A Sustainable Fair

We know sustainability is increasingly important to our attendees and exhibitors, as well as to our industry as a whole.  Running our events gives us lots of opportunities to improve our impacts environmentally, socially and economically in our host cities.  We want to make our event more responsible and play a role in helping our industry improve its own sustainability through connecting people with the networks and knowledge they want to help solve the big challenges.

Our Three Aims

We believe a sustainable event focusses on three key aims:
  • Redesign fashion to strive for a more sustainable future
  • Actively encourage and endorse exhibitors to incorporate sustainable practices
  • Promote educational programmes or knowledge sharing to keep attendees abreast of the latest sustainable initiatives at APLF

How Can You Be More Sustainable?

Inspiring Sustainable Development

We want to help our industry through inspiring sustainable development.

  We focus on:

  • Using our content to support the sustainability of the leather and fashion industry
  • Inspiring our suppliers, exhibitors and other stakeholders to deliver a sustainable event
  • Developing industry relevant partnerships

Running an Environmentally Responsible Event

We also want to ensure we run our events in an increasingly environmentally responsible manner. 

  We focus on:

  • Reducing the printing materials per attendee
  • Printing materials on FSC or recycled paper
  • Replacing the printed exhibition directory with sampleroom
  • Designing visitor and exhibitor badges without the need for plastic badge holders
  • Switching to recycled and recyclable materials for signages, lanyards, bags and printed materials
  • Incorporating sustainability requirements into all of our tenders and contracts

Running a Socially Responsible Event

We want to consider how we run our events in a socially responsible manner.

  We focus on

  • Doing business safely and ethically
  • Considering wellbeing and accessibility
  • Creating a positive impact on our host cities
  • Measuring our impacts

Sustainability in APLF

APLF is part of Informa Markets and the Informa Group.  Sustainability at Informa focuses on the long term impacts we have on customers, colleagues, the communities we work in and the environment.  


Many of our stakeholders are clearly telling us that sustainability (social, economic and environmental) is something that is no longer a nice to have but a necessary part of any event.  We want to make sure we’re meeting those expectations and we believe that being sustainable is the right thing to do. 

We also recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with the industry to inspire sustainable developments.  This is an ongoing process for us and we’re looking for ideas of how we can improve.  


Informa and its events have received numerous awards and recognition including:


Contact and Share Your Story

Would you like to work with us on the sustainability of APLF? Would you like to share your own story and efforts?  Got an idea? Contact us at [email protected]

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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