PICS: The Best Green Designs from the New York International Gift Fair

by , 02/02/12

Sustainable design; Inhabitat; Inhabitat NYC; Javitz Center; New York City; New York International Gift Fair; NYIGF; recycled materials; hand made; SustainAbility: design for a better world; product design; sustainable products; green design; eco design; eco friendly; trade show; Amanda Coen; Vinylux; Shannon Smith; Jetsam; Laura Skelton; vintage menswear; vintage ties; vintage flannels; used clothing; 3-Pocket Billfold; card wallet; recycled handbags; sustainable handbags; sustainable design; eco design; green design; vintage LPs; First World Trash; Wood Thumb

Vinylux was another company we found at the NYIGF that is making use of recycled materials. Their collection of vintage vinyl designs are made from old LPs, 45s, and vintage album covers. Located in Philly, the company has built relationships with record stores and collectors in the area who supply them with a vast supply of warped or damaged records. The vinyls are heat and pressure fused and made into bowls, clocks, mirrors and frames.

The old, intact records offer a range of possibilities but the company has not stopped there. The team has challenged themselves to think about the whole production process and use even the scraps they generate from the initial designs. Useable scraps are transformed into a Record Cuff which is 1-1/8 inch wide by 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Record labels are re-purposed to make the Record Label Coasters and Record Label Magnets. Album covers become sketchbooks filled with 100% recycled paper. After using as much as possible, any remains are sent to EKS in Brooklyn where they are ground up and once again given a new life as freshly made records.

With an array of innovative vendors sharing their designs, these are only a few of the ones we selected. We covered First World Trash and Wood Thumb in previous articles but they definitely also deserve a pat on the back for re-shaping how we think about waste. It is promising to know that small, sustainable designers are making an appearance at such a huge event and we hope to continue to see the numbers grow in the future!

+ New York International Gift Fair

All images © Amanda Silvana Coen for Inhabitat

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