WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-The SustainAbility: design for a better world program will mark its fifth year at this summer’s NY Now trade show.
As at past shows, SustainAbility will highlight “green” home and lifestyle resources in the personal-care, juvenile-products, home and personal-accessories categories. It will be located at Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 in New York City—which, along with the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, serves as the venue for NY Now.
SustainAbility will feature more than 200 products from about 75 NY Now exhibitors. The products were selected for meeting established criteria, including the use of eco-friendly products and production processes, and socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented business practices. The section will also showcase products and artisan producers from Artisan Resource, the trade show that runs concurrently with NY Now and that features artisanal craft producers and production resources. Artisan Resource will also take place at Pier 94.
This summer’s SustainAbility will also include a memorial product vignette featuring works designed by Miguel Calvo, an independent designer and consultant who passed away this spring. Calvo’s work had been presented at trade shows worldwide, and he was a participant and juror for NY Now’s Accent on Design section.
Also part of SustainAbility will be the semi-annual Eco Choice Awards, sponsored by NY Now and GREENRetailer magazine, in which voters will determine favorite products in the categories of “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” and “Most Sellable.” Ten finalists in each of these categories will be featured during July in an online voting gallery, at giftshopmag.com/votegreen. The winners will be announced before the August NY Now and profiled in the fall 2014 issue of Giftshop magazine.