"Sustainability" Emphasis in Green Products

<img class="thumb" title="Post Image" src="http://decor click here now.cameoez.com/wp/wp-content/themes/decorwholesale/css/img/post-img2.jpg” alt=”” />This is Gift and Home Retailer News’ third annual “Green Issue”, where we highlight companies that are producing eco-friendly products and using environmentally aware processes. In this issue we spotlight “Sustainability”.

A new feature of the New York International Gift Fair’s Winter show was “SustainAbility: design for a better world®”.  NYIGF’s “Degrees of SustainAbility” intiative industry-specific criteria for identification of green products and producers. A three-tiered ranking – SustainAbility1 through SustainAbility3 – indicates the extent to which a product/producer complies with these standards. Ilene Shaw of Shaw+Co! curates the exhibit and determines each participants’ ranking. Of the 250 products featured in the SustainAbility display during the show, seven were awarded the highest level of sustainability for product, production processes and business practices

The products selected included a Canvas Tote from Bungalow 360 (California), Shea Butter Body Cream by Elizabeth W (California), “Soft Bin” storage container by Fluf (Toronto), Sueno recycled aluminum tableware by Mariposa (Mexico), the “Modern-Twist Studio” line of coasters and trivets by Modern-Twist (California), hand carved wooden bowls and stools by PATS (Peru) and Eco Collections by the Sugoi Group (California).

“These seven products not only are made with eco-friendly materials, but also are manufactured by hand or with low-impact energy sources,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “Their producers also share a prevailing ethic to support charitable organizations, or to work with ‘fair trade’ artisan groups in developing countries.”