Spring 2013
Eco-Choice Awards for Spring 2013 By Sue Marquette Poremba

sustain-crop_horIndustry’s most eco-conscious products compete for the biannual Eco Choice awards.

As winter gripped the Northeast, 30 finalists competed for Eco-Choice Awards in three categories, which were announced at the semi-annual Eco-Choice Awards presentation, co-sponsored by NY Now (formerly known as New York International Gift Fair) and GREENRetailer magazine.

Only seven of the more than 125 products accepted for the Winter 2013 SustainAbility exhibit, were designated as achieving NYIGF’s SustainAbility3, the top-ranking level for eco-friendly and socially responsible products, production processes and business practices. NYIGF’s “Degrees of SustainAbility” initiative outlines industry-specific criteria for identification of green products and producers. A three-tiered rating – SustainAbility1 through SustainAbility3 – indicates the extent to which a product/producer complies with these standards.

The SustainAbility: design for a better world® display is a curated exhibit of global gift and home industry suppliers whose products or production processes are eco-friendly, or companies whose business practices are socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented.

“Every year the bar for the Eco Choice Awards moves up higher. The number of amazing new green products that are both functional and environmentally friendly is growing exponentially,” said Patricia Norins, publisher of GIFT SHOP and GREENRetailer magazines. “It’s so gratifying to recognize such outstanding commitment to social responsibility and to gift retail,” she added. Awards were presented at a special ceremony at the winter show.

“These [winning] companies share an admirable commitment to responsible product design,” said Christian Falkenberg, NY NOW director and GLM vice president. “Their products appealed to voters for their blend of ‘green’ function and style.”

For more information about the Eco Choice Awards, the SustainAbility display and the next edition of NY NOW, please visit www.nynow.com.


Sue Marquette Poremba

Sue Marquette Poremba is a freelance writer based in State College, PA. She specializes in technology, engineering, energy, and IT security topics. She has also published over a dozen essays and is the author of a book about the Philadelphia Phillies.

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