Special Interest: Sustainability

The topic of 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.

Sustainable products at Paperworld

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.

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 at the fair stands.

‘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.’

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-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.

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,

That is what the jury 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.’

‘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.’

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