NY Now Sustainability project to showcase green products and practices

Program includes exhibit, education and Eco-Choice Awards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - New resources and trends in sustainable home and lifestyle products, production and business practices will be featured through the "SustainAbility: design for a better world" initiative at the summer 2013 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF), Aug. 17-21, 2013, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94.

Now in its sixth year, the initiative includes a juried product display, eco-friendly product design awards, and educational sessions addressing sustainable and socially-responsible business practices.

The summer 2013 SustainAbility display will feature 120 products from 70 NY NOW exhibitors, selected for their use of eco-friendly products and production processes, as well as socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented business practices. The display also will showcase sustainable materials and production processes from a selection of exhibitors in Artisan Resource, a new GLM-managed tradeshow matching artisanal craft producers and production resources with U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers. Artisan Resource runs concurrently with NY NOW, Aug.19-21 2013, at Pier 94.

SustainAbility exhibit highlights include: pencils and pencil holders by Acacia Creations made of fast-growing jee trees in Thailand; paper clip cork coasters and trivets by Dinner-ware.com; 100% recycled felt pods for plants by Flip & Tumble; merino wool felt placemats by Gräf & Lantz; beeswax candles by GreenTree Home Candle; 100% cotton baby pajamas by Helene Laure; and a carryall bag made of reclaimed redwood, canvas cloth and steel piping by Wood Thumb. A full list of SustainAbility display participants, with detailed product descriptions, will be available online after July 1 at www.nynow.com.

As an extension of the SustainAbility display, the semi-annual Eco Choice Awards, will recognize favorites, as determined by popular vote, in three categories: "Most Innovative," "Most Sensitive Use of Materials" and "Most Sellable." Ten finalists in each of these three categories will be featured during the month of July in an online voting gallery at www.giftshopmag.com/votegreen.

Two educational programs will be presented: "Leveraging Sustainability: Building Your Business While Building a Better World," Aug. 19 from noon to 1:00 p.m., featuring Raphael Bemporad and "Cash-In on the Cachet of ‘Made in the U.S.A,'" Aug. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring a panel of American-made sourcing and selling specialists who will explore product authentication and certification, marketing and brand positioning. Tickets for seminars are $20 in advance and $25 onsite. Advance registration is available online at www.nynow.com/programs.

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