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SustainAbility Project Back at NYIGF

The special exhibit looks to promote green products and practices


SustainAbility Project Back at NYIGF
Logo courtesy of NYIGF

Continuing its support of sustainable products and socially-responsible companies, the New York International Gift Fair will again host SustainAbility: design for a better world, a multi-prong initiative that includes the Eco Choice Awards, a new partnership with Green America for a seminar series addressing sustainability and socially-responsible business practices, and a juried exhibit of sustainable gift, home and lifestyle products.

This marks the fifth year NYIGF has hosted the targeted program in an effort to both support and promote green products and practices.

Green Products Exhibit

The exhibit was curated by Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions and is set to include 250 products from 119 companies from around the world. Products needed to meet a set of criteria including eco-friendly products and production processes, as well as socially respectful, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented business practices to be included.

Among the products that will be on display are the Bincho Water Bottle by Black+Blum, a reusable water bottle with a natural filter; Pureblocks by Geared For Imagination, bio-resin blocks for child’s play which are compostable and biodegradable; and the Big Piggy Solar Charger by Scratch-Tracks, LLC, which provides gadgets with a backup power supply.

The SustainAbility exhibit will be open Saturday, Jan. 28 - Thursday, Feb. 2 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. A full list of SustainAbility participants is available on the NYIGF website.

Green Seminars

The green product exhibit will be complemented by a seminar series created in partnership with Green America. The national non-profit aims to promote ethical consumerism and this seminar series will help to carry out that mission.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Monday, Jan. 30
    12 - 1 p.m.
    How to Make Your Business Green: A Roadmap to SustainAbility
    A panel discussion covering tools and best practices for making a business more eco-friendly and socially respectful. Scheduled panelists Jacquelyn Ottman, author or Green Marketing; Desiree Reese of Green Business Network, Green Business Certification/Transparency; and Ajax Greene, green business consultant and mentor. The session will be moderated by Russ Gaskin, chief business officer for Green America.

  • Monday, Jan. 30
    3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    How Green is Green? Determining and Weighing Degrees of SustainAbility
    A panel designed to explore basic certifications and characteristics that qualify a product as green. It will also explore the factors which determine where products fall on the green continuum. Scheduled panelists include PJ Stafford of Green Irene and Honest Green Wholesale; Gia Machlin of Eco-Plum; and Colleen Pendleton of Aid to Artisans. The session will be moderated by Alisa Gravitz, executive director of Green America/Green Festivals.

All seminar registrants will receive Green America’s Roundtable Journal: Sustainable Business Practices by Industry Leaders and Small Business Survey on Green Practices.

Both sessions will be held at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 onsite) for a single session or $30 in advance ($40 onsite) to attend both sessions. Registration is available online for these and all NYIGF programs and events.

Green Awards

Rounding out the green efforts is the Eco Choice Awards, a sort of People’s Choice Awards where visitors to NYIGF and the SustainAbility exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite green products in a series of categories.

The Eco Choice Awards for “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials” and “Most Sellable” will be announced at the conclusion of NYIGF.

New York International Gift Fair
Saturday, Jan. 28 - Thursday, Feb. 2
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center; Piers 92 & 94
New York City
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