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Just-style management briefing: Closing the loop on recycled textiles

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With fast fashion and quick turnover key commercial ingredients of today’s garment and apparel industry, excess textile production is prompting the sector to gravitate towards more recycling and re-use of materials, to conserve energy, increase sustainability and lower raw material costs. (more…)


MantraMeds Insider Program

This is Jessica – a MantraMeds Insider. She signed up for our Insider Program and received this FREE pair of sustainable scrubs. All she had to do was give us her feedback on the style & fit. Thank you for sending in the cute picture!

So, what is the Mantrameds Insider Program?

If you love our product the way we think you will, you’ll pass on the word!  It’s pretty simple.  The program is our way of saying thanks and asking for your help at the same time.  

As a Mantrameds Insider you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • 30% Personal Use Discount
  • Personalized Welcome Packet
  • Free Scrub Top or Bottom Annually
  • “Scrub Love” Cards To Introduce Your Friends To Mantrameds At A 30% Discount – (Recipients must be a new customer to be eligible)
  • Participation in the Product Design And Review Process
  • Ability To Host Your Own Income Generating Scrub Sale
  • Fun SWAG for you and your friends
  • Advanced ordering for new styles and colors

Sounds great, what do I need to do?

1. Apply here now http://www.mantrameds.com/insider-signup
2. Get Approved
3. Receive your Welcome Package
4. Enjoy the Benefits.

If you want to know the Guidelines Read moreInsider Program Guidelines

As a Mantrameds Insider you will have the privilege of all the Insider benefits listed above. Currently to establish a group of Insiders we are inviting individuals to join until the program is full. Insider status can be kept indefinitely but it must be earned yearly.  We don’t ask for much, keeping Insider status only requires your participation and brand support. Privilege does come with some responsibly but we do make responsibility fun.  We only ask you to use the tools we give you and interact with your community and ours.  That’s it give things away and help us spread the word about our brand and products, how cool is that for responsibility!

The Insider Program is currently limited annually.  The number of eligible Insiders per state is based on state population.
The Insider Program Coordinator will review ever Insiders participation yearly.   Keeping active status as and insider will be up to you and based on what you give away and how you interact with the brand and community via the program coordinator, social media, surveys, etc.

Apply here nowhttp://www.mantrameds.com/insider-signup


Cyber Monday is All Week Long!

Last day to enjoy our week-long extension of Cyber Monday! Buy some sustainable scrubs for the green nurse in your life! These make great Christmas presents!

CYBER MONDAY IS ALL WEEK LONG on MantraMeds Market!

FOR EVERY $75 YOU SPEND GET $25 OFF 

Go to: http://www.mantramedsmarket.com/


Green Gifts for Every Occasion

This article is brought to you by The Daily Green – a consumer’s guide to green from GoodHousekeeping.com

Whether it’s holiday time, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s or Father’s Day, or a green wedding, look here to find ideas for unique green gifts.

The Daily Green’s gift guide features the season’s best green gifts — including many unique items made by independent artisans that you can’t find in any shopping mall. Even if you’ve only got a few dollars to spend, you’ll find incredible green gifts for under $20 that you can be proud to give. And, because we know less is more, we’ve highlighted creative ways to give without giving stuff at all.

Go to the link below to find some creative guides to green gifting!
Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/green-gifts#ixzz1fO3OyFWS


Animals love Environmentally Friendly MantraMeds Scrubs!

Animals love our environmentally friendly MantraMeds scrubs! Thank you veterinarian Christy B. for sending in this picture! Christy is a MantraMeds Insider. Read more about the Insider Program below!

So, what is the Mantrameds Insider Program?

If you love our product the way we think you will, you’ll pass on the word!  It’s pretty simple.  The program is our way of saying thanks and asking for your help at the same time.  

As a Mantrameds Insider you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • 30% Personal Use Discount
  • Personalized Welcome Packet
  • Free Scrub Top or Bottom Annually
  • “Scrub Love” Cards To Introduce Your Friends To Mantrameds At A 30% Discount – (Recipients must be a new customer to be eligible)
  • Participation in the Product Design And Review Process
  • Ability To Host Your Own Income Generating Scrub Sale
  • Fun SWAG for you and your friends
  • Advanced ordering for new styles and colors

Sounds great, what do I need to do?

1. Apply here now http://www.mantrameds.com/insider-signup
2. Get Approved
3. Receive your Welcome Package
4. Enjoy the Benefits.

If you want to know the Guidelines Read moreInsider Program Guidelines

As a Mantrameds Insider you will have the privilege of all the Insider benefits listed above. Currently to establish a group of Insiders we are inviting individuals to join until the program is full. Insider status can be kept indefinitely but it must be earned yearly.  We don’t ask for much, keeping Insider status only requires your participation and brand support. Privilege does come with some responsibly but we do make responsibility fun.  We only ask you to use the tools we give you and interact with your community and ours.  That’s it give things away and help us spread the word about our brand and products, how cool is that for responsibility!

The Insider Program is currently limited annually.  The number of eligible Insiders per state is based on state population.
The Insider Program Coordinator will review ever Insiders participation yearly.   Keeping active status as and insider will be up to you and based on what you give away and how you interact with the brand and community via the program coordinator, social media, surveys, etc….

  • Abuse of discount privileges will not be tolerated and can jeopardize your Insider status.
  • Personal discounts are limited to the Insider themselves.
  • Scrub Love Cards extending a 30% discount to friends and family will be provided on a limited basis to spread the love.
  • Periodically Manrtameds may choose to allow your discount to be extended to others on a limited basis.

Apply here nowhttp://www.mantrameds.com/insider-signup


Patrick Yarns’ Solar Powered Plant Produces Eco-friendly Yarns

MantraMeds Sustainable Medical Apparel offers Earthspun Apparel Tees made from recycled polyester and recycled cotton. Patrick Yarns supplies Earthspun® yarns for Earthspun® Apparel t-shirts.

Patrick Yarns, a premier specialty yarn spinner in Kings Mountain, NC, is proud to announce the commissioning of the largest privately owned solar installation in the Charlotte, NC Region. It is another example of Patrick Yarns continuing commitment to environmental stewardship and to our community. With the addition of these photovoltaic panels, Patrick Yarns environmentally friendly yarns are truly: SPUN BY THE SUN®

Located on the roof of our Clevemont Facility, the system features:

  • 140,000 kWh/year clean photovoltaic power
  • Enough to power 14 average homes
  • Equivalent to 11,310 gallons of gasoline, 234 barrels of oil and 2578 trees planted
Patrick Yarns Green Facts:
  • Manufacturer of Earthspun® recycled & renewable yarns and products
  • Utilizes modern efficient lighting and motors
  • None of the facilities produce any green house gases in our manufacturing processes
  • Zero landfill goal
Patrick Yarns is the premier spinner of reclaimed, renewable and performance fibers in the United States. With over 50 years experience, continual investment in cutting-edge technology, and our “can-do” attitude, we provide our customers profitable, environmentally friendly solutions to their yarn and textile requirements.
Monitor how much electricity Patrick Yarns is generating via solar energy, log on to: www.patrickyarns.com/monitor
To see all of Patrick Yarns’ environmentally friendly efforts, visit: http://www.patrickyarns.com/green_recycled/

Support your local farmers!

This holiday season, Mantrameds encourages you to support your local farmers! One of the biggest crops in the mountains of North Carolina is… Christmas Trees!

The North Carolina Christmas Tree Association NCCTA

Grown on American soil by American farmers, North Carolina Fraser fir is a renewable, recyclable, environmentally friendly choice.
Visit their blog at: http://nccta.blogspot.com/

 


Green Tuesday – shop green & shop small this holiday season

Green Tuesday a twist on holiday name game

Consumers are encouraged to “shop green” and “shop small” during the holiday gift-giving season

BY SARAH SKIDMORE, The Associated Press

Shoppers who want to save green – and be greener – during the holiday season are the focus of a major new push by the nonprofit Green America to make the Tuesday after every Thanksgiving “Green Tuesday.”

To kick off this new annual holiday shopping tradition, Green America’s GreenDeals.org website  will be offering special deals for the week starting on the first “Green Tuesday” (November 29, 2011).

Much like Groupon does for general shoppers, GreenDeals.org offers discounts and deals from local and national green online businesses that are approved by Green America.  GreenDeals.org features a new deal or discount every 24-48 hours.

Read full article at: http://www.registerguard.com/web/business/27244882-41/green-says-shop-tuesday-america.html.csp


15 Ways to Go Green at the Holidays

Green holiday ideas for Christmas, Chanukah, and more

green christmas ideasSOURCE: GETTY IMAGES
“The December holidays bring plenty of trash opportunities with them—what with more shopping and cooking, and there is the present-opening at the gift-giving portion of the holidays. Add in all the energy use from extra travel and hospitality, and these last weeks of the year end up having quite an impact on our natural resources.
Don’t become a statistic–Americans create 25% more trash at the holidays. Here are 15 ways to go green at the holidays: http://home.lifegoesstrong.com/15-ways-go-green-holidays

Boulder-based Best Organics launches America’s Best

Company branches out with new ‘Made in the USA’ baskets
By Leezia Dhalla

This holiday season, Best Organics Inc. is giving local shoppers three more reasons to spend. Two weeks ago, the Boulder-based company launched a new product line, called America’s Best Organics, featuring three gourmet gift baskets overflowing with artisan foods, organic personal care products and other eco-friendly items all made in the United States.

Co-Owner Steve Hoffman, left, and CEO Seleyn DeYarus of Best Organic Inc. in Boulder. The company has just launched a new America s Best Organics line of gourmet gift boxes. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

“With the new product line, DeYarus said, “I think we’ll appeal to patriots who want to support ‘Made in the USA,’ and we’ll also attract those who really care about the Earth and making a difference with how they spend their dollars.”

We couldn’t agree with you more! Great to see more companies offering goods that are sustainable and made in the USA. Best of luck this holiday season to Best Organics Inc.

Read full article at: http://www.dailycamera.com/business/ci_19411592


Give The Gift Of Good Health

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, lists five toxic holiday gifts you should never buy a loved one for Christmas
Gift-giving is a wonderful activity, but many people who give gifts to family and friends don’t realize they’re actually giving the recipient cancer, or diabetes or attention deficit problems.
In this article, I expose five dangerous gifts that may literally increase the risk of disease and death. Whatever you give your family and friends this holiday season, please avoid giving these five dangerous gifts:
Dangerous gift #5) Clothing that’s full of GMOs, dyes and pesticides

Finally, all non-organic cotton isloaded with pesticides, and those pesticide chemicals can promote Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other brain disorders (http://www.naturalnews.com/027098_p…). The only cotton that’s free of pesticides is100% organic cotton, which is available from a few specialty stores and online retailers.

Read more at: http://www.naturalnews.com/034253_Christmas_gifts_toxic_chemicals.html#ixzz1ewIdaJYk


Car seats from Recycled Plastic Bottles on New Ford Focus Electric

The new Ford Focus electric car uses Repreve recycled polyester by Unifi – this is the same polyester Mantrameds uses in our 65/35 poly/cotton blend sustainable fabric for our scrubs.

By Cameron Chai

It takes plastic bottles and other industrial wastes to make the recycled polyester fibre Repreve, which in turn is used as the fabric for car seats in the all new Ford Focus Electric car. Repreve is manufactured by Unifi, one of the world’s leading environmentally sustainable fabric manufacturers.

 

ford uses recycled plastic bottles for the seats in the new ford Focus Electric

 

The Ford Focus Electric is made of sustainable materials intended to cut down on waste. Thus using the Repreve was a natural choice of recycled material. According to Unifi, a single Ford Focus Electric car uses 22 plastic water bottles of 16 Oz capacity for its car seats. The car is electrically powered and has zero carbon emissions, which is very much in line with the environmentally green concept.

As part of its 2009 mandate to its fabric suppliers to use 25% recycled content in their products, 37 fabrics, which have met Ford’s requirements have been incorporated. This is part of Ford’s “Reduce, reuse and recycle” environmentally sustainable global strategy. Repreve reduces the energy consumed in refining virgin material from crude oil. The company recently announced that it uses plastic bottles weighing 20-25 Oz for the carpeting in its new Ford Escape utility vehicle. This is the first time the company has used such carpeting for an SUV. Ford has previously used various non-metal materials that have been recycled for specific applications. Some examples of such usage are seat covers made of recycled yarn, wheat straw-filled plastics, head restraints and seat cushions made of soy foam, instrument panels consisting of castor oil foam and underbody systems made of recycled resins.

Source: http://www.ford.com

Read more at http://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=31228


What goes into Mantrameds Scrubs?

Mantrameds’ South Carolina office moved early Fall to W. Antrum Drive in Greenville. We have a great display room that has remained sparse until today. Pictured below are some of the materials that go into Mantrameds scrubs.

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To the right are miniature hay bales. The two brown ones are Texas Organic Cotton, which accounts for 50% of our poly/cotton blend. The orange hay bale with tiger paws is one of Jack Miller’s favorite souvenirs. He bought it at a fundraiser for the agriculture department at his alma matter – Clemson University. To learn more about Texas organic cotton, go to http://www.texasorganic.com/

The plastic pyramid in the center of the table is made of display canisters from Repreve Recycled Polyester, which makes up 50% of Mantrameds fabric. These canisters show the 3 stages of the recycled polyester process. The plastic is melted down and chopped into small beads. These are melted down into flakes, which are then extracted into polyester yarn. To read more about Repreve Recycled Polyester, go to http://www.repreve.com/

The left side of the table displays Mantrameds’ newest literature. As of last week, we have an updated catalog, story-teller hangtags, discount cards, and star-shaped badge pulls. To request a new catalog or inquire about Mantrameds scrubs, email us at info@mantrameds.com 

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Remember, Mantrameds scrubs are made in the USA using sustainable practices. Buy a pair for the green nurse in your family this Christmas!


Any colour as long as it’s green

A new line of party dresses at H&M puts sustainability and recycled fabrics first!

 By Harriet Walker

Fast fashion might have been good for our wallets and our wardrobes, but it didn’t do anything else much good. Cheap high-street chains democratised the way we wore clothes.

They realigned the trend cycle. But we reached the zenith of the use-once-and-destroy mindset shortly before the economic collapse rewired our brains and stopped us shelling out.

These days, as well as keeping an eye on wearability and investment potential, shoppers have developed something of a guilt complex – it isn’t so much a consumer culture any more as a consumer conscience.

Enter Swedish high-street giant H&M and its new sustainable collection, which aims to allay some of those fears by creating affordable clothing in a more ethical way. Since the launch of H&M’s first Conscious collection at Selfridges last April, the store has seen significant interest in the clothes and the story behind their production; many of the pieces sold out on the first day that they were available. This week sees the release of the Conscious Party capsule, a line of festive looks and statement pieces with the underlying message that “a dress is for life, not just for Christmas”.

“For us, it’s important that when they come to a store, whatever a customer chooses – if it’s a Conscious item or not – they should feel that it’s produced in a responsible way,” says Helena Helmersson, H&M’s head of corporate and social responsibility. “We work hard and we’re at the forefront of sustainability. But with these collections, we want to highlight it even more – these materials are extra sustainable!” She laughs and waves her arms around.

“Organic cotton, recycled polyester, tencel – which is more silk-like material made from old wooden fibres,” she clarifies. “Sometimes weuse recycled linen, recycled wool, and organic hemp.”

At H&M’s headquarters in Stockholm, there is an entire department devoted to coming up with new materials and creative solutions to address the ethical dichotomy surrounding what is at the brand’s heart: to provide customers with affordable but responsible clothing. There have been eco-offerings in the past, such as last year’s sell-out “Garden” collection, and a “Waste” collection that re-used remaindered materials from the highly acclaimed collaboration with French fashion house Lanvin. Pilot schemes have started too in branches of H&M in the Netherlands, where customers can bring in their old clothes and leave them to be recycled. It’s a pragmatic way of addressing a problem that won’t go away.

“The most common fibre is cotton,” Helmersson continues, “and we have the goal that by 2020, all of our cotton should come from sustainable sources: recycled, organic and ‘better’ cotton.”

The “better” option is a programme backed by governments and NGOs to educate farmers (so far, H&M has supported 68,000 of them) in using fewer pesticides and less water while growing their cotton. “The criteria for organic cotton are that no chemicals and no pesticides are used,” she explains. “It takes a few years for the farmer to convert and they lose a lot of money. We’re now the biggest buyer of organic cotton in the world and that’s something we are very proud of, but what’s so great with this initiative is that the incentives are there now, compared to organic cotton, where the incentives are four years away.”

On a previous visit to Stockholm, the company’s trend co-ordinator, Catarina Midby, told me about H&M’s first ethical collection. “In 1993, we did an ethical organic cotton collection called ‘Nature Calling’. But the fashion level was not right – it was more about sustainability than fashion… and nobody bought it.” As if pre-empting shoppers’ reactions to eco-fashion (which is often seen as inferior taste-wise, with an emphasis on substance over style – heaven forbid!), H&M does not now flag up the fact that it blends organic cotton into most of the pieces it sells.

The Conscious Party collection, however, strikes the perfect balance between style and sustainability, offering up some of the season’s most popular pieces in a range of materials. There are kimono blouses, high-waisted trousers, folksy dresses and dinner jackets, all accented in red, and Gothic bustier dresses provide a pretty body-con aspect. Supermodel Karen Elson fronts the campaign alongside her sister, Kate, both sporting recycled polyester numbers – a fibre which is made from melting down plastic PET bottles – which come in at under £40.

“We don’t want customers to have to pay extra,” Helena Helmersson says. “We invest in the customer first and we’re proud to make clothes of more sustainable materials available to a lot of people. We want to reach people with this message and we’ll stick to the same prices.”

The Conscious Party collection is available in stores now; hm.com

Read More: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/any-colour-as-long-as-its-green-6265188.html


Organic Scrub Stew!

Ever wonder what makes Mantrameds scrubs stand out from the rest? The difference is in the quality ingredients we use. Check out this youtube video to learn the recipe!


Meet our new Mantrameds Insider Sarah Johnson

Sarah is wearing our super comfortable and very popular Olivia scrub top in Jade.  Say hi everyone…

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Sarah Johnson – Mantrameds Insider, OT Student at MUSC


50/50 American Sustainable Scrub Challenge

We believe in eco-performance.

We believe apparel should embody a sustainable and active lifestyle that focuses on healthy choices in everyday life.  Consumers are demanding that companies provide green alternatives to the apparel they wear everyday, and we’ve answered this challenge by creating our own line of eco-friendly scrubs and apparel for the conscious and committed healthcare professional.  Our scrubs outperform, fit better, are softer and more comfortable than all other scrubs, hands down.

To highlight our competitive nature, we’ve decided to create a challenge.  

It’s a 50 state / 50 day challege.  The competition is easy.  Just be the first to become a Mantrameds Insider (see below) in your state, then bring on as many additional Insiders as you can.  It’s free, easy and you get a lot of swag in the process.

The first Insider in each state will receive a pair of free scrubs, as well a be invited to our special online design workshop team to create the new 50/50 scrub line styles for 2013.  After 50 days, the state with the most insiders* will also be invited to the online design workshop team.

Great, How Do I Sign Up?

Apply here now http://www.mantrameds.com/insider-signup

*50/50 Program Guidelines
Insiders are limited to a percentage of population for each state. (So you better sign up quick!)  Total 50/50 promotion program is limited to 1000 Insiders.  If you miss this opportunity, we’ll be doing more, so don’t worry, you’ll get your chance.


Why Is It Impossible to Find an Organic Cotton Bra?

Why Is It Impossible to Find an Organic Cotton Bra?

Written by April Dávila for the Earth Island Journal

When we get dressed morning, most of us probably don’t think much about the biotech giant Monsanto. But chances are that much of what you are wearing was created in one of the company’s top-secret labs: More than 70 percent of the cotton grown in the United States is a Monsanto-developed, genetically engineered product, and nearly 90 percent of the cotton grown in India (a fiber powerhouse) is genetically modified, much of it by Monsanto.

Farmers’ initial embrace of GMO seeds is starting to turn into a backlash. Here in the US, an increasing number of growers complain that reliance on GMO Roundup-Ready seeds have led the evolution of “superweeds.” And in India, poor farmers’ reliance on GM seeds has increased farmer debt, pushing many to the brink of despair and contributing to a horrific epidemic of farmer suicides that you might have read about here or here.

Shocked by the reports of Indian cotton farmers committing suicide and also concerned about how GM seeds reduce biodiversity and could lead to even more pesticide use, I wondered what it would take to end my financial support of Monsanto’s cotton wares. Like other consumers, I wondered if there were any alternatives. So as an experiment in compassionate shopping, I committed to avoiding Monsanto fibers for one whole month.

To prepare for this impulsive endeavor I was forced to set aside my usual aversion to shopping to track down two pairs of affordable organic cotton pants, two organic cotton shirts, two pairs of organic cotton panties, and a pair of hemp sneakers. (Because the US organic standards prohibit GMOs, buying organic would automatically make my clothing free of the Monsanto taint.) It wasn’t an exciting wardrobe, but fashion be damned — this was an experiment of the most passionately informal kind. But there was one thing I couldn’t seem to find, and simply would not go without: a bra. It seemed like I had more shopping to do.

I called up my good friend Miranda Valentine, who works as a fashion writer and stylist, and who always has energy for shopping. We agreed to meet in Venice Beach, where my online research had turned up three organic clothing boutiques. I circled each of the stores on a map. It like a military mission: Operation Organic Bra. (more…)


Schools plagued by nursing shortage

By Sarah Campbell

scampbell@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — During a recent afternoon at Millbridge Elementary, school nurse Sharon Beck held a blood glucose monitor steady while second-grader Kayla Woods pricked her own finger.

The two chatted until the device beeped, an indication the results were ready.

Kayla’s blood sugar was high, so Beck asked the type-1 diabetic a few questions.

“What did you have for lunch?”

“Did you eat all of your lunch?”

“Wasn’t your blood sugar low this morning?”

It turns out Kayla ate almost every bite of her burrito lunch that day.

After Kayla returned to class, Beck called her father to give him a heads up.

During the call, she asked when the 7-year-old’s next appointment with a doctor was and suggested checking to see if her diet needed to be adjusted.

But most days Beck isn’t around to help Kayla with her blood sugar checks, leaving the school’s administrative assistants to handle the task.

Each week, Beck travels between Landis Elementary School, Millbridge Elementary and Knox Middle.

And she’s not the only one. (more…)


What Should A Sustainable Political Party Advocate?

 Written by By Inder Comar

In the US we’re still more than a year away from the next federal election, but campaign news is already making headlines.  It’s worth asking:  what are some things a Sustainable Party might advocate?

Here are a few ideas:

Sustainable health.  The conversation about nation-wide health care is an excellent start, but people need to ask fundamental questions about what it means to be healthy.  Scientists and doctors already know that (1) nutritious foods, (2) a robust social network, (3) daily exercise and (4) rest and holiday are the best ways to manage stress and stay healthy.  Yet current health care models focus on emergency and end-of-life care, when care is at its most expensive and least likely to qualitatively improve life over the long term.

A Sustainable Party should fight for a health care system that maximizes preventive and sustainable health. Things such as (1) a better food supply, (2) better advocacy and support for the mentally ill, (3) more opportunities to be outdoors and exercise, and (4) more time off from work would dramatically increase quality of life and reduce disease, all while saving costs.

Sustainable infrastructure. The economies of the future will not be coal or oil-based. Carbon emission models are simply too scary — and oil production too vulnerable — to suggest otherwise. Other countries are already way on top of this:  Germany, for example, plans on being 50 percent reliant on wind, solar and hydroelectric power (and totally nuclear free) in just eleven short years.

Link to original http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/sustainable-political-party/


Become a MantraMeds Insider and begin spreading the word about a truly different company.

The Insider Program

At Mantrameds we believe how you feel, and what you say about our brand and products is our greatest asset.  Our Insider Program supports this belief and is our way of saying thanks and asking for your help at the same time.

Become a MantraMeds Insider and begin spreading the word about a truly different company.

As a Mantrameds Insider you will enjoy the following privileges:

  • 30% Personal Use Discount
  • Personalized Insider Card And Welcome Packet
  • Free Scrubs Annually
  • “Test Drive Gift Cards” Introduce Your Friends To Mantrameds At A 50% Discount*
  • A Seat On The Product Design And Review Team
  • Ability To Host Your Own Income Generating Scrub Sale

*MantraMeds Insider online application will list qualifications and requirements for acceptance to this program.

Click here: http://www.mantrameds.com/insider-signup


New Color Royal is Here. Availabe now.

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SAME GREAT FIT, PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT.

ROYAL is now available as seen on the Olivia scrub – a fresh twist to an old standby. This fashion forward smock style pullover uses darts and elastic back gathers, resulting in a flattering, form fitting scrub top. Paired with our signature Collective™ Pocket Design, Olivia effectively blends performance and fashion while providing all day comfort.
Plus, all of our apparel is responsibly made in the USA out of Texas organic cotton and recycled polyester for an eco choice that is super comfortable, softer and made without harming the environment.  Be conscious.  Be committed.  Be real.


Greener Clothing Choices

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
Making, processing, transporting, using and disposing of our clothing amounts to a major impact on the environment.  Cotton production accounts for 25% of US pesticide use as well as enormous amounts of water. Demand for synthetic fibers, such as polyester and nylon, has steeply increased over the last 15 years. The manufacturing of these synthetic fabrics is an energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of crude oil and releasing emissions into the air and water.  The EPA considers many textile manufacturing facilities to be hazardous waste generators.

HEALTH IMPACTS
Finishing, such as dyeing, often uses heavy metals that contaminate sewers and rivers and bleaching results in the production of the toxin, dioxin. Almost all polycotton and ‘permanent press’ cottons are treated with formaldehyde. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) are gaining worldwide recognition as neurotoxins. These are the family of chemicals that act as flame retardants. They have been linked to neuro-developmental and behavioral deficits, thyroid hormone disruption, and possibly cancer. PBDEs are used more heavily in the U.S. and Canada than anywhere else and studies show increasing levels are prevalent in humans and wildlife. PBDEs are slowly released over the life of the plastics, foams, and fabrics to which they are applied accumulating in water and working their way up the food chain. Flame retardants are often added to children’s clothes, pajamas, and mattresses.

SOCIAL IMPACTS
Today, 30% of world apparel exports come from China and increasingly more clothing in the U.S. comes from countries that regularly keep their textile workers in slave-like situations. As well, child labor is still going strong in most of the world and grows with the demand for more cheap clothing. According to UNICEF there are more than 218 million child laborers worldwide (excluding domestic labor). Gap recently came under scrutiny when it was discovered that some of their kids clothes were being made by child laborers in brutal conditions in India.  Unfortunately, sweatshop situations still flourish in the U.S. The Northern Mariana Islands exemplifies this situation: many textiles there are made in sweatshops and then sold as “Made in the USA.”

WASTE AND LIFECYCLE COSTS
An estimated 21% of annual clothing purchases never leave the home (until they enter the garbage)! Where they account for about 4% of total landfill space. The majority of energy used in the life cycle of a simple cotton t-shirt comes from washing and drying after it is brought home, thus even after clothes are purchased there is ample opportunity to reduce the environmental impact. Drycleaning reaps a high environmental burden and kids can be particularly sensitive to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that drycleaned clothes emit.

THE GOAL

  • Get hand-me-downs for your children.  Sometimes people feel awkward giving handed-down clothes as gifts, so make it clear on party invitations or in person that this is not only acceptable, but preferable.
  • Buy organic, fairly-traded clothing when buying new.  (More and more you can find organic kids clothes everywhere, even Target. As well, there are many websites and boutiques that provide organic clothes for children. Under the Nile, Hanna Andersson, Lapsaky, Grembo, are just a few well-known companies. Many other companies, e.g. American Apparel, have organic baby clothes.)
  • Make your own baby clothes from organic or all-natural materials.
  • Look for clothes and textiles that bare labels such as the Öko-Tex Standard 100. (The European Union has adopted the Öko-Tex Standard 100, a testing and certification program that provides uniform guidance to the textile and clothing industry to help eliminate all substances that might be harmful to humans from the raw materials to the finished products and every stage in between.)
  • Remember that you can save energy, water, and pollutants by how you care for your clothes at home. Buy a front-loading washer and line dry.

REAL WORLD OPTIONS

  • Shop for alternative materials such as bamboo and hemp (and even corn!) or, popularized by the major retailer Patagonia, recycled PET fleece.
  • Avoid buying children’s clothing and pajamas made of flame-resistant fabrics. Choose cotton over polyester, it is less likely to have been treated with flame retardants. (Watch out for those cute polyester pajamas, many of them have PBDEs in the material.)
  • Buy an organic mattress for your child. Your baby spends half his life in bed, get one that will limit his chemical exposure. Organic mattresses don’t have to be expensive, visit www.tinybirdsorganics.com for a range of inexpensive options.
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes and don’t cook clothes when using the dryer.
  • Pass on your children’s clothes when they have outgrown them: gift them, take them to resale stores (e.g. Once Upon a Child), donate them to a charity, or drop them off at a thrift store.

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Food As Medicine Lecture with Eva Stanley, Dipl. Ac. 9/8/11 at 6pm!

Food As Medicine
Where:
Alternative Chiropractic Center

1805 S. Bellaire St. #101

Denver, CO 80222

Driving Directions

Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

 

Dear Jerry,

Did you know?

    • Eating 4 stalks of celery per day can help reduce high blood pressure?
    • Broccoli and cauliflower are powerful cancer fighters?
    • Strawberries can help prevent constipation?
    • Eating between ½ and ¾ cups of beans per day has been shown to improve blood sugar control?
    • Having gas and stomach cramps? Try a cup of basil tea!
    • Dehydrated from diarrhea? Eat a banana to replace important electrolytes like potassium!
    • Eating less meat protein can help ease joint tenderness and swelling?
    • Eating 1 ounce of rice can get the serotonin flowing?
    • Food allergies may play a role in ear infections?

Join Eva Stanley, Dipl. Ac for this fun and informative lecture on Food As Medicine! We will also be discussing how food sensitivities affect your digestion. Refreshments will be served

 

We will be having a raffle for 2 great prizes!

1) FREE ACUPUNCTURE VISIT
2) “THE DR.’S BOOK OF FOOD REMEDIES” The Newest Discoveries in the Power of Food to Treat and Prevent Health Problems – From Aging and Diabetes to Ulcers and yeast Infections
by Selene Yeager, Editors of Prevention

Intimidated to change your diet? Be on the lookout for an upcoming field trip with Eva to our local Whole Foods Market! She will be your guide to help you find your way around the store and answer your questions so you can make better choices for your health.


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