For the 15th time, the WeFair is bringing around 160 exhibitors from the fields of fashion, nutrition and lifestyle to the Design Center Linz from October 7th to 9th – including many who are there for the first time. As Austria’s largest sustainability fair, the WeFair is once again this year’s platform and stage for ideas and solutions on how a future worth living can be shaped in the face of the current crises.
From handmade ecological carpets to the latest trends in fair fashion and regional organic specialties: WeFair, previously known as WearFair, will once again bring the whole world of sustainability to the Design Center Linz from October 7th to 9th. Around 160 regional, national and international exhibitors will present the best ideas, products and services from the areas of fashion, nutrition and lifestyle in the 5,500 square meter, light-flooded hall. “This year there are a particularly large number of them who are on show in Linz for the first time,” says Managing Director Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer at the press conference for the presentation of this year’s WeFair.
The 15th edition of Austria’s largest sustainability fair will again be more than just a sales event this year, Pfoser-Almer promises: “In the supporting program on our stage, in discussions with the exhibitors or at the exhibition stands of inspiring initiatives and projects, everyone can Discover innovative ideas for the future, network with like-minded people and get involved in society.” In order to promote this exchange even more, all tickets are valid for the entire weekend of the trade fair this year: “Visitors can therefore use just one ticket to attend workshops on different days participate, explore all areas of the fair in peace and always enjoy the delicacies of the BioRegion Mühlviertel in the fair restaurant,” says Pfoser-Almer.
Kaineder: “Stage for future ideas”
Provincial Councilor Stefan Kaineder also emphasizes how important it is to exchange solutions at WeFair: “All the topics that have concerned us so intensively over the past three years have been discussed here at WeFair for years: from renewable energy to climate protection, from regional production to international supply chains, from organic farming to species protection.” He is therefore pleased to be there not only as a guest, but also as a patron of the fair again. “WeFair offers new ideas, pioneers and masterminds the stage to consider together how we can positively shape our future.”
These solutions not only work in theory, but also bring many practical advantages in the current situation, emphasizes Pfoser-Almer: Organic food is much less affected by price increases because no sprays or fertilizers are required for their production. Have increased fuel prices much less influence on regional products, and colourful, species-rich agriculture is more resilient to extreme weather events. “Our exhibitors show sustainable ways of how we deal with all the current and future crises,” says Pfoser-Almer.
Sensitizing youth to sustainability
This year, these ideas for a better tomorrow will not only be presented at the fair, but for the first time also at schools in Linz: free workshops and events will take place during the focus week “WeFair Goes to School” from October 3rd to 7th – i.e. right before the fair on different sustainability topics especially for school classes. “The workshops were fully booked within a few days,” reports Pfoser-Almer about the great interest. “But there are still a few places for the closing events with Fridays For Future and the influencer Jana Klar on the opening day of the WeFair.”
It is not only at WeFair Goes to School that young people are made aware of the issue of sustainability: in its projects, the human rights organization Südwind repeatedly relies on the commitment of young people who want to make a difference. Together with seven other child, youth and development policy organizations, Südwind, funded by Austrian Development Cooperation, is now launching the “REBELS OF CHANGE” initiative. This should – among other things with a big surprise at the WeFair – raise awareness of fair and sustainable development, especially among young people. “Instead of just highlighting the trouble spots, we want to show young people concrete perspectives,” says Lisa Aigelsperger, regional office manager of Südwind Oberösterreich. “A good life for everyone requires a broad commitment, constructive ideas and, above all, belief in a better world.”
For 15 years for a better tomorrow
This commitment to a future worth living was one of the main reasons for launching the WeFair 15 years ago, says Norbert Rainer, who was already on board at the first trade fair – at that time still under the name WearFair. “Since then, the WeFair has been a role model in many respects,” says Rainer. “There is hardly an event that operates in such a sustainable manner in all aspects, from travel to accessibility and the reusable exhibition stands to waste separation.”
This effort to achieve the highest standards is also reflected in the selection of the exhibitors: All applicants are subjected to a strict examination by experts from the three supporting organizations – ten to 20 percent do not meet the strict criteria, explains Agnes Zauner, Managing Director of GLOBAL 2000 “So visitors can be sure: Fairness and sustainability are the focus at WeFair.”
About the WeFair
Austria’s largest sustainability fair took place for the first time in 2008 under the name WearFair and over the years has developed into a 360-degree fair for all consumer areas. The WeFair, as it has been called since last year, is now taking place for the 15th time – this year again in the Design Center Linz. In spring, the WeFair will also dare to make the leap to Vienna: from April 14 to 16, 2023, the WeFair will celebrate its premiere in the Great Marx Hall in Vienna.
Behind the WeFair is the non-profit association “Wefair – association for the promotion of a fair and ecological lifestyle”, which is supported by the three NGOs Südwind, GLOBAL 2000 and the climate alliance. The fair is sponsored by the state of Upper Austria – Landesrat Stefan Kaineder, the city of Linz, Sonnentor and many other committed supporters. A complete list of sponsors and supporters can be found on the website www.wefair.at.
WeFair Linz 2022
The trade fair for sustainable cooperation Design Center Linz, Europaplatz 1, 4020 Linz
Friday, October 7th, 2022
Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Sunday, October 9th, 2022
Trade fair pass reduced
14:00 – 19:00 10:00 – 19:00 10:00 – 18:00
Free entry for children and young people up to the age of 15
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