Gift Fair Debuts Green Initiative

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--The upcoming New York International Gift Fair will mark the unveiling of the Degrees of Sustainability initiative, a comprehensive environmental criteria, ranking and recognition system.

The program outlines criteria for environmentally friendly and socially responsible products and production methods, and establishes a three-tiered ranking system for adherence to these criteria, according to a statement from GLM, the gift fair's owner and manager. It was developed by the gift fair in cooperation with the show's recently formed Sustainability Council, an advisory board of "green" leaders in the gift and home-design industries, and retailers and consultants; and in connection with the SustainAbility: design for a better world exhibit at the gift fair.

Seven participants have been designated as achieving the highest level of sustainability for their product, manufacturing processes and business practices:

o80 Acres of McEvoy Ranch, which makes products using organic ingredients such as olive oil, jojoba oil and beeswax and scented with lavender, ylang ylang, lemon and lime

oBambu, with products manufactured from excess organic renewable or reclaimed materials that are the waste byproducts of other production

oEcojot, a producer of journals, notebooks, gift wrap and other products made with paper manufactured in a Canadian mill that is powered with bio-gas

oFab Habitat, with products made from plastics recycled from bottle caps and containers

oFire & Light Originals, producer of glassware made with post-consumer recycled glass

oJonathan's Spoons, made from cherry wood grown and processed within the same state as the manufacturing, purchased from a supplier certified by the Forest Stewardship Council

oThe Green Glass Co., manufacturer of products made by repurposing bottles, which uses 1 percent of the energy compared to melting and forming glassware

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