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Eco Design Fair features fashion, green lifestyle

ACHIEVING an environmentally sustainable lifestyle in Shanghai with a wealth of green-friendly information is the aim of the Eco Design Fair this weekend.

A record 80 exhibitors, both companies and designers, will display the latest products designed on environmentally sustainable principles at the Jiashan Market on Shaanxi Road S.

Admission is free and visitors will be able to network and exchange ideas.

It will feature keynote speakers and numerous activities, including eco-fashion shows, interactive workshops and a kid's corner.

Eco Design Fair Founder Sherry Poon says the fair has grown substantially since its inception in 2008.

"We are pleased that a larger proportion of exhibitors are Chinese designers or Chinese-owned and operated businesses," she says.

New to this year's event will be a fashion show on Saturday at 11:30am featuring Chinese eco-designers and brands that inspire urban cyclists to bike in style.

On Saturday at 5:30pm students from the Raffles Design Institute will present their work on environmentally friendly "Urban Chic" fashion.

For keen cyclists, the fair will also partner with Good to Shanghai to hold a Coolqi Bike Ride on Sunday afternoon that will highlight eco-friendly transport options in Shanghai.

Workshops will provide participants with hands-on information and skills to integrate sustainable living practices into their everyday lives.

Topics will include eco-cities and recycling and green business initiatives. Speakers will include Adam Minter from Shanghai Scrap, Lynne King from Sage Vision and Professor Tao Kanghua from the Shanghai College Green Volunteer Group.

The fair itself will work hard to meet its own low-carbon goals, says Poon.

"We are providing recycling stations, bike valet parking, and offering energy credits to a wind power project in Fujian Province," she says.

Visitors are encouraged to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill by properly disposing of waste products, carrying their own shopping bags, taking their own cups, plates and cutlery and using recycling, and composting containers.

The fair will collaborate with the Green Drinks and GIGA Talks to hold two lead-up events at the BAU International Lounge on Fuxing Road M.

Net proceeds from the fair will benefit Roots & Shoots Shanghai and its Million Tree Project in Kunlun Qi prefecture in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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