Seeing Green

It’s more than just a color – it’s a movement. These days, sustainable design is de rigueur in the gift and home industry. Where will you see green at NYIGF this winter? You’ll find eco-friendly products in all 10 divisions, but your first stop should be the SustainAbility: design for a better world® exhibit, a sourcing showcase of 125+ innovative products from nearly 100 companies with a conscience.

Eager for eco-chic resources? These three, among many, will be at NYIGF this winter:


Wooden Aroma Diffuser by EmoiWooden Aroma Diffuser by Emoi Lifestyle Co. Ltd.
With a design focus on the development of everyday products, this Chinese manufacturer and retailer has added a room scent diffuser to its housewares line. It’s made of wood and silicone, two bio-degradable materials which can also be re-purposed. The streamlined design makes limited use of hardware, so the pieces can be disassembled and recycled easily. Emoi is certified by Green Seal, and only works with Fair Trade factories.



Archival Perfect Settings Placemat Pads by Cake Vintage Table & HomeArchival Perfect Settings Placemat Pads by Cake Vintage Table & Home
These placemats are beautiful, and recyclable. Perfect for everyday or entertaining, they are actually 12.5″ X 19″ pads with 50 tear-off sheets made of 100% recycled kraft paper and soy based inks. They’re designed by Hester & Cook Design Group, and printed just a mile away from the shipping department in Nashville, TN.



Dawn Redwood Tree-to-Be Kit by Potting Shed CreationsDawn Redwood Tree-to-Be Kit by Potting Shed Creations, Ltd.
Blending elegant design and handmade craftsmanship, this growing kit is eco-friendly on multiple levels. While designer Ann Killen created an opportunity to plant a tree, she also utilized recyclable materials, including hydrocarbon free jute, tree seed, OMRI listed soil, an aluminum tree tag, a coir seedling pot, and a terra cotta saucer.



We take to the streets for a night out in NYC, while leaving a smaller carbon footprint:

Rosemary's Enoteca and TrattoriaDINE –
At Rosemary’s Enoteca and Trattoria in the West Village, the cuisine is Old World Italian, but the emphasis is on locally-sourced food. How local? Chef Wade Moises, a veteran of Mario Batali’s restaurants, uses ingredients – eggplant, squash, heirloom tomatoes – from the building’s rooftop farm. The pasta and mozzarella doesn’t travel far to get here, either. It’s handmade on premises.


Greenhouse NightclubPARTY –
Hipsters who want to be green – and be seen – head to Greenhouse, a night club in Greenwich Village. The space gets its energy from a wind-powered grid, and is lit solely by LED lights. Cocktails are served on recycled glass tables, and bamboo lines the floors and walls. Enjoy organic cocktails between spins on the dance floor.

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