Your complete guide to this year's Sustainability Show, including guest speakers, what's on, and more

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Marie Claire UK partners with The Sustainability Show

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If you're interested in sustainable living, then you'll be excited to hear that Marie Claire UK is the official media partner for this year's Sustainability Show, a two-day celebration this October featuring forward-thinking brands, sustainability thought-leaders, and campaigners for positive change.

As the UK’s first large-scale consumer sustainability event, The Sustainability Show promises to show attendees how to take positive steps in their own lives to create lasting change when it comes to the planet.

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Join Editor in Chief Andrea Thompson and Sustainability Editor Ally Head for their panels, where they'll be speaking to activists and change-makers from the sustainability scene to discuss how climate change is impacting the planet and its people and what you can do to make a difference.

Not only will Marie Claire UK be hosting two panels across the weekend, but we'll also be showcasing some of our amazing 2022 Marie Claire Sustainability Awards winners, too.

Other speakers include Ben Fogle, Liz Bonnin, Max La Manna, Melissa Hemsley, Bajo Beale, Lucy Siegle, Safia Minney, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones MBE (aka The Black Farmer), and Lisa Marley.

Alongside panel discussions from industry experts and celebrities alike, you'll get to enjoy upcycling workshops from The House of Upcycling, sustainable cooking demos, and more, plus browse products from over 100 eco-friendly exhibitors.

When is the Sustainability Show? 

Good question.

Hosted by Frontier Events, The Sustainability Show will be held at Islington Business Design Centre on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2022.

The Sustainability Show speakers

Who will be at The Sustainability Show? 

As above, stars spanning Ben Fogle, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Melissa Hemsley, and Liz Bonnin will be appearing across the weekend.

Alongside them, experts including Aleandro Brown, Douglas McMaster, Lisa Marley, Pauline Cox, Jarvis Smith, Jacob Thundil, David Farquhar, Klaus Mitchel, Sara Simmonds, and Ana Santi will also be sharing their expertise. For a full list of speakers, see the Sustainability Show website.

The talk agenda is as follows:

Saturday 15th October

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TimeSession typeTopic
10.00 - 10.15Talk & Q&AThe Journey to Sustainable Living: Becoming Conscious
with Sara Simmonds
10.15 - 10.55Keynote & PanelFashion Declares
with Safia Minney MBE, Bel Jacobs and Thao Vu
11.00 – 11.30Talk & Q&AInspired: Life Lessons from the Wilderness
with Ben Fogle
11.35 - 12.00Talk & Q&ABiophilic Design and its Importance to Health and Wellbeing in the Home
with Oliver Heath
12.00 - 12.45Talk & Q&AHow Climate Change is Impacting Women More Than Men
with Marie Claire UK
13.25 - 13.55Talk & Q&AMissing Link to Reach Net Zero
with Klaus Mitchel
14.00 - 14.25Talk & Q&ALocal Food Meets Secure Food
hosted by Intelligent Growth Solutions
14.30 – 15.00Talk & Q&AInspired: Life Lessons from the Wilderness
with Ben Fogle
15.10 - 15.25Talk & Q&APlanning a Sustainable Vacation: Choosing Green not Greenwashing
hosted by Hurtigruten
15.30 – 16.15Talk & Q&AThe Fight Against Plastic
with Lucy Siegle
16:20 - 17.00Talk & Q&ANutrition, Health & Sustainable Farming Practices
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Sunday 16th October

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10.30 - 11.15PanelHealth, Nutrition & Sustainability
with Pauline Cox, Dorothy Shaver and Jacob Thundil MBE
11.30 - 12.05Talk & Q&ADiversity in Farming
with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones
12.05 - 12.30Talk & Q&AEat Well & Feel Good
with Melissa Hemsley
12.35 - 13.00Talk & Q&AMy Green Pod - Lead Into Clean
with Jarvis Smith
13.05 - 13.45PanelHow Tech Can Save the Planet
hosted by ReLondon
14.00 - 14.25Talk & Q&ALocal Food Meets Secure Food
hosted by Intelligent Growth Solutions
14.30 – 15.00Talk & Q&AScience and Innovation to Power Sustainable Holidays
hosted by Hurtigruten
15.00 - 15.30Talk & Q&ATransforming the Way we Live for the 21st Century
with Liz Bonnin
15.45 – 16.30Talk & Q&AHow Sustainability Became Cool
hosted by Marie Claire
16:35 - 17.00Talk & Q&AUpcycle Workshop
hosted by House of Upcycle

What panels will Marie Claire UK be hosting?

How climate change is impacting women more than men

When? Saturday

Who? Andrea Thompson, Editor in Chief, Claire Barnett, Exec Director at UN Women, Pins Brown, Director of Human Rights at Natura & Co (owner of The Body Shop and Aesop), and Joycelyn Longdon, activist academic.

Sustainability is part of the DNA at Marie Claire UK. When the brand launched in 1988, it became the first women’s magazine to talk about the threat of climate change, and the link between global warming and wider human rights issues such as child marriage and girls’ education.

But despite the fact that in many countries women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis, they are consistently overlooked in key policy-making discussions. Which is incredible when you consider how crucial women like Greta Thunberg and the UK’s own Mya-Rose Craig have been in driving change at a grassroots level.

This session will be unpicking some of these issues today with a brilliant panel of female change-makers and sustainability experts. They’ll be discussing how we make things more inclusive and where on earth we go from here when it comes to tackling the crisis.

How sustainability became cool - the shifting narrative around pre-loved, secondhand and reusing

When? Sunday

Who? Ally Head, Sustainability Editor, Lucy Peacock, Head of pre-loved at eBay, Esthita Kabra-Davies, founder of ByRotation, and Hannah Reiss, Marketing & Communications Manager at B Lab UK.

eBay was the headline sponsor of the popular reality TV show Love Island this year, firmly placing secondhand fashion on the map. Shows like The Great British Sewing Bee are redefining upcycling, and you'll all have seen Planet Earth. The narrative around sustainability has shifted in the last twelve months, and buying secondhand, investing in pre-loved and renting is only becoming more and more mainstream.

Shopping more sustainably is en vogue - it's having a cultural moment, and brands are having to prioritise products that are genuinely ethically produced to match consumer demand.

Gen Z and millennials are rejecting fast fashion, furniture and practices in favour of a more slow-paced, sustainable way of life - but why is the appetite shifting now? What changed? And how has sustainability infiltrated all of the brands you didn't think it would? Most importantly, how do we cement sustainability as a mainstay, rather than a 2022 trend? Join Ally and her panel of change-makers as they discuss all this and more.

What brands will I be able to discover?

Like the sound of being able to discover eco-friendly products from over 100 exhibitors? Us too.

In the Marketplace area (just next to the main stage, FYI), we're showcasing eighteen of the winners of our 2022 Sustainability Awards, including Amaranté London, The Uncommon, Pala Eyewear, Mashu and more.

Plus elsewhere at the show, brands to watch include Floral Street, Intelligent Growth Solutions, and DEPLOY London - a little more about them below.

Floral Street

Floral Street is an independent, clean, British fine fragrance brand with sustainability at its heart from inception who, fun fact, won Best Sustainable Fragrance Brand at our 2022 awards. Founded in November 2017 by global beauty pioneer Michelle Feeney, they've modernised traditional floral scents with their mood-boosting vegan and cruelty-free perfumes and home fragrances.

Crafted by a master perfumer using responsible ingredients traceable to source, the award-winning collections are both beautiful and sustainable.

Conscious of the whole responsible lifecycle, head to their stall at the show to try their perfume, packaged in reusable or refillable vessels and recyclable FSC-certified paperboard sourced from responsibly managed forests. Their eco-hero, biodegradable pulp fragrance box is made with 20% upcycled coffee cups giving new life to previously unrecyclable waste. With approximately one used cup in every 50ml box they have upcycled around 350,000 to date.


DEPLOY is a pioneering British sustainable fashion brand, founded in 2006 as a blueprint for more responsible and ethical fashion industry. Designing with the utmost care and zero waste, their mission is to make a difference, one garment at a time.

Blending artistry with precision, rigour, and unrivaled craftsmanship, they design beautiful, versatile and timelessly stylish pieces to better serve both you, the client, and the planet, too.

Sustainable by design, DEPLOY is a certified B Corp with an exceptionally high score of 150 (exceeding the qualifying) 80 standard. Head to their stall to find out how, as a European Climate Pact Ambassador, DEPLOY actively contributes toward 12 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and learn more about products.

Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS)

Join agritech innovator, Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS), to learn about the role technology will play in ensuring we have reliable supplies of high-quality, tasty and nutritious food grown locally and sustainably.

Step inside the world of vertical farming by taking a virtual reality tour, find out how companies like IGS are partnering with traditional farmers to find a greener path forwards for food production, and discover more about how robots are helping farms to become more efficient.

You’ll have the chance to interact with a scale model of IGS’ Growth Towers, try your hand at vertical farming through our interactive game, and even take away a plant to grow yourself at home.

Fancy an exclusive discount code? 

Well, you're in the right place. Marie Claire UK readers get to enjoy 50% off full-price tickets to The Sustainability Show with code TSSG50.

Tickets that would normally be £12 will be £6 with our code (kids go free).

Ally Head
Senior Health, Sustainability and Relationships Editor

Ally Head is Marie Claire UK's Senior Health, Sustainability, and Relationships Editor, nine-time marathoner, and Boston Qualifying runner. Day-to-day, she works across site strategy, features, and e-commerce, reporting on the latest health updates, writing the must-read health and wellness content, and rounding up the genuinely sustainable and squat-proof gym leggings worth *adding to basket*. She's won a BSME for her sustainability work, regularly hosts panels and presents for events like the Sustainability Awards, and saw nine million total impressions on the January 2023 Wellness Issue she oversaw. Follow Ally on Instagram for more or get in touch.