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Sustainability at Paperworld 2020

Paperworld to focus more closely on the green office in 2020

Sustainability, environmental protection and ecological conduct have become key issues in the stationery sector - and are therefore also a part of Paperworld. The international trade fair for paper, office supplies and writing instruments has been addressing the "green office" theme for years and is now focusing on it even more closely.

Recycled paper has been a standard part of stationery stores product range for many years. However, environmental protection is no longer limited to paper products - retailers and manufacturers from every sector of the office and stationery industry are increasingly focusing on sustainable and environmentally friendly products.
As an international platform for the office and stationery market and a mirror of the industry, Paperworld also focuses on sustainability and environmental protection. Among the extensive range of products for office and stationery, environmentally friendly materials play a major role for brand-name companies as well as for suppliers of niche products.

On Tuesday, January 28 2020, the fair's Sustainable Office Day is dedicated to sustainable products, and environmentally conscious purchasing. Lectures and examples of best practice will present practical solutions for sustainable and environmentally friendly office equipment. "Environmental protection and sustainability are not short-lived hot topics. On the contrary, an awareness of these issues has become established in the office and stationery sector, which manufacturers, buyers and consumers address in a variety of ways. No-one wishing to remain future-proof can turn a blind eye to this subject. Our 'Sustainable Office Day' aims to set an example for the entire industry", says Michael Reichhold, Director Paperworld.

The Paperworld team is supported by B.A.U.M. e.V. (German Environmental Management Association) as a cooperation partner. In the course of the action day, the environmental organisation will present a varied programme of lectures in “Saal Europa” (Foyer Hall 4.0). B.A.U.M. was founded in 1984 as the first non-partisan environmental initiative of trade and industry and is today, with more than 500 members, the largest of its kind in Europe and a long-standing partner of Paperworld.

The Sustainable Office Day is accompanied each year with a Green Directory brochure published by Chmielorz Verlag in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt. It covers current sustainability-related topics, and documents companies offering green products with a description and placement in the hall plan.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will be in Hall 4.1 foyer with an information stand. Its task is to promote the environmentally friendly, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of forests worldwide. The independent, non-profit, non- governmental organisation is today represented by national working groups in over 80 countries. FSC employees at the stand inform about the requirements for FSC certification for paper products and advise both exhibitors and visitors. There is also a Green Pages information booklet published yearly, which lists all FSC-certified Paperworld exhibitors.

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