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Autumn Fair encourages greater sustainable action with Power Of One movement


POWER Of One is coming to next weekend’s Autumn Fair as part of the show’s efforts to encourage greater sustainable action across the greetings, gift and home industry.

The Power Of One movement was introduced by show organisers ITE Group at their festival of fashion Pure London then Spring Fair earlier this year and promotes the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to encourage more responsible consumption and production.
Jessica Dawnay, event director for Autumn Fair, said: “There’s clearly real impetus from within the industry to do something about the environmental issues we face.
“In a recent survey we launched, UK retailers told us that they hoped to increase the percentage of their products that are sustainable by 33 per cent on average by the end of next year. Many, however, simply don’t know how or where to start when it comes to their sustainability journey.
“Autumn Fair 2019 will put sustainability at the heart of its agenda, ensuring that retailers looking for direction on ethical sourcing, environmentally-friendly packaging, waste disposal and much more, get the help and advice they need to kick-start industry-wide change.”
Across four days at the show, which has moved to a different section of Birmingham’s NEC for the first time and opens on Sunday, September 1, visitors will be encouraged to pledge to make one small sustainable change to their lives at the Power of One Wall in the Atrium at the venue.
The idea is to harness these small, individual changes to create a more sustainable future for all when combined, and all who make a pledge will receive a free reusable water bottle, courtesy of Summit International.
All onsite Autumn Fair books will be 100 per cent recyclable, and the show organisers are also encouraging both visitors and exhibitors to bring their own water bottles to limit the need for plastic cups on the show floor.
As well as encouraging sustainable changes, the show will be hosting compelling sessions and seminars around wider sustainability issues at the Inspiring Retail Stage in Hall 6, where the greetings sector is located, and the Sourcing Theatre in Hall 10 throughout the show.
Headlining the programme will be Gemma Lacey, director of sustainability and communications at Southern Co-op, who’ll be explaining how visitors can inject sustainability into their daily business plans, with James George, who has a business engagement role at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, hosting a panel discussion on ethical sourcing and creating a green supply chain.
Also on hand at the show will be a number of suppliers who champion the sustainability agenda and demonstrate the wider industry’s commitment to ethical sourcing, including The Eco-Friendly Card Co.
Their passion for the environment and wild places featured in founder Scott Morrish’s photography meant personal conviction, rather than current trends, led him and wife Sue down the environmental route for the business where they use only recycled envelopes, and biodegradeable cello bags along with recycled board for the cards.
The season's top greetings, gift and home marketplace for the retail industry, Autumn Fair runs from Sunday to Wednesday, September 1-4, with the Everyday Sector, formerly the Volume Halls, opening day before, Saturday, August 31.
Perfectly timed for short orders and the key Christmas selling period, Autumn Fair is ideal place for retailers and buyers to find amazing new brands and the latest products from thousands of suppliers. Stock up on best-sellers, connect with other retailers, gain retail insight and loads of fresh inspiration.

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