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WINNERS OF WINTER 2015 ECO-CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
11th Semi-Annual Program Sees Strong Fair Trade Representation


WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 16, 2015…From 30 products, three have been selected via online balloting as winners of the 11th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards, co-sponsored by GREENRetailer magazine and NY NOW®, the Market for Home + Lifestyle. Two fair trade companies importing from Mexico and India – Tilonia (for Xaquixe Glass Carboy and Glasses) and Sustainable Threads (for a cruelty-free, organic silk throw) – are winners of most sensitive use of materials and most sellable categories respectively, while Massachusetts-based Look At Me Designs (for recycled skirts) was named “most innovative.” NY NOW will run January 31 – February 4, 2015, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“Companies around the world continue to recognize the growing importance of eco-conscious materials and socially-responsible production practices and the Eco Choice Awards are a testament to their ingenuity,” said Scott Kramer, NY NOW show director and vice president. “NY NOW is proud to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to sustainability and green design by co-sponsoring these awards.”

The winners and finalists of the winter 2015 Eco Choice Awards are:

WINNER: Most Innovative: Look At Me Designs (Plainville, MA) for its Recycled T-shirt Skirts made with minimal energy entirely from recycled t-shirts.
FINALIST: Katesplace, LLC (St. Helena, CA) for its Kupp’ a special children’s cup.
FINALIST: Dunitz & Company Inc. (Hollywood, CA) for its beaded bracelet featuring vintage buttons, retired coins and old watch faces.

WINNER: Most Sensitive Use of Materials: Tilonia® for Studio Xaquixe (Oaxaca, Mexico) for its Xaquixe Glass Carboy and Glasses made with recycled glass and by incorporating biofuels in the production process.
FINALIST: Hand in Hand Soap (Philadelphia, PA) for its hand soap.
FINALIST: Calyz Textiles (Pune, India) for its burlap netted cushion.

WINNER: Most Sellable: Sustainable Threads (Fair trade from India, based in North Brunswick, NJ) for its cruelty-free organic silk throw made with natural dyes and hand-woven by Indian artisans on manual bamboo-frame looms.
FINALIST: Rigel Stuhmiller (Berkeley, CA) for its “Love” animals greeting cards.
FINALIST: Beach Frames LLC (Atlantic Beach, FL) for its reclaimed wood wall art frame.

All winner and finalist products will be among more than 100 “green” products, representing the full range of home and lifestyle categories, to be featured in NY NOW’s Sustainability: design for a better world® display at the winter 2015 edition of NY NOW. For a complete list of all Sustainability: design for a better world participants, visit www.nynow.com.

The winter 2015 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home + Lifestyle, will run Saturday, January 31, through Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW’s comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE, as well as NEW! exhibitors – will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Attendees from all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration are available online at www.nynow.com.