One Of A Kind

March 27-31, 2024
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Toronto

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What Sustainability Means At One Of A Kind

Our Pledge to move FasterForward

As a part of Informa, One Of A Kind will be aligning our efforts to contribute to our company’s commitment in building a sustainable business. Through the FasterForward program, our aim is to become a positive impact business by embedding sustainability into everything we do, and seizing opportunities to help our customers and communities to do the same. Some of our key ambitions include becoming zero waste and net zero carbon by 2030 and developing brand initiatives to promote the achievements of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Read on for more information on what we are doing to inspire sustainable developments and to run both environmentally and socially responsible events at One Of A Kind. To learn more about Informa’s FasterForward commitments, click here.

The Impacts We Want to Make

In order to take meaningful steps to drive impact environmentally, socially and economically, One Of A Kind is a proud supporter of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. We seek to focus on initiatives that will allow us to contribute positively on the following SDGs: good health and wellbeing (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), reduce inequalities (SDG 10), climate action (SDG 13), and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12).

To learn more about the UN’s 17 interconnected ambitions to address the most significant challenges and knowledge gaps in the world today, please click here.

How Will We Do This & What We Have Achieved So Far

We believe the most significant contributions we can make in driving positive change is to focus on our operations, our content, and our communities.

As a part of Informa, One Of A Kind is one of many events produced by the world’s largest exhibition company. Our approach to sustainability is guided by the following three objectives:

Aim #1: Inspiring Sustainable Development

What this means: We need to ensure we are evolving how we do business so we can make a positive impact socially, economically, and environmentally. Through our efforts, we also want to inspire everyone involved—our staff, visitors, exhibitors, and partners to move the dial forward.

What OOAK is doing:

Aim #2: Running an Environmentally Responsible Event

What this means: We strive not only to produce best in class events, but also ones that work actively on reducing our carbon footprint through energy efficiency. We are also conscientious about the choices we make when it comes to energy use, waste reduction and procurement.

What OOAK is doing: 

Aim #3: Running a Socially Responsible Event

What this means: For One Of A Kind, a positive show experience needs to consider the welfare of all of our stakeholders. Our efforts need to enhance inclusivity, equality, and accessibility.

What OOAK is doing: 

A Shared Responsibility

As the flagship event supporting craft and its makers, One Of A Kind believes in championing creativity through craft. Through our brand, we also want to be championing sustainability within our business and with the community we serve.

Our commitment to sustainability will be ongoing. And while we continue to learn, grow and accelerate change, we want to invite everyone to join us on this journey, so we can work together to reimagine a brighter future.

Looking for ways to help? Here are 3 simple tips for our visitors, exhibitors and sponsors and partners to consider when you are visiting, exhibiting or showcasing your brand at One Of A Kind:

For Visitors

  • Continue to shop local: When you choose to support local businesses, the money you spent is also recirculated, improving infrastructures, creating more job opportunities, and enriching your communities!
  • Opt for the better choice: Reduce waste at the show by bringing your own reusable shopping bags and water bottles. We also encourage everyone to take public transportation when possible.
  • Go paperless: If you can avoid it, do not print your ticket to the Show. Simply show us the QR code on your phone or mobile wallet and we can scan you into the event.

Exhibitors

  • Reuse and recycle: Build your booth using sustainable and long-lasting materials that can be reused and repurposed for different events. If you need to upgrade to something different, be sure to join our exhibitor Facebook Group where you can sell your structures and extend their life cycles.
  • Communicate our efforts: Are you giving a portion of your proceeds to a local charity? Are you minimizing the use of plastic in your production? Share what you are doing with the One Of A Kind Show, as well as our show visitors so that your efforts can be amplified! As vendors of One Of A Kind, it is also important for you to understand our commitments as an event, and help us spread the word on what we are doing to drive positive impact environmentally, socially and economically.

Sponsors & Partners

  • Let’s Work Together: We are always looking for collaborators so we can create a more sustainable and equitable event. Got a great idea? Reach out and let’s chat!
  • At the 2022 Winter and 2023 Spring Shows, we are proud to work with Resuit —a fit based, peer to peer clothing sharing app where you can buy, rent or sell your own wardrobe.
  • Offset Carbon Emission: Ask us about the sustainable sponsorship opportunity where we will purchase renewable energy on behalf of your brand to support projects around the world that have been certified as reducing or avoiding greenhouse gases being emitted. At our 2021 Winter Show, a portion of Volvo's activation fee was used for this purpose.
  • Reduce Waste: Encourage less printing of marketing material and provide information digitally when possible.
  • One Of A Kind Sustainability Awards: In partnership with Rootree , we introduced our inaugural Sustainability Awards at the 2022 Winter Show. Congratulations to Mimi Island Designs (Winner of the Environmental Impact Award), Brooks Pepperfire Foods (Winner of the Social Impact Award) and Taste of the Okanagan (Winner of the Community Impact Award) for doing their parts to promote sustainability within their businesses.