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3-6 SEPTEMBER 2023

What is Power of One?

Power of One is about taking steps to change the world, no matter how large or small. Whether it’s making sustainable changes at our show or using our influence to help retailers and suppliers to make their own, we’re empowering change. 

Our Sustainability Trail is a huge part of Power of One, putting the spotlight on Fairtrade and environmentally friendly brands and allowing visitors to easily find them through our sustainable filter on our exhibitor list. We’re also working hard to raise money for the Retail Trust charity, to help provide free and confidential health and wellbeing support to our independent retailers.  

Conscious decisions are the future of retail. Power of One is here to shape that future, so we’ve committed to making three pledges for 2022.  


Products of change is our headline sponsor for Power of One.


Pass It On


#PassItOn has the circular economy at its heart. By giving customers more power to reuse, repair and recycle their best-loved items, retailers can do more to protect the planet. #PassItOn gives products a second lease of life, reducing the impact on finite resources and encouraging customers to seek sustainable alternatives.

Do you need it


#DoYouNeedIt showcases the power that small steps have to make a huge change. With up to 94% of all paper receipts binned, the retail industry must do more to combat overproduction. #DoYouNeedIt encourages retailers to offer their customers options such as email receipts, reducing our reliance on paper and plastic.

Checking In


Retail workers are the beating heart of our industry, which is why we’re #CheckingIn. Our pledge asks staff the questions that matter, from time off to a healthy work/life balance. As we recover from the pandemic, there has never been a more pertinent time to prioritise mental health in retail. 


Products of Change are offering all Autumn Fair attendees and exhibitors a 10% discount on memberships allowing you access to a full library of sustainable learning, with educational resources, webinars, a magazine and a twice-weekly newsletter. Bringing members together to drive sustainable change across consumer product markets and beyond.


Product of Change's Mike Swain and James George offered onsite 121 meetings around packaging and circular economy at Autumn Fair

Mike Swain

Mike Swain


Packaging Expert

A seasoned packaging professional, technical expert and team leader with a track record of delivering profitable, innovative, award winning and patent pending new products to market.

Mike is Ambassador of Packaging at Products of Change, Fellow of The Packaging Society (IOM3) and Senior Advisor to the UK Packaging Council as well as Starpack Judging Committee, Mike is also Founder of Pack IDS, an innovative packaging solutions consultancy.  

Mike and his team excel in defining strategies for future growth, bridging the gap between creative ideas and operational needs, applying design and technical skills to realise new concepts and inspiring commitment to get things done first time, at pace.

James George

James George


Circular Economy Expert

Past Experience - Network Development Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

I would like to think that I have a professional journey that could be described at best as unusual, and in reality, more eclectic. Following the 12 years on the world stage in the Royal Navy, as a Mine Clearance Diving Officer (MCDO), I was then lucky enough to join the Ellen Macarthur Foundation; a global thought leader in circular economy. During my 3 ½ (amazing) years there, I spent most of my time with the corporate community, discussing their aspirations and helping them to understand how they turn their circular economic journey into a reality.

As the world continues to grapple to create both impact and growth, I work with leading brands and anyone who will listen, on how they can start that journey.

I spend most of my time speaking to people and telling them stories. I try to help organisations not only to find their “why”, be that economic, social, or environmental, but more importantly help them take the first steps to create systems that are both purposeful but also profitable.

The evolution of this journey has now led me to Pyxera Global. Having worked with the team for a couple of years, it was a natural step to broaden my economic focus to include the key elements of social and environmental justice.

As an advisor to the CEO and executive team, I am very fortunate to be both close to the strategic thinking but also be able to roll up my sleeves with the wider Pyxera Global tribe.

Power of One brands / exhibitors: 
Find ethical and environmentally friendly brands 

Looking for a brand that is conscious of their environmental impact and employee’s wellbeing? Look no further. The Autumn Fair Sustainability Trail highlights the brands and suppliers striving to do their part to ensure a more sustainable and ethical future for all. 

Use the sustainable filter on our exhibitor list to find these brands. All sustainable exhibitors are identified by a green leaf icon next to their name, whether this is online, in the Little Black Book, Show Guide or the You Are Here boards onsite. Click on an exhibitor’s profile to view their full list of sustainable actions through the icons displayed under the sustainability tab. They may include any of the following: 

Sustainability green lead icon logo

Sustainability Environment Logo

Environment Icon: Act in the interests of protecting the natural world. 

Sustainability Ethical Logo

Ethical Icon: Demonstrate respect for its employees and uphold a system of moral principles. 

Sustainability Materials Logo

Material Icon: Use sustainable and biodegradable materials as much as possible.

Sustainability Packaging Logo

Packaging Icon: Use reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging which results in improved sustainability.

Sustainable exhibitors

Sustainable exhibitors


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We’ve made it easy for everyone to contribute towards Power of One onsite by making small changes.  

Recycle your badge: At all entrances you will find recycling bins where you can recycle your visitor badge and also vote for a Power of One pledge you would like to make for 2022 and beyond. 

Refill and stay hydrated on the go: Keep on the lookout for our Refillable Water Stations located around the show, so you can refill your water bottles on the go reducing the amount of plastic bought. 

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Anchor for Home sector

Products of Change is a global educational hub driving sustainable change across consumer product markets and beyond. They are a living library of sustainable learnings formed with education and educating to inform change at the heart of there operations. Products of Change is a movement, bringing members together through webinars, on-the-go learning and podcasts, as well as educational resources, a twice-weekly Products of Change e-newsletter, and a newly launched magazine. Products of Change brings together a strong community of brand owners, retailers, content creators, innovators, manufacturing partners and marketing experts who by learning and connecting through the platform can drive sustainable change within their respective businesses while maintaining a commercial footing.

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Event Guides are fully committed to seeking sustainable alternatives in all aspects of its operations. They source all paper for printed material from suppliers registered with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) to guarantee participation in the responsible management of the world’s forests.

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The NEC focuses on three main pillars: Energy, Waste and Food Miles. Priding themselves on being a zero to land fill venue with an average recycle rate of 80%. Any non-recyclable waste is used to generate electricity for local homes and businesses through Birmingham City Council’s Waste to Energy scheme.

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