The topic of sustainability is also becoming increasingly prevalent in festive decorations. With the introduction of the Special Interest Sustainability, Christmasworld 2022 will focus even more specifically on sustainability-oriented exhibitors and their products so that interested trade buyers can find the relevant suppliers more quickly.
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 new 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 and to further advance this forward-looking topic."
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-friendly manufacturing: Efficient, resource-friendly production processes e.g. in the energy, water or waste sectors.
- Fair & socially responsible 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.
- Handmade Manufacturing: 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.
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, avocadostore.de