BiOH® shows how to LEED® by example

Posted by Nicole, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on November 23, 2010

In order to be a responsible corporation, a company must aim to be responsible across many ways that they manage and operate their business. We are excited to announce that on October 15, 2010, BiOH® Polyols corporate office team moved into a Gold LEED certified workspace. Cargill Incorporated through its Facility Department decided to use the LEED certification as a way to demonstrate broad commitment to sustainable office space design. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a ratings system guided by the U.S. Green Building Council.

At 766,300 square feet, Excelsior Crossings is one of the largest LEED application office-buildings in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Excelsior Crossings located in the suburb of Hopkins, MN is the realization of decades of commitment to environmental stewardship.

Excelsior Crossings Campus in Hopkins, Minnesota

The list to gain LEED certification through the USGBC is quite lengthy and can be achieved in a variety of ways. There are three Excelsior Crossings office buildings in which the first was awarded LEED Gold certification in 2008, the second in 2010 and the third is in the process for early 2011.  Keep reading to learn more about the sustainable strategies Cargill is implementing in the planning, design and operation of the Excelsior Crossings campus.

USGBC LEED Gold Plaques

How we got to GOLD:
18 environmental and design credits implemented at Excelsior Crossings:
• Building orientation
• Alternative transportation (excited to park my bicycle up front when I unthaw from winter!)
• Storm water maintenance (come take a swim in our beautiful pond, not!)
• Water conservation
• “Smart” irrigation
• Energy performance & operations
• Environmentally friendly refrigerants
• Use & collection of recycled materials (you don’t get $.05 per can but consider it a good deed)
• Local construction materials
• Sustainable harvested certified wood products
• Day lighting and daylight sensors
• Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants
• Outside views for occupants (it’s fun to laugh at people stuck in traffic, until it becomes you)
• Thermal comfort for occupants (finally, no winter wardrobe and blanket in summer!)
• Green housekeeping plan
• Chemical-free water treatment
• Greenhouse gas neutral furniture and seating
(the use of BiOH® in sustainable lobby seating really helped gain GOLD)
• Environmental education and display.

Excelsior Crossings Campus LEED Display

We are very excited to share our new campus and ways that we are paving the journey to a better environment. Feel free to stop by and see this beauty all for yourself. Also, leave comments on how you or your company is doing great things to be more environmentally friendly. It’s very inspiring!

Hittin’ the road to High Point

Posted by Nicole, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on October 15, 2010

Have you ever wondered where everyone in the furniture industry is during the entire month of October? Well, I have a little secret and if you didn’t already know… it’s time for the season’s hottest event for the Home Furnishings industry!  High Point Market  is “the world’s home for home furnishings” and runs October 16-21, 2010 in High Point, NC.  This is where the furniture industry comes together to share, collaborate and connect with some of the industry’s most influential retailers and manufacturers.

The BiOH® polyols team is hitting the road and headed to the beautiful state of North Carolina where I get to experience my first High Point Market.  Of course we are thrilled to kick-off the week at the Century Furniture showroom with the Project UDesign tweet-up on Monday evening.  Don’t forget that UDecide the winner! So hurry up and visit the BiOH® polyols fan page before 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. We will announce the winner at the WITHIT student mentoring breakfast on Wednesday, October 20. Check back for more details on the winner… Until then, watch this video about the top three SCAD student designs and view inspirational quotes on sustainability from passionate interior design bloggers.

Project UDesign at Century Furniture

In addition to Project UDesign, we will be visiting with many of our incredible partners who share the soy love for sustainability and BiOH® polyols. If you happen to be at High Point Market, make sure to stop by one of these manufacturers and inquire about their furniture with BiOH polyols.

BiOH® takes on the Big Apple!

Posted by Nicole, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on October 4, 2010

On September 20th we took soy to the streets of New York City in an effort to continue promoting Project UDesign.  Thanks to the help of super connected design bloggers and twitter friends (@moggitgirls,  @creategirl and many more…); we were invited a the taping of the Nate Berkus show! As an added bonus we also attended the Rue Magazine launch party which was held in our Project UDesign partner Century Furniture’s incredible New York Design Center showroom on Monday night.

As you can imagine when you gather a group of trendy interior designers and savvy social networkers, it is quite the place to be seen. The shoe collection alone would make Carrie Bradshaw green with envy. Needless to say, Rue Magazine, a new online only “all things design” magazine kicked off in style. Would you expect any less?

A toast to the brains & beauty behind the Rue Magazine launch at Century Furniture’s NYDC showroom

This incredible opportunity enabled us to educate the interior design community about BiOH® polyols and the unique ways that we are leaving behind a smaller environmental footprint. Our message was so well received that a plethora of design bloggers are now supporting and talking about Project UDesign by spreading the soy love to their social communities.

Here’s a glimpse at these amazing blogs and their incredible authors, who we would like to thank a million times over!!!

Glad to finally meet Amy @abcddesigns and thank her for her incredible Project UDesign blogs.

Day two involved hours and hours in a holding pen to get into our seats at the Nate Berkus show. The group was amped up and ready to blog about the experience. Nate Berkus is an interior design icon, the Owner of Nate Berkus Associates and was often featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show before  launching his own series dedicated to all aspects of design. It was a remarkable experience to speak with Nate about BiOH® polyols and better understand how interior designers are making great strides everyday to recommend and use more sustainable products such as BiOH® polyols!

Check your local listings because the Nate show episode we attended airs today, October 4, 2010 and features Project Runway’s very own Christian Siriano. What a great tie into our own, Project UDesign!

Great seats in the audience of the Nate Berkus Show! Airs Oct. 4, 2010.

All in all it was a successful trip and an abundance of new Twitter friends! The design community as a whole is a tight knit family who makes even newbie’s like me feel welcome! I look forward to working with many of them in the future and I am so thankful for all the support around Project UDesign and the success it is bringing to our BiOH® fan page.

Don’t forget to DECIDE NOW! Project UDesign ends October 19, 2010 so hurry up and decide on the next sustainable wing chair design from students of SCAD. The top three have been chosen from nearly 2,000 people so cast your ballot and show support for these incredible student designs!

Project UDesign contest begins today! YOU DECIDE!

Posted by Jenny, BiOH Polyols Marketing Assistant on September 3, 2010

BiOH® polyols is excited to announce the kickoff of Project UDesign!  Select your favorite wing chair designed by students of the Savannah College of Art and Design: SCAD Furniture Design: The new home for Ideas, Creativity, Innovation.  The top 3 finalists will move onto the final round of online consumer selection and have a chance for their chair to be added to the Century Furniture line and made with BiOH® polyols and Ultrasuede Interiors.  YOU DECIDE!


Ryland Quillen - Alifair Chair

Clare Beumer – Buncome Chair

Colin Jones - Tortoise Chair

Emily Carpenter - Kona Chair

Emily Carpenter - Madur Chair

Matt Gray - Luna Chair

Project UDesign video

Help decide who the 3 finalists will be.  DECIDE NOW!

Soy sleepy? Buy pillows made with BiOH® polyols at Target® while supplies last!

Posted by Nicole, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on August 13, 2010

I am soy excited to share with you that Target Home® brand memory foam pillows with BiOH® polyols will be available for purchase at over 50 selected Target® retail locations nationwide while supplies last. Whether you are a parent, student, mother or significant other, you can rest easy knowing that you have the choice of a more renewable pillow.

We have hit the bull’s-eye with this incredible opportunity to bring BiOH® polyols into bedrooms all across America. Stock up on soy and look for the logo when you’re browsing the bedding aisles of this trendy retailer (that is if you can make it past the $1 bins, which I frequent). If you can’t find what you’re looking for, I’m sure a friendly team member in red will be more than happy to help you. Hurry in today because each selected store has a limited quantity and this offer is while supplies last!

Here are the details:

 Look for the BiOH®  polyols label


 Memory Foam Supreme Contour Pillow by Target Home™

Open cell memory foam maintains comfortable sleeping temperatures, contour design conforms to support your head and neck and has a soft velour removable cover.

  • Price: $19.99
  • SKU DPCI 62/5/56



 Memory FoamDeluxe Bed Pillow by Target Home™

 Temperature- sensitive memory foam is ventilated for cooler sleeping, molded design is perfect for all sleeping positions and has a removable cover for easy wash and care.

  • Price: $27.99
  • SKU DPCI 62/5/57


Here’s where you can find pillows made with BiOH® polyols in the aisle

To find a Target store that carries pillows made with BiOH® polyols near you check out our handy Store Locator.

Everyone has the ability to make a difference by purchasing products that leave a smaller environmental footprint. By buying these products at Target you can feel good about your choice to rest renewable. Hurry in today! This exclusive opportunity is while supplies last!

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Slow Home Movement – Being mindful about the impact your furniture has on the environment

Posted by Jenny, BiOH Polyols Marketing Assistant on June 16, 2010

Interior designer Gloria Battista Collins, who sent us the video below, is a key proponent of this new movement.

Slow Home means being mindful and knowledgeable about the furniture you purchase for your home and the impact on the environment of the materials that are used to make it. It means buying the best furniture you can afford so that it will last and not end up in a landfill. It means slowing down to appreciate and remember the memories that accrue to each well-loved piece you own.

Thank you, Gloria, for using furniture made by TLSbyDesign, an Indiana based manufacturer, who uses foam made with BiOH’s soy ingredient in each piece.

But, especially, thank you for sending us this beautifully produced and unsolicited video of your slow home living room to share with our readers. We wish you and your family many years of happy memories there.

Tiffany Bradley wins our Bed Head is Soy Stylish contest!

Posted by Jenny, BiOH Polyols Marketing Assistant on June 7, 2010

Congratulations to Tiffany Bradley for winning our Bed Head is Soy Stylish photo contest! Her “Morning Me… Bleh!!!” bed head photo garnered the most public votes and was also the favorite among our judges. The Bed Head is Soy Stylish contest is a partnership with Serta® Mattress and the 2010 HGTV Green Home. Tiffany will receive a top of the line, queen size mattress set from the new collection of HGTV Green Home mattress collection by Serta® shipped directly to her home!

Bed Head is Soy Stylish

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! To see all entries and the runners-up, please view our slideshow below:

LEE Industries Embraces More Soy

Posted by Jessica, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on May 10, 2010

Jump for Soy! At the April 2010 High Point Market, LEE Industries introduced a new cushion option in their upholstered leather collection that is made with >30% soy content in the foam - the highest  renewable content currently offered in the industry!

Two chairs from LEE's Leather Collection in their High Point Showroom

The cushions are made with Bio-Lux™ Max technology from NCFI Polyurethanes where 50% of the foam’s petroleum-based polyol is replaced with BiOH® Polyols. NCFI has been using BiOH technology in their foams since 2006 and continues to explore ways to add more renewable content to their foam products.

LEE has a long history of embracing sustainable processes and materials. In fact, they were the first manufacturer to adopt soy-based foams made with BiOH® Polyols back in 2006. Additionally, they are founding members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. We shared some fun facts about LEE Industries in a previous blog post - including their extensive fabric and leather options! You can contact LEE directly to inquire about their furniture and/or new cushion options.

LEE's leather collection featured a new cushion option with Bio-Lux Max Technology

Hats off to LEE Industries and NCFI for embracing the soy story and taking the lead in ”raising the bar” around renewable, soy content in foams! As BiOH® Polyols are incorporated at higher levels across the industry, the positive environmental impacts and petroleum savings can continue to increase. Every additional percentage of soy embraced by manufacturers along with each individual furniture or mattress purchase decision adds up!

PS – For those that would like to learn more about Bio-Lux™ Max foam made with >30% soy content, contact NCFI around supply and performance questions.

Kicking Off Our “Bed Head is Soy Stylish” Contest

Posted by Jessica, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on May 3, 2010

It’s official! Today kicks off our “Bed Head is Soy Stylish” contest in partnership with Serta® Mattress and the 2010 HGTV Green Home. We’re celebrating the new HGTV Green Home mattress collection by Serta® featured in the design home this year. The Grand Prize winner in our “Bed Head is Soy Stylish” photo contest will receive a top of the line, Queen Size mattress set from this new collection shipped directly to your home! You can enter today from the BiOH Facebook page and clicking on the “Contests” tab to view the contest application shown below.


Here are the contest details!

  • Phase 1 (May 3- 28) – Submit Your Photo Entry: Get your cameras and get creative! It’s fun and easy to participate – just submit a photo of a family member, a friend, a pet, or yourself with crazy Bed Head – you know, they type of hair you have in the morning after going to bed with wet hair or after a lot of tossing and turning. (Limit of one entry per individual.)
  • Phase 2 (May 29- June 4) – Public Voting: This is your chance to lobby your family and friends to vote for your photo! The top five entries with the highest number of votes will be selected as finalists!
  • Phase 3 (June 4) – Judging: Judges will include a three member panel with representatives from BiOH, Serta® and HGTV. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from among the five Finalists based on the following criteria: creativity (50%) and originality (50%).
  • Phase 4 (June 4) – Winners Announced: Winners will be announced the afternoon of June 4! The Grand Prize winner will receive a queen mattress set from the HGTV Green Home Collection, and the four Runners Up will receive $100 iTunes gift cards.

Here’s Jessica Koster, Marketing Manager for the BiOH Polyols business talking about the contest…with her Saturday morning Bed Head!

We can’t wait to see the photos you submit. Maybe you’ll want to go to bed with your hair wet. Or maybe you can try to some new hair styling products before bed. Whatever you do…. we hope you’ll spread the word to your friends and have fun! Good luck!

Bed Head is Soy Stylish!

Posted by Jessica, BiOH Polyols Marketing Manager on April 30, 2010

We have such BIG NEWS that we couldn’t wait until next week to announce it! Get your cameras ready for our “Bed Head is Soy Stylish” photo contest that kicks off next week! It’s fun and easy to participate – just submit a photo of a family member, a friend, or yourself with crazy Bed Head (You know, they type of hair you have in the morning after going to bed with wet hair or after a lot of tossing and turning!) through the Bed Head tab that will be added to our Facebook page in the next couple of days. You’ll have a chance to win a fabulous, new Serta® mattress currently featured in the HGTV Green Home!

Stay tuned for more contest details on Monday! Until then, you can capture some great Bed Heat photos this weekend… Have fun!