Green Product of the Year Contest

West Marine, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, is proud to announce that it is accepting nominations for its fourth annual Green Product of the Year Award. The contest has been expanded to include all of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec). By expanding the contest West Marine hopes to encourage green product development throughout the marine industry. The Green Product of the Year is an important component of West Marine’s BlueFuture™ initiative to help create a sustainable future of our planet. 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 2013 Miami International Boat Show. See the 2012 Winners.

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The competition is open to individual manufacturers, distributors and/or inventors of boating products. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. See Official Rules

Entrants will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Effectiveness: Is the product as effective as competitive products in the marketplace?
2. Economy: 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 (use of the product will save $xx).
3. Environmental Impact: Is the product different from anything else in the marketplace? Does the product incorporate new materials or technologies?
4. Degree of Innovation: Was the product introduced to the marketplace in 2011, 2012 or will it be introduced in 2013? Is the product different from anything else in the marketplace? Does the product incorporate new materials or technologies?
5. Timing: Was the product introduced to the marketplace in 2011, 2012 or will it be introduced in 2013?
6. 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.

Participants are able to enter the contest as well as view the complete rules and entry requirements by completing an entry form between August 13, 2012 and November 23, 2012.