Our sustainability award

For several years, Formex has raised issues around sustainability, including in our talk programs, and we know that these are issues that deeply engage many of your exhibitors. It is our wish that Formex should be a platform where you can share and learn from the best examples in the industry. We believe getting recognition for efforts made is important and to be encouraged to take further steps. We often get questions about what activities or areas we have where sustainability issues are raised. Therefore, we are very happy about this competition and award. The Sustainability Award was launched at Formex in January 2023. The next award will take place in January 2024.

Formex Sustainability Award
Formex Sustainability Award is a competition, where exhibiting companies or designers compete to win the Formex Sustainability Award. Those nominated by the jury are marketed via Formex channels including press and PR and in an exhibition at Formex. The winner will receive, in addition to the honor, a unique figurine designed by Marie-Louise Hellgren, and 10 sqm of free space including start fee at the next Formex fair.

The jury consists of:
Marie-Louise Hellgren, designer
Emma Olbers, designer
Maria Soxbo, journalist
Björn Florman, founder of Materialbiblioteket
Kajsa Falck Torlegård, Formex

How do I participate?
Exhibitors at Formex during the most recent implementation submit their application themselves. We welcome all initiatives, big or small, old or new.

Apply now!

You who are an exhibiting company or design during the fair in August 2023 have the opportunity to apply for the Sustainability Award. The application is open until October 13 and the winner will be presented during the Formex fair in January 2024 »

Winner of the Sustainability Award

With the justification "A neat way to encourage recycling and create atmosphere in our homes without the aftertaste of either fossil industry, animal waste products or rainforest destruction" Remoair with its refills for scented candles, became the winner of the first Sustainability Award 2023! Check out their products here »


Baoobaoo Leather Production AB

Bags - A good example of social sustainability and circularity coming together to create an even greater whole. Reusing discarded materials reduces waste and makes the new product more durable, and transferring the use of the cover fabric from a fossil-fuel vehicle to a human being is an added bonus.

Bark Sweden

Cell phone shell - A practical everyday product in a beautiful design, which utilizes natural resources that would otherwise have gone to waste, while protecting a product with a heavy climate impact. Traceable, resource-efficient and well thought-out—and a reason for the digitized human being to handle natural materials every day.

Eco Grow Skåne AB

Seeds - Beautifully packaged gardening happiness that fills a hole in the market—KRAV eco-labeled seeds don’t grow on trees! Horticulture creates value for many people, promotes biodiversity and will be an important piece of the puzzle going forwards, as our Nordic climate changes.


Throws/shawls - It’s no coincidence that woolen blankets have been a natural feature in Swedish homes for generations. A practical and beautiful renewable material, a textile craftsmanship that stands the test of time, and locally sourced materials and locally based production. The contribution to biodiversity is an added bonus.

Iris Hantverk

Brushes - With roots in a brush-binding factory dating back to the 1800s, this lovely, handmade everyday object has survived into modern times and is facing a bright future. Local craftsmanship, natural materials and social sustainability come together in timeless designs that are easy on the eye.


Vases - At a time when exotic, short-lived cut flowers are flown into Sweden to fill our desire for flair, a vase intended for dried infinity flowers feels norms shifting and intriguing. The material is natural and partly recycled, and really comes into its own in these handmade products.

Movesgood (Lean Retail AB)

Basic garments - Finding an alternative route in the textile industry—one of the world’s most polluting, resource-intensive and environmentally damaging industries—is a challenge. But here non-toxic processes and renewable materials have been combined with a design philosophy beyond fleeting trend cycles.


Scented candle refill - With a simple and smart product, the scented candle market has finally been given a refill solution that works. An attractive way to encourage reuse and create an atmosphere in our homes without the reek of the fossil-fuel industry, animal by-products or rainforest deforestation.

Smart Form Sweden

Mood light - A mood booster based on an innovative raw material that makes an interesting alternative to fossil paraffin and animal stearin. Small-scale, local manufacturing minimizes waste and overproduction, without compromising on quality or functionality.