New York, NY, February 2, 2016 – NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, is pleased to announce the winners of its Eco Choice Awards program for the winter 2016 market. Award-winning products are showcased within the SustainAbility: design for a better world® display in the North Concourse, curated by Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions, at NY NOW through Wednesday, February 3, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The winners of the winter 2016 Eco Choice Awards are:

Most Innovative
    WINNER: Eco Planter by Modern Sprout (Accent on Design®, Booth #4029)

Most Sensitive Use of Materials
    WINNER: Bee’s Wrap (Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares, Booth #3677)

Most Sellable
    WINNER: Handspun Cotton Napkin by Snow Leopard Trust (Handmade® Global Design; Booth #116)

“Now more than ever, consumers are actively seeking out products that are eco-friendly and socially-responsible. NY NOW’s Eco Choice Award winners, which represent offerings from across the market’s three Collections, showcase the continued demand for products that positively impact not only our communities, but also society as a whole,” said Scott Kramer, Co-Director and Vice President, NY NOW. “NY NOW is proud to recognize the industry’s commitment to green products and business practices through these awards.”

For the first time, all participants of the SustainAbility: design for a better world® product display were eligible for the Eco Choice Awards program. SustainAbility: design for a better world® attracts submissions from across all three collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – of NY NOW’s expansive market. Each entry undergoes a rigorous qualifying process before selection for participation in the display. The program’s strict qualifying standards were revised in early 2015 to recognize the increasing importance of eco-friendly production practices, with additional qualifications including products that are manufactured or constructed with only recycled, recyclable and/or sustainable materials and an emphasis on socially responsible and fair trade business practices.

For the Eco Choice Awards, products were evaluated onsite at NY NOW earlier this week by judges Danny Seo of Naturally magazine, Sarah Schwartz of Stationery Trends magazine, and Amy Beierholm of ABC Carpet & Home. The winning products will remain on display within NY NOW’s SustainAblity: design for a better world® exhibit throughout the duration of the market, and each product will be displayed along with details about their provenance and production process. These “back-stories” detail the green elements of the production process, including the use of renewable or alternative sources of energy in production, including wind, sun, and alternative fuels.

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About NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift
The winter 2016 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, will take place at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – that encompass 100,000 products in hundreds of product categories. It will begin on Saturday, January 30 with the HANDMADE collection, which closes on Tuesday, February 2. The HOME and LIFESTYLE collections, and Artisan Resource®, will run from Sunday, January 31, through Wednesday, February 3. Attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. For more information and to register, visit

About Emerald Expositions
Emerald Expositions is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 80 tradeshows and conference events per year, connecting hundreds of thousands of buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including Gift, Home and General Merchandise; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury, and Antiques; eCommerce; Photography; Healthcare; Military; and Food. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The company’s shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit