WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-NY Now in August will have two “green” initiatives to throw the spotlight on eco-friendly and socially responsible products.
Six products in the show’s SustainAbility: design for a better world exhibit have achieved NY Now’s highest “Degrees of SustainAbility” status. The companies given this designation are Elisabethan for its tablet cozy and coat pin, both made in the United States from recycled materials; Hand in Hand Soap for its donation of clean water and soap to children in developing countries; Hester & Cook Design Group for its collection of recyled-paper placemats and napkins; JeevanKala for its plastic vases and its support of medical programs in Kathmandu; Made by Survivors for its handmade jewelry production, which employs women who were formerly enslaved; and Marina Paper for its line of handmade books and journals produced by Nepalese women artisans.
In addition, online voting has opened for the semi-annual Eco Choice Awards. Three of the 120 products showcased in SustainAbility will be chosen winners of these awards, which are co-sponsored by NY Now and GREENRetailer magazine. Buyers and suppliers can vote through July 31 from among 10 finalists in the categories of “most innovative,” “most sensitive use of materials” and “most sellable.” The finalists’ gallery can be found online at giftshopmag.com/votegreen, and the winners will be announced during NY Now and profiled in the fall 2013 issue of Gift Shop magazine.