Sustainability Exhibit Expanded For Winter 2010 NY Gift Fair

The New York Gift Fair will expand its SustainAbility: design for a better world exhibit and educational program to include 220 eco-friendly products at the winter show. Since its inception at the winter NYIGF in 2008, this will be the largest display of “green” gift and home products and business practices for the program to date.
Participation in Sustainabililty: design for a better world is limited to global gift and home industry suppliers with products or production processes that are eco-friendly, or companies with business practices that are socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented. As part of the acceptance criteria, NYIGF has introduced a new “zero tolerance” policy for any products with VOC; lead (for baby, children and food-related products); aniline dyes, formaldehyde and chlorine (for textiles); and PVC, without recommendation for use and disposal.
From the 130 applicants, some 90 companies have been accepted into the SustainAbility exhibit. According to Shaw, there were three common trends among winter 2010 display applicants: natural tones, clean unfinished woods, natural textiles and under-saturated colors; heightened emphasis on technique— carving in woods rather than painting patterns on wood; and integration of green business practices, such as philanthropic and community support, as well as green production practices, whether by using natural and alternative energy sources or by greening offices, showrooms and manufacturing facilities. A full winter 2010 participant list, including detailed product descriptions, will be posted online at in mid-January.
“Green is becoming more mainstream in the gift and home industry, and NYIGF is taking a leadership position in the green arena, bolstered by the success and acclaim of SustainAbility,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and senior vice president. “During the winter market we will publish criteria that the industry can use to identify green products and producers, and rankings that indicate the extent to which a product or producer is eco-friendly.”
Along with the exhibit, two seminars will provide background on “green” consumer behavior and sustainable business practices: February 1, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, “It’s Easy Being Green, A Conversation with ‘Green Guru’ Scot Case”; and Tuesday, February 2, from 9:00 – 10:30 am, the Day Spa Association will present “The Beauty of Green.”
Both sessions will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with discounts for advance registration. Details and registration is available online at
In addition, the Eco Choice Awards, which debuted during the summer market, will return in January to recognize the most innovative, environmentally responsible products found within NYIGF’s SustainAbility display.