Spring 2010
Second Annual Eco-Choice Awards By Poornima Apte

Most Sensitive Use of Materials

WINNER: Hand-Embroidered Journals from Sustainable Threads

Based in New Jersey, Sustainable Threads nabbed the award for the “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” Eco Choice award with their Hand Embroidered Journals.

Designed by Leela Vijavvergia and manufactured in India, the handmade journals are made with 100% cotton fabric and decorated with hand embroidery. The tree-free inserts are made using scrap cotton fabrics.

Sustainable Threads’ attention to detail as well as green-based practices carries into the business as well. The company makes an effort to minimize and reuse supplies wherever possible. Most of their packaging is recycled. They also collect boxes, packing peanuts and other supplies from the local community.

“The award is an exciting opportunity for us and our artisan partners,” Poonam Abbi, co-founder of Sustainable Threads said. “As a young company, this award is encouraging and makes us feel more confident in our ability to promote our collection. It brings to attention the product and the lives of the people behind it.”



Reclaimed Coconut Bowl by bambu

This food-friendly bowl is created from coconut shell, normally a waste by-product. The bowl is durable, reusable and recyclable, and comes in recycled packaging. It is produced under Fair Trade policies, which support community artisans in developing countries. Proceeds generated by the sale of this product are donated to non-profit organizations: 1% For The Planet, and 3rd Millennium.


PET Felt Collection Diaper Bag

This bag from Museum of Robots is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Every pound of fabric used is the equivalent of ten plastic water bottles, which are repurposed and saved from landfills. This product is recyclable.


Recycled video cassette tape bags from Handmade Expressions.

Rugs made from recycled plastic from Fab Habitat.

Poornima Apte

Poornima Apte is an award-winning experienced freelance writer and editor. Learn more at wordcumulus.com.

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