Nearly 250 “green” products have passed the application process and will be displayed in the SustainAbility: Design for a Better World exhibit returning to the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), August 14-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Accepted products were required to have eco-friendly production processes, exclude certain types of environmental pollutants, and have socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented business practices.
The 250 accepted products come from 133 companies and include tableware, stationery, personal accessories, juvenile products, and home décor. The exhibit is located in the Javits Center’s North Concourse near the entrance to the Accent on Design exhibit.
Before the Fair opens on August 14, several products within the exhibit will receive NYIGF’s “Degrees of SustainAbility” distinction, indicating the product and producer’s level of earth-friendly production and materials. Additionally, the display will be complemented by educational programming, which includes the “It’s Easy Being Green—Just Ask the Experts!” panel, held August 16 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Retailers will also have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative, environmentally responsible products found within SustainAbility display, and winners will receive Eco Choice Award in three categories: “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” and “Most Sellable.” The awards, sponsored by NYIGF and GREENRetailer, will be announced at the conclusion of this year’s NYIGF.