Resources

Environmental
Green America 800-584-7336
Not-for-profit membership whose mission is to harness economic power-the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace-to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Inside Sustainable Packaging 815-609-3600
Inside Sustainable Packaging will focuses on three major aspects of sustainable packaging. These are: People, Products and perspective.

Fair World Project
Promotes organic and fair trade practices and transparent third-party certification of producers, manufacturers and products, both here and abroad. Through consumer education and advocacy, FWP supports dedicated fair trade producers and brands, and insists on integrity in use of the term “fair trade” in certification, labeling and marketing.

Village Markets
Village Markets of Africa is a fair trade business developing Christian partnerships between concerned consumers in North America and artisan cooperatives of the Lutheran Church in Kenya, both working for global economic justice.

Social Venture Network
Social Venture Network is a community of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs working together to create transformational innovation, growth, and impact.

Green Exchange
America’s largest green business community dedicated to shifting thegreen marketplace from niche to mainstream.

Business Fights Poverty
The leading online community for business and development, connecting over 10,000 professionals.

Green Chamber of Commerce
A 501(c)6 non-profit that was founded in 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Green Chamber of Commerce is a growing and diverse business network dedicated to Promoting the success of our members, supporting the development of sustainable business practices, and advocating for  green public policy.

Food Industry Resources

The Sell Gourmet Network 281-826-1436

Business-to-Business online gourmet food portal featuring over 3,000 unique wholesale food products for retailers to purchase for their upscale food and gift shops.

LabelCalc 888-804-0001
LabelCalc’s quick and easy to use online system enables users to create their own FDA compliant nutrition facts panels in minutes.

The Chocolate Life
The on-line community for chocophiles, and aspiring chocophiles, to explore, learn, and share.

LEARNING RESOURCES: Instructional
Gift Basket Business
Everything you need to know about starting a gift basket business.

Gift Basket School 330-478-0555
Industry supplier of gift basket products, promotional products, sales tool kits, seminars and design information.

LEARNING RESOURCES: Trade Magazines
Gifts & Decorative Accessories Magazine 646-746-6400
Industry news, trade show news, new product introductions and trend information are highlighted in each monthly publication.

Green Retailer 800-936-6297
Your guide to eco-friendly resources for the gift & home furnishings industry.

Specialty Coffee Retailer
Business monthly for the coffee industry. Searchable databases, industry news. forum and new products.

Gift Shop Magazine 800-936-6297
One-stop resource for information, products, ideas and inspiration for the gift retailer.

Fancy Food Magazine 312-849-2220
Gourmet products magazine for retailers.

Specialty Retail Report Magazine 800-936-6297
Retail trade publication reaching specialty retailers who operate carts, kiosks and temporary in-line stores.

Giftware News Magazine 312-849-2220
Worldwide magazine for gifts, home accessories, stationery, tabletop and collectibles.

Country Business 630-377-8000
Magazine for independent gift retailers of country gifts and accessories.

Party & Paper 203-730-4090
World’s best source for party & paper needs. Balloon art recipes, discussion forum and buyer’s guide.

Gourmet Retailer 305-446-3388
The latest industry news for retailers of specialty food and kitchenware.

LEARNING RESOURCES: Trade Shows
Gift Basket Professional
National Organization with networking, trendy new ideas, education and experience. Show is August 4-6,2011 in Columbus, Ohio.

Dallas Market Center 800-325-6587
Dallas Market Center holds approximately 50 markets each year, including Total Home & Gift Markets and Apparel & Accessories Markets.

AmericasMart Atlanta 800-258-6278
25+ annual Markets each year. Source for wholesale gift, home furnishings, area rug and apparel merchandise.

GlobalShop 800-93-8735
Where retailers and brand managers go to find retail design, instore marketing and technology solutions.

Trade Show News Network 262-782-8474
Online resource for the trade show, exhibition and event industry.

Natural Products Expo West 866-458-4935
This event showcases the newest and most innovative products in natural, organic and healthy living.

New York International Gift Fair
The Fair hosts 2,800 exhibiting companies showcasing the very best lines across the home, lifestyle and gift spectrum.

Green Drinks NYC
Green Drinks NYC hosts lively monthly networking events to connect and unite the environmental community of New York.

Learning Resources

Green Biz
GreenBiz Group provides clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that supports profitable business practices.

Retailing Resources
Gift and Home Channel 212-255-5774
Merchandising Trends. Industry Expert Advice. “How To” content.

RetailSpeaks 612-435-0423
Community of independent retailers determined to compete and thrive in a world filled with big boxes and internet stores.

Trendwatching
One of the world’s leading trend firms. 8,000+ trend spotters scan the globe for emerging consumer trends.

Distant Village Blog 773-276-4554
Sustainable package design blog sharing information on natural materials, green packaging, custom handmade package design, and fair trade practices.

Distant Village’s Photostream 773-276-4554
Contains lots pictures of our customers products using Distant Village’s packaging. Sustainable package designs, green labels, natural materials.

Distant Village Facebook 773-276-4554
Become a Distant Village fan on Facebook, a free social networking site. You will receive updates as we post them, trends, articles, special promotions and more.

Brand Design
Sustainable Brands
Aa learning, collaboration, and commerce community of over 50,000 sustainable business leaders from around the globe.

Americas Mart
AMC creates the World’s markets of necessity by providing everyone touched by our business with superior service and value achieved through passionate innovation and continuous improvement.

Package Design
The Dieline
Dedicated to the progress of the package design industry and its practitioners, students and enthusiasts. Its purpose is to define and promote the world’s best packaging design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest industry trends and design projects being created in the field.

Green Packaging Group
Your complete B2B resource for eco friendly packaging products, services, and solutions.

Industrial Designers Society of America
Dedicated to the progress of the package design industry and its practitioners, students and enthusiasts. Its purpose is to define and promote the world’s best packaging design, and provide a place where the package design community can review, critique and stay informed of the latest industry trends and design projects being created in the field.

Networking
Coroflot
Coroflot is the largest, most established, most diverse pool of professional creative portfolios in the world.

Core77
Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits.

Learning Resources : Design
Better Living Through Design
Home furnishings, design elements, gadgets & accessories, BLTD is your Design Guide to Home & Style.

Design Addict
Resource for modern, post-modern and contemporary design of the 20th-21st centuries where you’ll find information on designers and producers, on furniture, lighting, dinnerware, and accessories.

Design Bloom
Leading independent publication for design, architecture, art, photography and graphics.

Design Engine
The world leader in delivering high-impact courses for 3D Professionals, industrial designers, mechanical engineers, draftsmen, mechanics, and game designers alike.

Beauty and Cosmetic Packaging

Luxea
A directory of companies manufacturing high quality and innovative luxury packaging solutions. It is tailored for specialists active in manufacturing creative, high-end packaging.

Luxe Pack
LUXE PACK presents the best packaging and top material manufacturers at the very forefront of their field with highly specialized packaging for beauty, cosmetics, luxury resort, and spa.  Truly original solutions, new packaging ideas, and bold concepts in Europe and New York.