This year’s winter LAMKT trade show (formerly the California Gift Show), held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, featured several unique and new products that are earth friendly and make wonderful gift ideas or personal purchases. LAMKT brings together wholesalers offering new and innovating products with store owners and buyers looking for products to help them stand apart from the competition.
It was important to find the best representations of products that are made of sustainable, natural, and organic products or a good use of upcycled materials. This show did not disappoint in offering new and exciting products.
This first product is not new on the market by design, but the Env Bags, a water-resistant, reusable line of bags, pouches, drawstring back packs, and pillow covers are made of a unique polyester blend that makes them more durable than the competition and come in amazing designs and when they have ceased to be useful, they can be put in the recycling bin just like any other plastic bag. These bags can be purchased at www.envbags.com.
Another show favorite is House of Cindy, which offers home products made of natural fibers that include beautiful pillows and poufs produced of the highest quality with great designs. House of Cindy also offers custom designs to give customers a unique, one-of-kind look for their homes. Additional products include lampshades, blankets and eye masks. All items are made in Los Angeles and can be found on their website www.houseofcindy.com.
Hat Trick BBQ is not what you expect when you see the name. The company takes broken hockey sticks and turns them into barbeque tools, golf brushes and bottle openers. This unique use of materials helps keep landfills free of these tossed away tools of the trade and gives them a new purpose. Other products offered include an ice scraper, a golf putter, and a household plunger. To date, the company has recycled over 28,000 hockey sticks. For more information, visit them at www.hattrickbbq.com.
Nature’s Kindle is a line of soy candles that smell amazing. As a fairly new product line, it has seven scents that have you wanting to put them all around the home, at the office and in your car. They offer candles in two sizes, the 16 oz. jar and 6 oz. tin as well as their newly launched diffusers. One of the unique features of the jar is that it is accompanied by a matching 30-strike book of matches. Learn more at www.mkt.com/natureskindle.
Natural skincare products are a continuously growing sector. Many are developed as a response to a lack of available options targeting specific issues. Aunt Be Botanicals offers skin healing products that tackle troublesome skin issues from eczema to acne to discoloration and even skin cancer with a formula that targets cancer cells and produces healthy new cells on the skin. Made from natural ingredients, these products provide both a physical and mental healing. Look for more details at www.auntbebotanicals.com.
Peshker manufactures towels, blankets, scarves and robes woven on wooden looms in Turkey. Made from fibers of the poplar tree, these products are soft and super absorbent and are hand made by local communities providing much needed jobs. To find a store near you, go to www.peshker.com and use the contact form to request local store listings.
Hand and Paw features a line of bracelets made out of cork. This sustainable product not only provides a very stylish accessory to any outfit, and as a tribute to the founder’s own rescued dogs, gives a percentage of all sales to animal shelters to aid in finding homes for rescues. To learn more about the Hand and Paw Project, visit them at www.handandpawproject.com.
These are just a few of the product companies found at the trade show that ran from January 30 through February 2. Keep an eye out as we share additional products found at the 2016 winter show spotlighting exciting new products made from the skins of planes, beautifully crafted alpaca clothing and accessories, a new form of tea, the upcycling of discarded bombshells, and much more over the next couple of weeks.
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