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Special Interest: Sustainability

The topic of sustainability is also becoming increasingly prevalent in festive decorations. With the Special Interest Sustainability, Christmasworld 2023 will focus even more specifically on sustainability-oriented exhibitors and their products so that interested trade buyers can find the relevant suppliers more quickly.

Sustainable gift ribbons at Christmasworld

Already at the last Christmasworld, festive decorations became noticeably more sustainable. The range included ribbons made from organic cotton, vegan candles, Christmas tree stands made from recycled plastic and spectacular light decorations for city centres made from biodegradable sugar cane.

The Special Interest Sustainability identifies suppliers who are doing remarkable things in the field of sustainability. It offers visitors orientation through the separate labelling of the selected exhibitors in the exhibitor and product search as well as on the rade fair stands.

“Especially after the pandemic experience, the topic of sustainability is omnipresent. Customers attach greater importance to durable products and festive decorations produced in an environmentally friendly manner. Thus, the time is ripe to highlight these products more prominently."

Eva Olbrich, Director of Christmasworld, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH


The jury of experts will examine the applicants and clearly structure the products in six sustainability categories. Each exhibitor can fulfil one or more of these requirements with their products and thus also fit into more than one of these categories. These include:

  • Environmentally friendly materials: Products made from environmentally friendly materials such as renewable raw materials with low environmental impact throughout their life cycle or organically certified products.
  • Resource-saving production: Efficient, resource-friendly production processes e.g. in the energy, water or waste sectors.
  • Fair & social production: Products that are manufactured in social facilities and/or under socially responsible conditions and/or fair trade conditions and that promote social and/or cultural development in the producer countries.
  • Re/Upcycling Design: Products whose raw materials are designed for recycling or that are processed into new products from used or no longer usable waste materials.
  • Handicraft: Products that are handmade and that maintain and promote craft skills.
  • Sustainable Innovation: Products that through their innovative nature (process, material, solution) help to conserve resources, e.g. quantity of raw materials, waste, energy and water.

The jury

This independent jury is made up of:

  • Christina Bocher, DEKRA Assurance Services GmbH
  • Kees Bronk, CBI, Center for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries
  • Lutz Dietzold, German Design Council
  • Max Gilgenmann, expert in textile sustainability criteria
  • Sabine Meyer, -side-by-side-, Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten
  • Mimi Sewalski,

Labeling Sustainability

Special-interest items can be quickly found at the Exhibition Centre. With the 'Sustainability' Special Interest, Christmasworld highlights suppliers who achieve remarkable things in the field of sustainability.

You will find the products and exhibitors identified with the ‘Special Interest’ logo:

Christmasworld in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable development goals

Christmasworld has been addressing the subject of sustainability for years and, with its Special Interest "Sustainability", is the international trading centre for sustainably produced consumer goods. In addition, the trade fair aligns its activities to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and is gradually expanding its own initiatives in this area.

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