Las Vegas Market announces Global Goodness Award winners
January 24, 2014-- Home Accents Today,
Las Vegas Market announced that five home décor, furniture and gift firms - Blue Mountain Arts, Chairtech, Palecek, Phillips Collection and Rizzy Home - have been selected as winners of the second Global Goodness Awards, in recognition of their socially responsible products and business practices. The awards will be presented at the winter 2014 market, which runs Jan.26-30 at World Market Center Las Vegas.
This socially-conscious awards program, which debuted at the summer 2013 Las Vegas Market, highlights growth in sustainable, environmentally-friendly and Fair Trade products throughout the industry in general, and at the Las Vegas Market in particular.
"Las Vegas Market is pleased and proud to present the Global Goodness Awards program to recognize vendors who are doing well by doing good," said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. "As the fastest growing furniture, home décor and gift market in the western United States, Las Vegas Market has experienced a substantial influx of exhibitors offering Fair Trade, sustainable and artisanal products. The Global Goodness initiative is just one way in which International Market Centers is demonstrating its commitment to supporting environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible businesses."
The Global Goodness Awards program supplements an ongoing partnership Las Vegas Market has with the Sustainable Furnishings Council to create "One Good World," a sweeping program that not only equips retailers with the insights, information and strategies needed to respond to the rising consumer demand for sustainable furnishings, but also encompasses the many eco-friendly practices at World Market Center's trade complex.
The effort includes a sustainable products locator program, showcasing relevant at-market resources, expanded educational offerings addressing issues and opportunities connected with sustainability. Details are available online.
In addition, two of Las Vegas Market's 13 temporary exhibit categories - Made and Global - highlight the wide variety of gift and home décor exhibitors offering sustainable and Fair Trade products. Located on C11, Made showcases handcrafted, artisanal products including handmade ceramics, pottery, home décor, letterpress, apparel and jewelry. Global presents unique products from around the world with an emphasis on fairly traded products, social responsibility and global community development.
Winners of the winter 2014 Global Goodness Awards were selected based on their activities to integrate sustainable and socially responsible practices into their businesses and manufacturing processes, and thereby improve the lives of people all over the world.
Blue Mountain Arts has used recycled papers and soy-based inks since its founding. Its newest card line, Classic Blue Mountain Arts, is printed on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.
Chairtech ensures that all of its furniture is produced in an ethical manner by participating in the United Nations' Global Compact, which addresses 10 principles regarding human rights, the environment and anti-corruption initiatives. The company's manufacturing facility in China has been recognized as a model for other producers.
Palecek designs and produces high-end furniture and accessories using sustainable natural materials and eco-friendly production practices. The company also consistently provides aid during global relief efforts, most recently donating funds to rebuild school structures destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Phillips Collection has collaborated with the local northern Thailand artisan community, creating products such as the Galvanized Disk wall décor and Olympic Rings screen from reclaimed oil drums from landfills.
Rizzy Home undertakes humanitarian activities in India, where the company built and finances two schools offering free education to women in villages where the company's rugs are manufactured. Rizzy also built two hospitals, offers free eye care and ambulatory clinics, and a plastic recycling plant making rugs and carpet from waste materials.
A complete listing of Global Goodness submissions can be viewed here.
The three inaugural Global Goodness honorees recognized during the summer 2013 Las Vegas Market were
Bridgewater Candle Co., which partners with Rice Bowls to feed orphaned children; Kismet Designs, which works directly with artisans in rural India to produce handmade products using sustainable local resources and recycled vintage materials; and Seastra, which promotes increased economic stability and sustainability by working with rural artisan groups in Thailand on hand-woven gifts and accessories.