Love Vancouver Love your Planet | Green Gem Awards
by Toby Barazzuol on Wednesday Jun 8, 2011
This Sunday we had the pleasure of taking part in one of Vancouver’s largest outdoor eco-festivals called Love Vancouver, Love your Planet. It was a truly beautiful day, the kind that you long for all year in Vancouver, and it seemed like everyone was out to make the most of it. There was a steady stream of visitors all day which provided a great opportunity to talk with people and get some firsthand feedback on our green awards.
Love Vancouver was a memorable show for us for a number of reasons. This was the first show we’ve done where we displayed only our green awards and awards made from recycled materials. In the past, green awards were a small but growing percentage of our primary line of crystal awards. Over the past few years however, we’ve developed enough unique green awards that they can stand on their own as a product line. At the same time, we’ve watched the demand and interest in using green awards really increase as well. We’re seeing more and more people want to recognize excellence and leadership in sustainability and that’s exciting!
We also designed and presented the first Green Gem Awards for Love Vancouver and used our new recycled glass Riverglass Awards for the special occasion. There were awards to recognize Eco Innovation, Rising Star and Community Environmental Leader. I was honored to be part of the panel of judges that included the one and only Amy Robinson from LoCo BC and the wise Rob Weatherbe from Recycling Alternative. Together we spent the day talking with the various vendors there to learn about their sustainability initiatives, and it was inspiring to hear so many stories and perspectives! There are a lot of creative minds at work in both green art and green business.
It was a tough decision, but in the end, Saul Good Gift Co emerged as the Community Environmental Leader winner for their tremendous efforts to revolutionize the gift basket industry; Ethical Profiling won the Eco Innovation Award for their innovative approach to textile manufacturing and creating revenue sources for non-profits; and Salts Organic Clothing was chosen as the Rising Star for their zero-waste policy and complete approach to sustainability. Jennifer Graham, the owner of Salt, was overjoyed to receive her award saying “it’s so rare to get recognized for this kind of work!”. All in all, a great group of companies and it was nice to see them celebrated at Love Vancouver.
It’s never easy to launch a new festival but Limelight Events did a fantastic job and are definitely on the leading edge of holding green events. We’re looking forward to many more times to Love Vancouver and Love our Planet in the future!