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Positive steps at Frieze Los Angeles 2023

Discover more about the steps we're taking to make our lounge at Frieze Los Angeles operate more sustainably.

Frieze Los Angeles has a new home this year, inviting new ideas for how to minimise the environmental impact of our events and generate a positive impact.

We are proud to work with suppliers who share our commitment to reducing waste and carbon emissions without sacrificing quality. And to help us measure and monitor our footprint from year to year, we partner with an organisation that provides carbon audits of our events and helps us to carbon offset what we can’t reduce further.


Learn more about the positive steps we’re taking at this year’s fair below.

Positive Step 1

Offsetting our emissions and protecting mangrove forests

While we strive to limit our carbon impact, some emissions are inevitable. To compensate for this, we’ve bought carbon credits through our partners First Climate to help fund the “Vida Manglar” project in Colombia. Its 11,000-hectare (27,000-acre) mangrove forest is a powerhouse for carbon storage, with more than 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide expected to be sequestered over its 30-year lifespan – roughly equivalent to taking 184,000 cars off the road for one year. In addition to the positive climate impact, the project activities also support sustainable economic development in communities in the project area and biodiversity conservation.

Positive Step 2

Furniture designed with the future in mind

Made in the California, our Medley sofas are covered with Camira’s revolutionary Oceanic fabric, which is created using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Consisting of 50% SEAQUAL yarn, made from marine plastic waste found in our ocean, and 50% plastics destined for landfill, this fabric is a recycled polyester with a positive future – its blend of comfort and durability means we can reuse it at future LA fairs.

Positive Step 4

Coffee tables that support carbon capture

Our stools and coffee tables are made by Sage Interiors, a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), using natural and sustainable materials that are reclaimed, FSC™-certified, or sustainably sourced. Sage Interiors has also planted over 80,000 trees which will capture around 19,400 tons of CO2 during their lifetime.

Positive Step 5

A fair lounge that’s fairer on the environment

We’ve put a lot of thought into our lounge, right down to each fair pass. Our lanyards are made from a mix of bamboo fibre and recycled PET. Even the clip is made from re-used metal. And because we want our lounge to look its best without waste, the graphics on our walls are PVC-free wherever possible. Plus, our carpeting is made from a high proportion of recycled polypropylene fibres, 50% of which will go on to be recycled and reborn as bags and clothing.

Positive Step 6

Reusable bottles that recover ocean plastic

Each 100% recyclable Deutsche Bank Ocean Bottle funds the collection of 25lbs (11.4kg) of plastic bound for the ocean. Combined, our order to date will support the collection of more than 160 US tons (>145,000kg) of ocean-bound plastic: the equivalent of more than a blue whale. By 2025, Ocean Bottle aims to collect the equivalent of seven billion plastic bottles, stopping them from ever entering our oceans.

Positive Step 7

Collecting bags full of ocean-bound plastic

Each Deutsche Bank x Parley bag is made from at least 30 intercepted plastic bottles and funds the removal of 10Ibs (4.5kg) of marine plastic waste through Parley's international clean-up network.

Positive Step 8

Responsible culture from cover to cover

LUX magazine treads lightly. This special issue has been printed on FSC™-certified paper made from a mix of post-consumer and responsibly grown virgin pulps.

Frieze Art Fairs | 2023

New York, May 17-21; Seoul, September 6-9, 2023; London, Oct 11-15, 2023

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