West Marine, the US largest specialty retailer of yachting supplies and accessories, is looking for entries to its third annual Green Product of the Year contest, with a deadline set for December 1, 2011. As a part of its BlueFuture™ initiative for a sustainable future of our planet, West Marine continues to look for innovative green yachting products.
The Green Product of the Year will be announced and the award of $10,000 will be presented to the designated Official Winner at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show.
The competition is free and open to individuals, manufacturers, distributors and/or inventors. Judges will select the winner based on the following criteria:
Effectiveness: Is the product as effective as competitive products in the marketplace?
Economical: Is the product priced competitively with existing solutions or similar products in the market? This can be measured on a per-use basis or a cost-justified basis.
Environmental Impact: How does the use of this product benefit the environment? Due to the diversity of product categories, this could be expressed in reduced fuel consumption, reduction of chemicals of concern, reduced air or water pollution, healthier or more abundant fish stocks or other metrics.
Degree of Innovation: Was the product introduced to the marketplace in 2010, 2011 or will it be introduced in 2012? Is the product different from anything else in the marketplace? Does the product incorporate new materials or technologies?
Verification of claims: All environmental or efficacy claims must be verifiable and substantiated by an independent third party. Entry must provide actual data, test results, laboratory analyses, etc.