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Ethical Style

The future is sustainable

More and more consumers want to know how products are made. What materials were used? Does the production method meet social and ethical standards? As a result of this rethinking, the subject of sustainability is also becoming increasingly important for many companies. Ambiente has been picking up on this megatrend for years and, with "Ethical Style by Ambiente", is a central international trading centre for sustainably produced consumer goods.

Special Interest: Ethical Style by Ambiente

Ethical Style Guide Logo

Ethical Style by Ambiente is a programme for exhibitors who offer ecologically produced and socially responsible products. Companies that are accepted into this programme on the basis of their application will receive a corresponding label on their stands at Ambiente 2023 and in their exhibitor profile in the online exhibitor search. This will make it even easier for trade fair visitors with a focus on sustainable products to find exhibitors relevant to them and to enter into discussions in a more targeted manner.

The application deadline for Ethical Style 2023 has ended.

New at Ambiente 2023 are the Ethical Style Spots – two special presentations that will impressively show how exhibiting companies integrate the theme of sustainability into their product range. Within the framework of several theme islands based on the Ethical Style categories, both exhibitors and visitors will receive valuable inspiration for the point of sale. At the same time, they will be encouraged to create a knowledge transfer and open up new business contacts for visitors.

  • Ethical Style Spot Dining: Galleria 0 (centre)
  • Ethical Style Spot Living/Giving: Foyer Hall 3.1 (Via Mobile)

Environmentally friendly materials
Products made from environmentally friendly materials such as renewable raw materials with low environmental impact throughout their life cycle or organically certified products.

Resource-friendly manufacturing
Efficient, resource-friendly production processes e.g. in the energy, water or waste sectors.

Fair & socially responsible production
Products that are manufactured in social facilities and/or under socially responsible conditions and/or fair trade conditions and that promote social and/or cultural development in the producer countries.

Re/Upcycling Design
Products whose raw materials are designed for recycling or that are processed into new products from used or no longer usable waste materials.

Handmade Manufacturing
Products that are handmade and that maintain and promote craft skills.

Sustainable Innovation
Products that through their innovative nature (process, material, solution) help to conserve resources, e.g. quantity of raw materials, waste, energy and water.

  • Christina Bocher, DEKRA Assurance Services GmbH
  • Kees Bronk, CBI, Center for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries
  • Lutz Dietzold, German Design Council
  • Max Gilgenmann, expert in textile sustainability criteria
  • Sabine Meyer, -side-by-side-, Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten
  • Mimi Sewalski,

"Each of our consumer goods fairs has its own focus on sustainability. Ethical Style helps to make these more visible. Where, if not at trade fairs, can so many companies present their sustainable products to an international audience at the same time?"

Dorothe Klein

Online Event "Sustainability meets Design“

Online Event "Sustainability meets Design“

You couldn't be there live on 31 August 2022? Here is the recording.

Three renowned experts spoke at the online event "Sustainability meets Design" about circular design, sustainable materials and how sustainability and design fit together.

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Companies setting a sustainable example.

How well do business and environmental awareness go together? Examples of successful practice are showcased by six selected companies that combine entrepreneurial and ecological aspects by producing artisan products, recycled items, traditionally manufactured goods or by working in a socially responsible manner. They show that sustainability is a compelling sales argument.

beeswax food wraps from Bee’s Wrap


The beeswax food wraps from Bee’s Wrap are an example of sustainability in its most attractive form: A functional product for the environmentally aware household, made from organic-certified materials. Bee’s Wrap also supports bee projects in schools. This shows how a sustainable product idea can effectively contribute to changes in consumer awareness.

Products by Allpa


There is no social business without business. Allpa has been demonstrating since 1986 that fair trade, story doing and brand building are not contradictory and can be highly successful in combination.

Glasses by the Dutch brand Van Verre


Dutch brand Van Verre believes that a better world starts when you realise that every human being is original and that every meeting makes you richer. Their home accessories talk of original materials, techniques and trade routes – bringing you closer to those makers ‘Far Away’.

Textiles from the manufacturer Hamamaniac


The founders and creators at Hamamaniac inspire with their passion for traditional textile handicraft and its contemporary interpretation. The responsible handling of the value chain as an integral aesthetic and qualitative component of the products is particularly compelling.

World Fair Trade Organization

Logo World Fair Trade Organization

Gifts, fashion items, household goods and more – the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) will be at Ambiente, demonstrating its promotion of fair trade through alternative business models. The global community has over 400 members in 70 countries, including artisans, farmers, social projects and innovators.

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Ambiente in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable development goals

Ambiente has been addressing the subject of sustainability for years and, with its Special Interest "Ethical Style", is the international trading centre for sustainably produced consumer goods. In addition, the trade fair aligns its activities to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and is gradually expanding its own initiatives in this area.

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