Thirty finalists will compete for this year's Eco Choice Awards, which recognize green products in three categories: Most Sellable, Most Innovative and Most Sensitive Use of Materials. Sponsored by NY Now and GREENRetailer magazine, the competition invites voters to cast their ballots online until July 31. The winners will be announced on August 14.
Vintage Heirloom Rugs and Pillows from Shupaca
The 10 finalists in the Most Sellable category are: Traditional Grass Peace Basket from Azizi Life; Scrappy Dog Stuffed Animal Making Kit from Cate and Levi; Immersion Pendant from Emilie Shapiro Contemporary Metals; Mouse on Tricycle Cup from Kata Golda; Texting Mitten from Look At Me Designs; The Birds Napkin Rings + Napkins from LUprints; PIPEROID animals from Magnote; Trio of Yew Wood Hand-Turned Bowls (wood from Brooklyn Botanic Garden) from Phil Gautreau Wood Design LLC; Sertodo Ayurveda Bedside set from Sertodo Copper; and Multicolored Cork Classic Tote with Cork Tassel from Spicer Bags.
Sertodo Ayurveda Bedside set from Sertodo Copper
The 10 finalists in the Most Innovative category include: Balsa Pearl Jewelry by Beq Pettina; Bamboo Straws from Bambu; Recycled Kraft Paper Shopping Bag Large from BE HOME; Bi-Polar from California Clock Co., Reclaimed Plywood and Bamboo Candleholders from ESCLUSSO; Craft Lights from FunnyFish Inc.; Oropuro from Oropopo; 1253 Jetblue Backpack from Portage Worldwide Inc.; Wane Pendant Lampshade from Stinson Studios Inc.; and 78 rpm Clock from Vinylux.
In the Most Sensitive Use of Materials category, the 10 finalists are: Drinking Giraffe Bowl from Acacia Creations; Letterpress Library - Instruments from Albertine Press; Batik Pom Pom Pillow Thailand by Lumily; “Bicycle Lights” Art block from MKC PHOTOGRAPHY; Glass Mosaic Flower Vase from Noah’s Ark International; Huari Textile from Peruvian Imports; Vintage Heirloom Rugs and Pillows from Shupaca; tonlé Takeo Pillow Covers - Tribal Denim from Sprout Enterprise®; Skyhook from Tegu; Embossed Faux-Suede Tote Bag from The Underground Chic.
Huari Textile from Peruvian Imports
“Over the years we have seen an increasing adoption of eco-friendly business practices spurred on by a growing consumer awareness of green products,” said Randi Mohr, NY Now co-director and vice president. “The popular balloting that determines our Eco Choice Award winners allows the industry, as well as consumers, to vote for their favorite products.”
These finalists were chosen from products to be included in the SustainAbility: design for a better world® display at the summer 2015 edition of NY NOW, which will unfold August 15 to 19 in New York. High standards maintain that eco-friendly production and socially responsible business practices, as well as recycled, recyclable and/or sustainable materials, lack of VOCs or toxins and non-water-contaminating manufacturing processes take top priority.