By Paul Hickey
Last Saturday, April 16, the Eco Design Fair showed up at its new digs in the Waterhouse at Cool Docks on the South Bund. Since 2008, the fair has showcased eco-conscious designers and products. The participating stalls ranged from bakers to bikes, computers to clothes and featured everything in between. Throughout the day there were multiple events including live music performances, a farmers market as well as eco fashion shows and even a “green wedding” feature.
To participate in the fair, the businesses must fit certain “Eco Criteria”. These include energy efficiency, waste reduction, fair working conditions, CO2 reduction, environmentally friendly materials and biodiversity protection. However, each business need only meet 2 of these standards.
Needless to say then that a lot of the companies exhibited held the “two out of ten ain’t bad” mantra – causing the fair to feel overall like a church hall market than an eco-awareness activity… In fact, the environmental message seemed to get a little lost. There were, however, some stand-out stalls such as vegan bakery, The Freshary which managed to fill 7 criteria and Gigabase, a website showcasing eco-friendly building materials.
To keep up with all things “green”, keep an eye out for the Green Map which launches at the end of this month. It promises to be a comprehensive list of all things “eco” around Shanghai.