Next year Paperworld will take place from 30th January to 2nd February 2021 with a central theme of sustainability. The three topics of environmentally conscious shopping, ecological practices and sustainability have been key issues in the paper, office supplies and stationery sector for some time and have also been part of Paperworld for many years.
The theme will be based on three pillars. The first and largest pillar is made up of the exhibitors who are represented with sustainable products at the trade fair. To make these even more visible to visitors, Paperworld is introducing sustainability as a ‘Special Interest’. This is a labelling system that clearly identifies manufacturers with sustainable products, both in the exhibitor search on the website and in the app and catalogue.
Michael Reichhold, Director of Paperworld said, "under the search term 'Sustainability' on the website, it will be possible to display all exhibitors in this area. This will make it even easier for visitors to find the respective manufacturers in the halls. Moreover, they will be able to gather information about the products and the company in advance in the exhibitor search.”
The second pillar is the complementary programme of events, where sustainability issues are integrated into a wide variety of ways. The special ‘Future Office’ exhibition will also be devoted to the central theme of sustainability in 2021. Sustainable products, eco-fair purchasing and environmentally friendly solutions for the office will be presented both within the area and in the speaker programme.
The third pillar is the cooperation with associations and clubs, which inform both visitors and exhibitors about their activities and the latest developments in sustainability.
The Agency for Renewable Resources (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe - FNR) will be presenting itself with the ‘Renewable Office’. As lead partner of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the FNR promotes greater consideration of sustainable (office) products in public and private procurement. The staff at their booth will explain the connection between product selection and climate, because, with 18 million office workplaces in Germany and numerous home offices, there is great potential for plant-based innovative product alternatives.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which has already been represented with an info-stand in previous years, is also registered for Paperworld 2021. FSC is a reliable organisation for safeguarding important environmental and social standards in the forest. The non- profit organisation is committed to positive change in markets, people and forests, both today and for future generations.
Michael added, "we would be delighted to welcome FSC back at the 2021 Paperworld. FSC employees provided information at their stand on the requirements for FSC certification of paper products. They also answered questions about sustainable packaging and listed all Paperworld exhibitors with FSC certification in the Green Pages information booklet. This is what makes the FSC's presence at Paperworld a valuable addition to the fair.
“Ecology in the workplace is an issue for the future because it not only serves to protect and preserve the environment but also goes hand in hand with economic considerations. Conserving resources and increasing work efficiency are closely linked to ecological aspects. A "green orientation" also supports the environmentally-conscious purchasing behaviour of consumers, which is increasingly coming to the fore. Making sustainability the top theme of Paperworld in 2021 is an important and pioneering step into the future. I am delighted that we are taking this step together with our exhibitors and partners.”
By autumn, additional programme items will be developed to integrate sustainability into other areas of Paperworld.