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Sustainable products are becoming increasingly attractive to a growing number of consumers, according to a trend study of the OTTO Group. From niche to mainstream,

consumer awareness of environmentally sustainable, responsible consumption is growing. But what does sustainable production really mean, which materials can be recycled, which not? Retailers will find answers to these

and many other questions at Ecostyle, the trade fair for sustainable, ‘green’ consumer goods, which will be held concurrently with the Tendence order and new product platform from August 29 to September 1. More than 50 exhibitors present

high-grade products standing for design, ecology, functionality and social aspects in manufacturing at Ecostyle 2015. Visitors can look forward to seeing

the latest innovations by Dutch designer Jurianne Matter. “All my products are made in Holland and are completely eco-friendly.” She said: “For me, a product is only beautiful if both nature and man have been considered in its development. Her printed towels, bags and paper articles incorporate ‘Vega-Fast ink’, a vegetable-oil based dye made in the Netherlands. The bags are made of maize meal, which is biodegradable. The products can be seen at Ecostyle on the exhibition stand of La mesa Wohn accessoires. Sustainability is also of central

importance for TicToys founders Tony Ramenda and Matthias Meister who, with a great love of detail, design toys made of natural materials for children and the young at heart, which represent a counterweight to today’s omnipresent brightly coloured plastic toys. They use renewable primary products from domestic sources and

recyclable packaging. Cotton is sourced from Fair Trade certified suppliers. “Our products combine our hobbies with our belief in a better world. TicToys equals Fair Made & Fair Play”, says Matthias Meister. The Bea Mely label also attaches

great importance to environmentally friendly and sustainable production, as well as fair working conditions, for its products. The handbags, dishes, vases, decorative orbs, trays and woolly hats are designed in Germany and hand- made using traditional methods in Vietnam, Ecuador and Columbia. “We purchase our products from small manufacturers or family companies whereby we ensure that the people who make our wonderful products also receive a fair wage and are treated well”, says Bea Mely CEO, Peter Becker. In addition to the spectrum of

exhibitors, Ecostyle offers visitors a number of special exhibitions. One of

them shows the winners and nominees of the German Ecodesign Award. Initiated by the Federal Environmental Ministry and the Federal Environmental Agency, the Ecodesign Award honours innovative products, services and concepts meeting specific aesthetic and ecological criteria. Another must is the ‘Cork Old

World – New World’ presentation at Ecostyle. There, students of the Karlsruhe College of Arts and Design exhibit projects using the ecological material cork. The project is supported by Amorim, a manufacturer of stoppers made of natural cork. The ‘Talents’ promotional area for

young designers is also well worth seeing. There, Ecostyle gives creative minds a platform on which they can present their ideas and designs on the subject of ‘sustainability’ to a wider audience.

Strong ‘a-Tendence’ guaranteed

Along with the major UK trade shows taking place in the coming month, Tendence opens its doors on August 29 – September 1 at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition space in Germany. Tendence consists of two

Doctor Who reaches new Dimensions!

BBC Worldwide has announced details of the official Doctor Who Festival, which will take place at ExCeL, London on November 13-15. The show will be attended by the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi along with

series show runner, Steven Moffat and is set to offer fans an exclusive glimpse into how the world of Doctor Who is created. Peter Capaldi commented: “I’ll be heading there in November to join the fun

and if it’s anything like the 50th anniversary event, then prepare yourself for total Time Lord mania.” Visitors to the Festival will be able to explore an exciting array of backstage

areas including theatre shows involving key talent, Interactive Workshops and ‘the ultimate Doctor Who shopping village’ offering photo opportunities and a vast range of merchandise. Steven Moffat said he “can’t believe we’re going to give away our secrets. This

is the closest you could possibly get to finding out what happens on set and how this magical show is put together.” Doctor Who, which has been nominated for The Classic Licensed Property

category award in this year’s Licensing Awards, also features in the new LEGO Dimensions, an entertainment experience that merges physical brick building with interactive console gameplay. The show has also begun broadcasting in India for the first time this year.

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distinct Giving and Living sections. Giving incorporates Gifts Unlimited, Personal Accessories, Carat and Young & Trendy, while Living is divided into Interiors & Decoration, Seasonal Decoration and Loft. Over 1,200 exhibitors will participate in the event, which typically attracts over

34,000 trade visitors, including thousands from outside the German home market. At the 2014 show 37 percent of exhibitors came from 51 different countries.

Visitors to this year’s show can look forward to seeing thousands of new products from top brands and key industry suppliers, presenting both hot gifting and lifestyle ideas for Christmas and a sneak preview of Spring-Summer 2016 ranges. Running alongside the main event will be Ecostyle, a specialist exhibition for

sustainable and eco-friendly products, while food and lifestyle consumer event Eat & Lifestyle will be held on the eastern section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre, parallel to Tendence 2015. There is also a big events programme on site, a number of awards

presentations, business seminars and demonstrations on essential retail topics. The Webchance Academy, for example, will address any questions about websites and online shops in a series of expert presentations on August 29 and 30. At the Window Dressing Live presentations in Hall 9.2 B48, B51, retail expert,

Karin Wahl will once again present a host of valuable tips and ideas for successful window dressing and in-shop displays, with a special focus on Christmas displays. The demos will take place on the Saturday and Sunday at 11.00, 12.00 and 13.00, on Monday at 11.00, 13.00 and 16.00 and on Tuesday at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00. To register for your free ticket online visit:

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