Annieglass Wins Green Award for Eco-Sustainability at 26th Annual ARTS Awards

Annie Morhauser in the production studio
Annie Morhauser in the production studio

Annieglass has just been announced the Green Award winner for eco-sustainability at the 26th Annual ARTS Awards, held at the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market.

Annieglass founder Annie Morhauser has been transforming her interpretations of nature into luxury glass tableware and gifts for over three decades right here on California’s Central Coast. Handcrafted by a team of skilled artisans at the Watsonville, CA production facility since the company’s founding in 1983, Annieglass can be found at retailers across the country, and in permanent museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. And most recently, the company was announced winner of the 26th Annual ARTS Awards Green Award for eco-sustainability, at a gala ceremony held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX, during the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market, on January 16, 2015. With nature as inspiration, it is no wonder Annie has developed a commitment to environmentally conscious business practices, making this latest recognition all the more meaningful.

Palm Frond Leaves made  by Annieglass
Palm Frond Leaves made by Annieglass

Co-founded by ART and the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, the annual ARTS Awards is the premier international award program recognizing top designers, manufacturers, retailers, and sales representatives from across the world. Individuals in the home accents industry cast votes in multiple categories to nominate industry peers during the June-July ballot period. After a thorough review process of work by the judges and a tabulation of scores, the winners were revealed at the 26th Annual ARTS Award gala, with Annieglass taking home the Green Award.

Having been involved in the first Earth Day as a teenager in 1970, environmental responsibility has always been important to Annie Morhauser. A novel compilation of thoughtful sustainability measures are taken throughout the handcrafted, glass tableware making process at Annieglass. Creative kiln firing times ensure energy efficiency during the trademark “slumping” of glass, all scrap glass gets donated for reuse, and earth-friendly, biodegradable packing materials made of sorghum and potato starch deliver the final luxury product to customers. An advocate for sustainable responsibility, Annie also donates 20% of sales from her Suncatcher collection to the Clean Ocean Project and their pioneering mission of turning plastic into fuel.

Both sizes of anemones designed made by Annieglass
Both sizes of anemones designed made by Annieglass

“It is wonderfully rewarding to be recognized for our efforts to run a green-conscious business. Sincere thanks to those who nominated Annieglass, and to the ARTS Awards,” stated Annie. Jeanette Lamont, owner of William M. Lamont Co., a representative of Annieglass, accepted the award on Annie’s behalf.

Annieglass, founded in 1983 by artist Annie Morhauser, is a leader in the tabletop industry. Annieglass produces luxury, handcrafted glass tableware completely in the USA. Dedicated to producing “Art for the Table,” Annieglass captures the beauty of imperfect, handmade glass through a special “slumping” process that ensures dishwasher safety and durability. Headquartered in Watsonville, California, Annieglass is celebrating over 31 years of combining artisanal techniques and contemporary designs with new technology.

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