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Paperworld 2022: Exhibitors can now apply for Special Interest Sustainability

3 Nov 2021

Sustainability has played an important role at Paperworld for years. With the introduction of the Special Interest Sustainability, Paperworld 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. Exhibitors can still apply until 26 November 2021. For the first time, an independent jury of international experts will decide who is accepted.

For clean oceans: Pens and even notebook covers and pencil cases recycled from waste plastic were on show at Paperworld 2020. Photo: Messe Frankfurt
For clean oceans: Pens and even notebook covers and pencil cases recycled from waste plastic were on show at Paperworld 2020. Photo: Messe Frankfurt

For years, sustainability has been an important topic at Paperworld - whether among the exhibitors and their products or in the supporting programme of the trade fair. Recycled materials and natural products are highly prized in the manufacture of writing instruments. A great value is also placed on environmentally friendly processes in production and delivery. "Customers increasingly prefer durable products and stationary articles produced in an environmentally friendly way. Thus, the time is ripe to highlight these products more prominently via a curated selection and to further emphasise the future-driving theme. 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.

"Exhibitors should seize this opportunity for themselves and apply now".

The sustainability marking on the award-winning stands draws attention specifically to suppliers who are doing remarkable things in the field of sustainability. All sustainability-oriented exhibitors are also marked with sustainability online so that trade buyers can easily filter their search for this offer and quickly find the relevant business partners.

New: curated selection for stationery products
Which companies and products are included is up to an independent jury of international experts. This 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 for textile sustainability criteria), Sabine Meyer (Side by Side, Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten) and Mimi Sewalski (

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 material, resource-saving production, fair & social production, re/upcycling design, handicraft and sustainable innovation.

The deadline for application is 26 November 2021.

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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Next event: 29 January to 1 February 2022 in Frankfurt am Main.
The international trade fair presents the latest products and trends for paper, office supplies and stationery in Frankfurt am Main. Paperworld offers the world's largest range of products for commercial office supplies (visionary office) and private paper and stationery supplies (stationery trends). This makes it a source of innovative business ideas for wholesalers and retailers, booksellers, internet and mail-order businesses and commercial consumers. In addition, the multifaceted complementary programme offers inspiration around the themes of lifestyle trends and Future of Work / New Work for retailers, architects, planners and facility managers.

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