Sustainability programme at ISPO Munich 2023

The exhibition highlight of the year is nearly here. Find out what awaits on the sustainability scene at ISPO Munich 2023.

In end of november, the outdoor industry in Europe gathers for what has become the major sustainability get together of the year: ISPO Munich.

“At ISPO Munich 2023, we have worked on different concepts and are happy to announce two new areas: The Material Lab and the Circular Experience,” says Alexandra Denker, Category Manager Sustainability & Snowsports at ISPO Munich.

The Material Lab, she explains, is an exhibition about innovative, bio-based, and circular materials. Here, producers have the opportunity to show the life cycle and steps of their material development. The Circular Experience, meanwhile, puts the spotlight on mycelium, the basic structure of various fungi, as a raw material. “As in the previous years, the Sustainability Hub, in partnership with Vaude, will provide expert panels, discussions, guided tours, and exhibiting companies – all revolving around the topic sustainability.

ISPO’s sustainability program

Once again, ISPO’s own sustainability program will be presented largely at the designated “Green Stage,” located in the Sustainability Hub in Hall A1. This year, questions that will be wrestled with include “How do we design for a circular future using natural materials?” and “How do we close the loop?” To round off a visit to ISPO Munich 2023, it is worth taking a look at the Future Lab in hall B1. Here, attendees can explore six themed hubs for innovation and change in the sports industry.

Educator and networking

A look at the schedule shows that yet another packed sustainability program awaits. According to Katy Stevens with European Outdoor Group, this is a clear continuation and affirmation of the show’s role in facilitating education and collaboration: “The way in which the industry works together is changing, and so it makes sense to capitalize on that assembling of the industry by providing education and collaborative opportunities. In the future, I see shows such as ISPO as being so much more than a place to simply make and take orders, and instead as hubs to discuss the bigger themes and find ways to move forward on these topics.”


Photo: Anna Rodewald from Greenroom Voice hosts the daily Transparency Tour (Messe Munchen).


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