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Paperworld 2022: Jury awards Special Interest Sustainability for the first time to exhibitors with sustainable products

14 Dec 2021

Frankfurt am Main, December 2021. Sustainability, environmentally conscious purchasing and ecological action have been important themes in the paper, office supplies and stationery sector for years and thus also at Paperworld. With the introduction of the Special Interest Sustainability, the trade fair from 29 January to 1 February 2022 will focus even more specifically on sustainability-oriented exhibitors and their products, so that interested buyers can find these suppliers more quickly. A jury of experts has now made the product selection, which exhibitors will be designated with the Special Interest.

More and more people are becoming mindful and critical when shopping, are usually well informed and ask about the origin, manufacturing conditions and materials of the products. "The demand of customers for durable products and items produced in an environmentally friendly way is increasing. Thus, the time is ripe to highlight these products even more prominently via a curated selection and to give this future-driving topic more visibility. In 2022, we will feature them for the first time with the Special Interest Sustainability", says Eva Olbrich, Director of Paperworld, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH.

The exhibitor e + m Holzprodukte GmbH & Co. KG with its stand at Paperworld 2020.
The exhibitor e + m Holzprodukte GmbH & Co. KG with its stand at Paperworld 2020. In the coming year, it will be shown under the Special Interest Sustainability. Image: Messe Frankfurt

At the premiere of the Special Interests Sustainability, 36 companies have already participated, from which the expert jury has selected 28. An independent jury of international experts decided which companies and products were included. The jury consists 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 for textile sustainability criteria), Sabine Meyer (Side by Side, Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten) and Mimi Sewalski ( The jury of experts examines the applicants and structures the products clearly into six sustainability categories. These are environmentally friendly materials, resource-saving production, fair & social production, re/upcycling design, handicrafts and sustainable innovation. Each exhibitor can fulfil one or more of these requirements with their products and thus also fit into more than one of these categories.

Among the selection was, for example, the company Edding, about which jury member Mimi Sewalski says: "Edding shows very nicely how even an established, larger company can perceive and implement sustainability as an opportunity for innovation. The concept of the EcoLine products made from 83 per cent post-consumer recycled material convinced us and is also holistically conceived due to the circular take-back box."

Also selected, among others, was the company e + m Holzprodukte. "Craftsmanship meets tradition and modern design at e + m Holzprodukte. The result is finely crafted writing instruments made of certified wood that impress with their durability and functionality. Another basis for our decision is the careful manual production with a lot of handwork, which only a few companies are still able to do", says jury member Sabine Meyer about the selection.

All companies receive a sustainability notice on their stands, which draws attention specifically to suppliers who are doing remarkable things in the field of sustainability. All manufacturers curated as sustainable can also be found online in the exhibitor search via the Sustainability filter function so that trade buyers can quickly find the relevant business partners.

The exhibitor search with the special interest Sustainability can be found at the following link:


As usual, Paperworld will be held together with the international consumer-goods fairs Christmasworld and Creativeworld at the end of January:

  • Christmasworld: 28 January to 1 February 2022
  • Paperworld and Creativeworld: 29 January to 1 February 2022

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