Top Green Products Highlighted at New York Gift Fair

Laundry hampers from One World Projects

Laundry hampers from One World Projects

NEW YORK–Three companies received Eco Choice Awards for presenting the most innovative and environmentally responsible gift, home and lifestyle products at the New York International Gift Fair, which ended yesterday.

The fourth semi-annual Eco Choice Awards, co-sponsored by NYIGF and GREENRetailer magazine, were bestowed to “green” gift and home products in three categories – Most Innovative, Most Sensitive Use of Materials and Most Sellable. Retailers attending the show voted to determine the winners among some 200 “green” products in NYIGF’s SustainAbility: design for a better world display. “We asked market-goers to pick their favorite ‘green’ products, based on inventiveness, newness, aesthetics and functionality,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and senior vice president at GLM, which owns and operates the show.

One World Projects won the Most Innovative award for its recycled plastic laundry hamper from India. This multipurpose basket was handmade in India from recycled plastic. The salvaged plastic strands are created by melting recycled plastic bottles and other bits of plastic waste gathered in the slums of Chennai, India.

ES won the Most Sensitive Use of Materials award for its Chilote House Shoe, made only from local wool from free range Patagonian sheep and tanned natural salmon skin and hand-assembled by self organized groups of artisan women in the south of Chile.

I Design Distribution received the Most Sellable award for Kisim, a patented material made from ecological materials obtained from production waste. Yael Rosen started Kisim in 1999 inspired by the simple solutions of Japanese fabric design and the traditional leather craftsmanship of the Middle East.