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'green'-themed seminars at NYIGF
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Apr '09
SustainAbility: design for a better world, a special environmentally-focused exhibit and educational program, will return to the summer New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) to demystify and facilitate “green” business practices for the gift and home industries.

The summer 2009 program will include a curated SustainAbility display, showcasing some 175 environmentally-conscious and socially-responsible products and producers, and two “green”-themed seminars – one featuring environmental entrepreneur, media personality, author and retailer Josh Dorfman, “The Lazy Environmentalist,” and the other addressing organic beauty trends.

“NYIGF launched its SustainAbility program three years ago to recognize and encourage the integration of environmental responsibility with profitable business practices,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “The phenomenal response – from both buyers and suppliers – signals that our industry is ready, willing and able to support the green movement.”

The SustainAbility display will showcase global gift and home industry suppliers whose products or production processes are eco-friendly, as well as companies whose business practices are socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented. The exhibit is curated by Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions and products must meet specific criteria in order to be included.

Selection is based upon “green” products manufactured or constructed with only recycled, recyclable and/or sustainable materials; environmentally-friendly production processes, or the use of alternative sources of energy in production; and socially-responsible business practices, meaning production by indigenous peoples, the creation of viable, sustainable trades and markets in developing communities worldwide, and/or the donation of percentage of product sales to not-for-profit organizations.

Some 175 companies, representing a wide range of product categories – from jewelry to home accessories and personal care to children's products – are expected to be featured in the display. A notable trend among summer 2009 applicants is the use of natural materials, including leaves, flowers, stones and plants. Notable participants include:

The “Peony” line from Bella Notte Linens, which includes duvet covers, coverlets, shams, and throw pillows, all made from organic cotton and linen yarns. The renewable plants are grown and harvested without environmental toxins, and the company follows a sustainable manufacturing process.

Maple infant teethers from Maple Landmark Inc, which replicate teethers used before plastic versions were manufactured. They are made from responsibly harvested hardwood maple, with no finishes, dyes or chemicals.

Embroidered belts by Indika, which are wearable art pieces created by women in Kutch, India, who make a living by selling their traditional handicrafts, helping them achieve economic independence.

New York International Gift Fair

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