Two “green” initiatives will recognize socially responsible and eco-friendly products and producers to be featured at NY Now. From nearly 200 products selected for the “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 9th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards.
NY Now will take place February 1-6, 2014 in the New York City Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal’s Pier 94.
“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 vp. “Through the Eco Choice awards, we’re crowd-sourcing to determine which ‘green’ home and lifestyle products resonate most strongly for retail.”
Eight products have earned NY NOW’s SustainAbility3 recognition, the top-ranking level for eco-friendly and socially-responsible products, production processes and business practices. The “Degrees of SustainAbility” initiative outlines industry-specific criteria for identification of green products and producers, with a three-tiered rating – SustainAbility1 through SustainAbility3 –indicating the extent to which a product/producer complies with these standards. Ilene Shaw of Shaw+Co! curates the exhibit and designates each participant’s ranking.
The eight companies include: Alegria for its Trumpet Flower cuff handmade by a Brazilian artisan from recycled metals; ecojot for its fashion-themed journals made of 100% post-consumer paper in a biogas mill; Everyday Artifact LLC for its Picture Pendants, handmade using 100% solar power; Kneipp for its Warmth & Energy Mineral Bath Salt made from plant-based materials using 100 % 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.
Three products from the “green” products showcase will also be selected by popular vote as winners of the 9th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards, sponsored by NY Now and GREENRetailer magazine. The three categories are “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials,” and “Most Sellable.”
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.