NY Now’s “SustainAbility: design for a better world” will be featured in its fifth year (it was formerly part of the New York International Gift Fair) at New York City’s Javits Center, from August 16 to 20. The SustainAbility program features a juried product display and the Eco Choice Awards, which will recognize innovative, sustainable product design.
The SustainAbility display will feature more than 200 products from approximately 75 NY Now exhibitors, all of which were selected for meeting established criteria, including the 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 products and artisan producers from Artisan Resource, which runs concurrently with NY NOW, August 16-19, 2014, at the Passenger Ship Terminal’s Pier 94.
“There’s been an increase in responsible personal care products for the entire family, as consumers are seeking healthy choices for themselves and their children,” said display curator Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions. “Additionally, more companies are offering innovative green toys, body care and clothing for kids.”
The display will also include a memorial product vignette featuring works designed by the late Miguel Calvo. Calvo was an independent designer and consultant, as well as an Accent on Design participant and juror.
The semi-annual Eco Choice Awards will return as an extension of the SustainAbility display. Popular vote will determine favorite products 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, www.giftshopmag.com/votegreen.