Award-winning Sustainable Brands and Products at Showcase
Seán O'Sullivan founder of Badly Made Books with Mary Palmer CEO of Showcase and Rosemary Steen CEO of DCCI.Photo: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland.
The overall winner for this inaugural award was Badly Made Books from Cork while skincare and wellness brand Nunaia from Tipperary and home accessories brand Kopper Kreation from Dublin were highly commended in this category.
Irish brands are extremely well placed when it comes to producing sustainable goods with many of the brands at the show making their products themselves or with small teams from natural and sustainable materials, while other emerging brands are coming from the standpoint of doing things from a sustainable perspective from the outset in terms of circular design, the use sustainable or minimal packaging and the use of local, biodegradable or sustainable materials.
Badly Made Books, winner of the very first Sustainable Award at Showcase is a great example. The brand’s slogan is “Our Books Are Rubbish” which reflects not just the humour but the ethos inherent to the brand. All of their products are made from recycled materials with their latest products being made of 98 percent recycled materials including the award-winning Think Outside the Box notebook. Stand C62.
Nicola Connolly founder of Nunaia with Mary Palmer CEO of Showcase and Rosemary Steen CEO of DCCI.Photo: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland.
One of the recipients of the Highly Commended Award in the Sustainability category is Nunaia - an innovative skincare and wellness brand. This brand is fast becoming renowned not just for its products which are all vegan, ethical and organic but also for its contemporary approach to packaging. The product which received the award at Showcase was the Skin and Soul Renewal Set which is packed in a very unique packaging designed by founder of Nunaia Nicola Connolly. Nunaia are the first company in Ireland, and one of the first in the world, to develop mycelium packaging grown from the root of mushrooms (a carbon negative material) and even their display stand at the show features shelving made of the same mycelium material. Stand J82.
Emmet Bosonnet of Kopper Kreation with Mary Palmer CEO of Showcase and Rosemary Steen CEO of DCCI. Photo: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland.
The other recipient of the Highly Commended Award in the Sustainability category was Kopper Kreation. The product selected for the award was the Brass Fitting Bud Vase Set. Designer and maker Emmet Bosonnet made this product from recycled copper elements and from vintage glass test tubes sourced from an abandoned industrial science laboratory in Dublin. Stand J101.
Aside from the award winners there are several other brands of note working to create sustainable products at Showcase. Here are just some of them:
BOLD BUNNY is a small, Irish, climate conscious business run by founder Ali Jones. BOLD BUNNY products are printed on sustainable stock and accompanied by recycled envelopes. In the past 12 months the brand has moved away from their biodegradable cello bags and stickers to a completely "nude" approach. Stand C35.
The vision behind each aoife ® piece represents a creative journey. Designed in Ireland, using eco-friendly fabrics, some regenerated from ghost fishing nets or synthesized from plant materials, reflects the brand's belief in circularity and sustainability. Stand J10.
Edge Only is luxury jewellery with an edge, ethically made in Ireland. using recycled, refined silver and gold. A brand that designs for men and women equally with clean, genderless design at the core. Stand C83b.
Linen Shirt Company
Having just won Best Product in the Fashion category Irish Linen Shirt Co. make their products from Irish linen and are determind to maintain manufacturing in Ireland. Stand C98.