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Sustainability at Autumn Fair

With cookshop and housewares retailers at the forefront of providing consumers with alternatives to single-use plastic, September’s Autumn Fair provides plenty of insights on sourcing more sustainable products.

The show will host talks and workshops from leaders in sustainability, including Jeremy Corner, chairman of The Giftware Association, managing director of Blue Eyed Sun and distributor of BambooCup, who will be speaking about how retailers can cut single-use plastics.

Top: Jeremy Corner (md of Blue Eyed Sun) with some examples of his BambooCups.
Top: Jeremy Corner (md of Blue Eyed Sun) with some examples of his BambooCups.

“Last month, I shot and edited and shared 31 videos about my Plastic Free July Challenge to raise awareness and experience how challenging it was,” Jeremy told, “and I will be sharing that with attendees in my talk Going Plastic Free: Where do you start and why?”

Other leading sustainability names at the show include James George, business engagement manager at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, who will be discussing the evolving nature of the circular economy and what true sustainability looks like, and David Meller, responsible sourcing director at NSF International, whose session ‘Plastic Isn’t The Problem’ will educate buyers on the bigger plastics picture.

A new international Sourcing zone is also being launched at Autumn Fair this year for retailers looking to benefit from markets outside of the UK.

Autumn Fair takes place at the NEC, Birmingham (September 1-4).



Top: Sustainability will be a major focus at this year’s Autumn Fair.

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