Dec 13, 2012
NYIGF Recognizes Exemplary Green Products with Two Initiatives

New York, NY – Two initiatives recognizing exemplary eco-friendly and socially-responsible products connected with the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) have been advanced for the winter 2013 edition, with designation of seven products as achieving NYIGF’s highest “Degrees of SustainAbility” status and announcement of 30 finalists eligible for online balloting in the semi-annual Eco Choice Awards.

“Both of these initiatives are extensions of NYIGF’s SustainAbility: design for a better world® project, which serves to promote and build awareness of sustainable, earth-friendly gift, home, and lifestyle resources,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. “The products that have been designated as exemplary raise the bar and set an example for others in the industry.”

Eco Choice Awards

This winter, three products from more than 125 showcased in NYIGF’s SustainAbility display will be selected as winners of the 7th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards, co-sponsored by NYIGF and GREENRetailer magazine. Through January 4, buyers and suppliers can vote for their favorites in three categories – “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials,” and “Most Sellable.” The finalists’ gallery is available online at, and winners will be announced at NYIGF, and profiled in the spring 2013 issue of GIFT SHOP magazine.

The ten finalists in the “Most Innovative” category include: Ameico Inc. Lovi; BE HOME: Recycled Glass Diagonal Cut Candle Green Rosemary Lavender; Beads of Esiteti Maasai beaded scarf; Emoi Lifestyle Co. Ltd. Wooden Aroma Diffuser; Equilibrium Rectangle Free Form Mirror; first world trash Wine Satchel; Harry Barker Bon Chien Trinite Collection; NPW-USA Inc. Tube Toys; Sugoi Group Greenaid Seedbombs; and XOvivo Fashion Accessories Men’s Cymbal Bracelet. In the “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” category, the ten finalists are: Acacia Creations Recycled Aluminum Salad Servers; Areaware: Driftwood Wall Hook; CAKE® Jewelry Eco-Maniac; Contemporary-Craft LLC Block printed cushions and table runners; Fab Habitat Baskets; La Lavande Set of 3 Organic (Bio) French Soaps in Compostable Packaging; Marina Paper (P) Ltd Tsatsalung pouch; Sobremesa Greenheart Coffee Wood Utensils; The Soap & Paper Factory Hand Stirred Soap-Deco Collection; and What’s Hot! Inc. Frais Luxury.

The ten finalists in the “Most Sellable” category include: 80 Acres of McEvoy Ranch Body Oil; Aladdin Recycled Glass To-Go Tumbler; FunkyJunk Recycled (presented by Hipcycle) Tote Bag with Cutout Handles; Good Paper Happy Birthday Fungi; Greenpoint Brands Eco Teether; Lotus Love Beauty BlockPrint Candle; Neo-Utility ShapeMaker; Peg and Awl The Marlowe Lunchbag; Wabnitz Editions LTD Crushed Cup Glass; and Zebi Baby Organic Bundle of Burpies.

Degrees of SustainAbility

Only seven of the 125+ products accepted for the winter 2013 SustainAbility: design for a better world exhibit have been 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. Ilene Shaw of Shaw+Co! curates the exhibit and designates each participant’s ranking.

The seven companies designated with the highest SustainAbility3 ranking this winter include: Anjolie Ayurveda for its 100% organic Spa Soaps; Equilibrium for its handmade Rectangle Free Form Mirror framed in recycled timber; Fab Habitat for its recycled plastic baskets handmade in India; Marina Paper Ltd for its Tsatsalung pouch made in Nepal with Daphne paper and giant nettle fibers; Potting Shed Creations, Ltd. for its Dawn Redwood Tree-to-Be™ growing kit; Seawicks Candle Company for its 100% soy candles in a reusable drinking glass; and Sobremesa by Greenheart for its utensils and cutting boards handmade from certified, non-fruiting coffee trees. These SustainAbility3 designated products will be identified by special signage in the display at NYIGF. A complete listing of winter 2013 SustainAbility participants and their products is available online at

NYIGF is the nation’s premier gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,800 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. The winter market takes place Saturday, January 26, through Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94. Some 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at

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