from the Inside Out


Author Timothy Pina once said, “Philanthropy is not about money…it’s about feeling the pain of others and caring enough about their needs to help.” In other words, philanthropy, to effect real change, must go deeper than throwing funds at the surface of a problem; it must attempt to address the roots of an issue. But how does someone—whether an individual, a small business, or a corporation—find the act of giving that makes sense for them and effects the kind of change they would like to see in the world? 

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Buy Nothing Day: A Stand Against Throw-Away Culture

Buy Nothing Day is Friday, November 27. Founded in Canada in 1992, the Buy Nothing Movement arose in protest of mass consumerism and the throw-away culture that accompanies it. The movement has grown and evolved over the past decades to include more than 65 nations. The biggest shopping day of the year—the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday—has become the movement’s international day of protest: Buy Nothing Day. Here at Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH), we applaud this effort and wholly support Buy Nothing Day! Overconsumption eats up natural resources and puts our planet in peril. As the CEO and owner of MRH, I encourage you NOT to shop with us on Friday, November 27. The fact that we, as a society, have created a national holiday of shopping suggests that our priorities need realignment. Buy Nothing Day is our act of pushback.

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Endangered White Sage: Procuring Organic Cultivated Salvia Apiana

Mountain Rose Herbs has been in a years-long process of shifting our procurement policies steadily away from wild-harvested botanicals. This policy shift is in direct response to the increasing impact of overharvesting on wild stands of some of the most beloved herbs and spices around the world. White sage (Salvia apiana) is one example. In the past few years, white sage has come under a dual attack. The arid regions that are home to wild stands of Salvia apiana have been badly impacted by climate change, which has caused wildfires and other devastation. At the same time, there has been a meteoric rise in the commercialization of smudging, which has created a lucrative market for illegally harvested white sage, much of it taken from public lands. It is for this reason that Mountain Rose Herbs made the decision in 2019 to procure 100% of our loose-leaf white sage from a special cultivation project in the rocky hills of San Diego County’s North County region. We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to support such an important project.

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What is Sustainability in Business & Why is it Important?

We work hard here at Mountain Rose Herbs to be an example of a business that puts people, plants, and planet before profit. You’ve heard of “the bottom line,” which in business parlance means thinking about profitability. But in our changing world, business leaders are considering whether there is a better, more sustainable model than a purely profit driven one. The “triple bottom line” model brings social and environmental impact into play. It insists on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, it prioritizes people, plants, and planet. We strive to raise the bar for ethical business practices and to model how to integrate sustainability into business strategies in a way that drives company success.

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Our Bioswale and Rain Garden: A Triple Bottom Line Approach to Facility Landscaping

In 2010, when we moved to our current facility in Eugene, Oregon, we knew we needed to address some landscaping issues on the 3.5-acre campus. From a sustainability point of view, there was a lot to love about the new Mountain Rose Herbs facility and grounds, but we were extremely aware of the impact that businesses have on water quality and habitat in their watersheds and communities, and how company decisions regarding landscaping, rain runoff, and storm water management can affect river habitats further downstream.

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Mountain Rose Herbs: A TRUE Zero Waste Company

In 2015, Mountain Rose Herbs became the first company in Oregon to receive a TRUE Zero Waste Facility Certification. The TRUE program is part of Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in global green business industry performance and practices. TRUE is a whole systems approach aimed at changing how materials flow through society and encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused.

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Natural Variations in Our Herbal Products Explained

Over our 30+ years of business, we’ve helped literally tons of botanicals find their way onto our customers’ shelves. We always strive to provide consistent quality in our herbal offerings, but when it comes to superficial characteristics, Mother Nature often likes to put her own unique touches on each batch, which can result in some perceptible variation from one order to the next. However, you can trust that here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we’re always going the extra mile to make sure your ingredients are of the best possible quality, regardless of any apparent differences.

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Did You Know That We Are an Oregon Benefit Company?

Imagine a world in which businesses provide a public benefit and positive impact on society and the environment. Learn how Mountain Rose Herbs is making that world a reality by becoming an Oregon Benefit Company!
WRITTEN BY Maia

May 20, 2021

Alternative Commute Incentives Add up to Big Change

We care for our employee's health and well-being by providing an Alternative Commute Bonus. Read how one bicyclist earned enough bonus for a new bike.
WRITTEN BY Julia

April 12, 2021

EarthShare: Putting Passion to Work through Workplace Giving

How does your workplace give? Discover how you can invest in environmental causes through workplace giving campaigns.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

December 16, 2020

Change is Afoot at Mountain Rose Herbs

As we look ahead at 2021, we want to share news about Mountain Rose Herbs and let you know more about the direction our company is heading.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 30, 2020

Philanthropic Giving from the Inside Out

Effective philanthropy addresses the roots of societal pain. Learn how to determine the kinds of charitable giving that make the most sense for you.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 24, 2020

Buy Nothing Day: A Stand Against Throw-Away Culture

Black Friday sales promote overconsumption that impacts our earth. Learn how to participate in Buy Nothing Day and push back against throw-away culture.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

November 23, 2020

Endangered White Sage: Procuring Organic Cultivated Salvia Apiana

Mountain Rose Herbs sells only organically certified cultivated white sage. Find out how disaster created opportunity for this overharvested, sacred plant.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

September 18, 2020

What is Sustainability in Business & Why is it Important?

Mountain Rose Herbs leads the herbal industry in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Learn how we became an Oregon Benefit Company.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

September 4, 2020

Our Bioswale and Rain Garden: A Triple Bottom Line Approach to Facility Landscaping

Businesses have an impact on water quality and the environment. Learn how Mountain Rose Herbs uses a bioswale and rain garden to manage stormwater runoff.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

August 12, 2020

Mountain Rose Herbs: A TRUE Zero Waste Company

Mountain Roes Herbs was the first company in Oregon to be Zero Waste Facility certified. Learn how a triple bottom line company embraces sustainability.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

July 14, 2020

Natural Variations in Our Herbal Products Explained

Wondering why your recent batch of herbs appears a bit different from the last one? We break down the factors that affect the look of your herbal products.
WRITTEN BY Tim

March 27, 2020