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Rivanna Natural Designs is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based company that makes eco-friendly plaques and awards. Rivanna believes that products that reward performance, express gratitude, and celebrate excellence should not harm the planet or the people who create, purchase, or receive them. Designing and manufacturing the majority of its products at its headquarters in Charlottesville, the company is committed to creating elegant designs with vibrant colors and planet-friendly materials.

Rivanna provides more than beautiful awards. Having been in business since 2001, the company understands that its customers need great delivery as well. Whether it’s planning a national award ceremony or honoring a single achievement, Rivanna ensures that each award has flawless engraving or etching, is properly labeled and packaged, and arrives on time at the right place. Rivanna offers custom awards and special delivery and set up services as well.

From the beginning, Rivanna’s goal has been to create green, fair-wage jobs for newly arrived refugees and others in the Charlottesville community who need safe and meaningful employment. With guidance from the local International Rescue Committee office, Rivanna started a small manufacturing company that was accessible by public transportation, offered flexible hours, and provided training for non-English speakers. Rivanna then obtained its sustainable forestry certification from the Forest Stewardship Council, months before the first product was shipped.

The original plan was to make FSC-certified corporate gifts. Within months of opening, Rivanna received a request for plaques. The client liked them and Rivanna made more. Today, the company designs and manufactures beautiful, eco-friendly plaques and awards for customers across the United States and Canada, including corporations, academic institutions, associations, NGOs, foundations, government agencies, and more.

Rivanna is proud to enable its clients to honor the planet as they honor others. For the past 13 years, the company has consistently introduced fresh and elegant award designs while upholding its commitment to the planet and community, and has no plans of stopping.

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