WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The next edition of NY Now, Feb. 1-6, 2014, will recognize socially responsible and eco-friendly products and producers in two “green” initiatives. From almost 200 products selected for NY Now’s SustainAbility: design for a better world exhibit, eight have achieved NY Now’s highest “Degrees of SustainAbility” status, and 30 have been named finalists in the ninth semi-annual Eco Choice Awards (online balloting in three award categories opens on December 20 at giftshopmag.com/votegreen).
“The common denominator among these products and producers is the innovative application of ‘green’ materials, production processes and business practices,” said Christian Falkenberg, NY Now director and GLM senior vice president. “Through the Eco Choice awards, we’re crowd-sourcing to determine which ‘green’ home and lifestyle products resonate most strongly for retail.”
The eight companies designated with the highest SustainAbility3 ranking this winter are: Alegria for its Trumpet Flower cuff handmade by a Brazilian artisan from recycled metals; ecojot for its fashion-themed journals made of 100 percent post-consumer paper in a biogas mill; Everyday Artifact LLC for its Picture Pendants, handmade using 100 percent solar power; Kneipp for its Warmth & Energy Mineral Bath Salt made from plant-based materials using 100 percent hydroelectric energy; Marina Paper (P) Ltd for its Chomolungmo Travel Diary made from biodegradable cotton and Daphne fibers by Nepalese artisans; Plan Toys for its Activity Boat made from reclaimed rubberwood trees using solar energy and low emission bio-fuels; Semaki & Bird for its Farm Notes made from recycled paper using hydroelectric power; and The Green Glass Company for its Oversized Glass (Re)Bottled made from re-purposed wine bottles.
For the Eco Choice Awards, three of the nearly 200 “green” products showcased in NY Now’s SustainAbility display will be selected, by popular vote, as winners. Through Jan. 6, buyers and suppliers can vote for their favorites from among ten finalists in three categories: “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” and “Most Sellable.” The finalists’ gallery is accessible online now at giftshopmag.com/votegreen, with winners recognized at NY Now.
The ten finalists in the “Most Innovative” category include: Alkemie Jewelry Stingray Cage Cuff; Bitters Co. Cork Ice Bucket; Cardtorial Plenty of Fish in the Sea; Catherine Weitzman Handmade Jewelry Plumeria Cuff; Delight London rubber band Modernist necklaces; Albertine Press “Greetings From” letterpress postcards; Geared For Imagination Casagami; innovativeKids green start Little Color Books; The Green Glass Company Oversized Glass “(Re)Bottled”; and Zak Designs Moso bamboo dinnerware.
In the “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” category, the ten finalists are: 2b design home LLC “Swan” candelabra; Alegria Trumpet Flower cuff; Everyday Artifact LLC Lithographic print earrings and rings; Mujus Samuel cufflinks in Monaco Blue; Mushana market bags with leather handle; Shupaca alpaca clothing and accessories; The Winding Road handmade wild hemp bags; Worker B Raw Honey; Worker B Skincare; and Zoe b Organic Fantastic beach toys.
The ten finalists in the “Most Sellable” category include: aMano Fair Trade coffee bag computer case; Be Home Inc. recycled glassware with dots; Christophe Pourny Studio Furniture Tonic; Cognitive Surplus Fish+Bones Soap; Eco-Brazil Corp/Echo-the-World Jarina necklaces from Brazil; Good Paper’s “You Complete Me”; Hand in Hand Bar Soap; LUprints Horizon Birchwood Coasters; Oots! Woodmobiel; and Scintilla Rain & Deep Blue Water scented candle.