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Score Sustainability Wins with a Workplace Green Team

As our amphibian friend Kermit the Frog says, “It’s not easy being green"—and that’s particularly true for businesses! Since spring of 2014, our cross-departmental, volunteer-based Mountain Rose Herbs Green Team has helped our management team look at all aspects of our business operations through a sustainability lens. Recently, we received the honor of being featured in international corporate sustainability consultant Nikki Pava's guide to building successful workplace sustainability teams, so we thought we'd share some of the strategies that have helped us cultivate a culture of environmental responsibility across our organization. For those interested in building a green advocacy team in their own place of work, we hope these ideas can inspire and guide you!

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Posted by Alyssa

How to Clean & Reuse Essential Oil Bottles, Dropper Bottles & Other Empty Containers

If you’re anything like me, you don’t like to waste. So when you enjoy herbal preparations as part of your daily routine, you are bound to wind up with a stock pile of perfectly good containers that can still be used. But how can you make sure they are cleaned well enough to reuse, and how can you continue to put them to use time and time again? We’ve compiled some of our staff tips and tricks to help you keep those bottles in circulation.

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Posted by Jessicka

How Mountain Rose Herbs Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

From charging our phones to switching on the kettle for our morning tea, using energy often seems like an inevitable part of life these days. However, understanding and accepting this fact doesn't mean we can't take responsibility for the energy and fuel we use. Whatever your motivation, be it saving money or reducing your environmental impact, it can feel overwhelming to tackle a big goal like curtailing energy consumption. But there are ways to reduce your impact, either as an individual or as a business like Mountain Rose Herbs. Additionally, even though energy use is sometimes unavoidable, there are ways to offset the carbon emissions from that power production to help balance the scales.

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Posted by Alyssa

Zero Waste Backpacking and Camping Hacks

Whether you’re hiking, camping, backpacking, or floating the river, you’ve got to fuel up while you play, but how can you do it in a sustainable way? While there are tons of dehydrated “backpacking food” options on the market today, their single-use packaging can add up to a pile of unrecyclable waste. Perhaps you never meant to leave a wrapper behind, but I can assure you, it’s bound to happen! That means your trash trail will either need to be packed out by someone else, or worse (and more likely), left to pose a choking hazard to wildlife. Luckily, there are many ways that you can immerse yourself in nature without waste—they just require a bit of planning!

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Posted by Melissa

Flavor and Family Near the Seaside of Sicily

We travel to our farm partners' fields across the world to maintain close relationships with our growers and learn from one another.

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Posted by Raychel

A Forest Grown Future for Pennsylvania’s Precious Ginseng

We visit the Pennsylvanian forest farmers cultivating a new way forward for their prized local botanicals, allowing us to provide organic North American ginseng that supports the ecology and economy of this unique region.

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Posted by Raychel

Exploring the Resilient Roots of Albanian Agriculture

Albania's mountains and valleys teem with rich botanical bounty. Mountain Rose Herbs and United Plant Savers visited its fecund countryside at the peak of the autumn harvest to meet the farmers and wildharvesters who help bring culinary apothecary herbs and fruits to plant lovers across the world (like the ripe and ready hawthorn berries above!).

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Posted by Jennifer

The Benefits of Organic Farming for People, Planet & Prosperity

Climate change may well be the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from extractive industry, agriculture, and modern lifestyles have resulted in today's increased ocean temperatures and acidification, dramatic weather patterns, droughts, fires, floods, and climate refugees seeking relief from the impacts of these disasters.

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Posted by Stacy K.

Pioneering Organic Rhodiola Cultivation in Alaska

Our farm liaisons travel to America's northernmost state to visit the pioneering farmers working to cultivate organic rhodiola in Alaska's rugged landscape.

Arriving at a property that looks across the water to Kachemak Bay State Park, we have our first rendezvous with a group of farmers engaged in a bold agricultural experiment: cultivating organic Rhodiola rosea in the rugged Alaskan countryside. These folks have staked years of work on the hope that this much-prized adaptogen hailing from Siberia and northern Asia can thrive in the challenging agricultural conditions of their wild home state. For us, it has already been a long day of travel that’s left us more than ready to cozy up with some hot tea and take in the incredible views. But we are here to help with the harvest, and there’s work to be done.

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Posted by Katheryn

We're Proud to be an Oregon Benefit Company

This has been a big year for Mountain Rose Herbs! As a values-based company committed to transparency and accountability, we think that businesses can and should create good in the world. We’ve taken another step toward formalizing our sustainable business practices by becoming an Oregon Benefit Company. This legal, corporate designation states that Mountain Rose Herbs provides “a general public benefit” by meeting the criteria of making a material, positive impact on society and the environment through our business decisions and operations.

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Posted by Alyssa

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