22 Feb 2023

Spring & Autumn Fair collaborates with products of change on sustainability white papers

Spring & Autumn Fair collaborates with products of change on sustainability white papers


Spring and Autumn Fair, the UK’s leading marketplaces for wholesale Home, Gift and Fashion, has partnered with Products of Change to create a set of five whitepapers to assist retailers and brands with their journey to operating a more sustainable, ethical, and regenerative business as part of its Power of One® campaign.

The first whitepaper, titled Pathway to Sustainability showcases how to set business ambitions through the structure of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This is then followed by a further four whitepapers including an invaluable dive into the Green Claims Code with Navigating The Green Claims Code and Avoiding Greenwashing; insight on our generation of sustainable shoppers in Consumer Trends, and the necessary policies, mandates, and frameworks to be aware of in Legislation.

Looking at the inefficient, wasteful, consumptive, and extractive global economy that currently exists, the Circular Economy whitepaper explores the cash is king economic model and outlines new strategies not reliant on finite resources. It states, “With all its inefficiency, waste and pollution, our current linear way of doing things can no longer support a growing population. The system needs to change entirely if we are to continue building prosperity for all. And changing the system means doing things differently. Which brings us to the circular economy. A way of shifting from value extraction to value creation. Not an anti-growth or de-growth approach, but a way to create growth and profit but in a restorative and regenerative way. One that can create choice and do so with in the material limits of our planet and home. At its very core the circular economy is an approach and framework to support the choices we make not just in the materials economy but all elements of our lives.” The whitepaper goes on to explore the three defining principles of the circular economy: Eliminate waste and pollution; Keep materials in use; and Regenerate natural systems.

The aim of the whitepapers is to continue the show’s Power of One® activity by providing businesses with the tools to build action, and together reduce the collective impact over the next 7-8 years across industry to meet 2030 targets. The whitepapers are now available to download at Pathway to Sustainability - Spring Fair 2023

Nikki Griffiths, Group Communications and ESG Director, Hyve Group PLC said, “Thanks to our partnership with Products of Change, we can deliver real education to our audience of retailers and suppliers, with which they can begin to build actionable steps as part of a wider strategy to transition towards sustainability and business practices that benefit people and the planet. We are really excited to deliver this first series of whitepapers through the lens of the expertise at Products of Change and look forward to seeing the positive change we can all drive across business across the world together.”

Products of Change is a global, educational hub aimed at driving sustainable change across consumer product markets and beyond by bringing together a strong community of brand owners, retailers, content creators, innovators, manufacturing partners, and marketing experts to learn and connect through the platform.

Helena Mansell-Stopher, Founder and CEO of Products of Change says, “Products of Change is proud to partner with Spring and Autumn Fair, who has been driving awareness around sustainability since 2018 with their Power of One® campaign by highlighting that one small action can make a huge impact when adopted at scale across industry. Education is at the heart of Products of Change and to get the opportunity to deliver some practical guidelines to the industry through our collaboration with Hyve and help industry navigate the broad topic of sustainability to build action within business through these whitepapers, is a real privilege. I can’t wait to see how this work is transitioned into business to drive real action.”

Spring and Autumn Fair is owned by Hyve Group Plc, an international organiser of exhibitions and conferences that believes in the power of human connection through in-person events, online experiences, and new technology to drive business and business education forwards. Using its events as opportunities to make a positive impact on people and the planet, Spring and Autumn Fair has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability in business through the launch of its Power of One® campaign and three powerful pledges to help retailers take small steps to change the world, their mental health, and their environment.

The next show, Autumn Fair takes place from the 3rd – 6th September 2023 and, as the most accessible ‘shop for shops’, is the UK’s trusted platform for discovery and innovation, putting sought-after products, bright new finds, and industry-leading creative thinkers, under one easy-to-navigate roof whilst giving retailers unparalleled cross-buying opportunities.

Autumn Fair encompasses 14 sectors within four destinations across 8 halls – Home which includes Living & Décor, Housewares, Everyday, and The Summerhouse, Gift including Christmas, Floral and Seasonal Decorations, and Moda fashion featuring its own Catwalk as well as Jewellery & Watch, Womenswear, Fashion Accessories, and Footwear, and the newly launched responsible sourcing show Source Home & Gift - all offering thousands of much loved and established favourites alongside an array of sustainable and new brands showing for the first time. The show creates a compelling and unmissable platform for buyers to touch, feel, and experience the latest products, trends and innovations.

As the buyers one-stop marketplace for everything new and on-trend for 2023 and the Golden Quarter, Autumn Fair is the leading home, gift and fashion buying showcase. Visit www.autumnfair.com.

For further press information or images contact Philippa Suitters at Good Results. Email: PhilippaS@goodresults.co.uk Tel: 07866362980.

About Spring and Autumn Fair

Spring and Autumn Fair are the UK’s most vibrant marketplaces for wholesale home, gift, fashion, and sourcing. As the definitive "shop for shops", they support the retail industry like no other.

Spring and Autumn Fair are where bestsellers are found, relationships are forged, and curiosity is piqued. Imagine a treasure trove of new ideas and new trends just waiting to be discovered and displayed in your shop, showroom or e-commerce site. If you want to touch, feel, and experience what's new and innovative across the home, gift, and fashion retail industry - Spring and Autumn Fair’s are the marketplaces for you.

Located in the centre of the UK at the NEC in Birmingham, Spring and Autumn Fair is easily accessible for UK and International retailers (be it independent, multiple, or online, designers, contractors, and suppliers) to meet every February and September.

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