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DS Smith is lead partner for 2015 Resource event

For the second year running we’re proud to be lead sponsors of Resource 2015, the largest free-to-attend circular economy event in the UK at London’s Excel Arena from 3rd – 5th March.

The exhibition brings together 11,000 professionals from businesses large and small to connect, learn and explore the opportunities offered by the circular economy.

This year DS Smith will demonstrate the pivotal role packaging plays in enabling the circular economy and promote the simplicity, practicality and benefit of The Power of Less. By presenting how packaging can deliver less cost, less waste, less complexity, more sales and managed risk we will show where the way to circular becomes clear.

Pick up your exclusive report on “The Power of Less”

As part of our involvement at this year’s event  we have created an exclusive report in partnership with leading industry journalists which explores the vital role that packaging has to play in the circular economy.

We will be launching ‘The Power of Less’ report at our Resource stand on 3rd March and visitors will be able to pick up a copy and read about real life examples of the benefit of the supply cycle model.  

In 2015 Resource will double in size, offering a complete opportunity for businesses to plan and progress circular economy steps. The show hosts the very best advice and thought leadership through a two theatre conference programme, 24 workshops, networking and stand spaces for interaction with the companies who can help bring ideas to reality.

Last year DS Smith was very well represented at Resource and this year is no exception:

DS Smith Workshop

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015: 14.00-15.00 

Designing packaging to be a true enabler in the circular economy

Our workshop will focus on the key elements of packaging’s journey throughout supply chains and why taking steps towards a supply cycle is crucial for 2015.

Packaging can not only contribute to supply chain efficiencies but also be wholly compatible with the circular economy. By applying supply cycle principles to packaging, where linear supply chain models are replaced with circular processes, and through carefully considered design and an understanding of the full lifecycle, packaging can deliver business benefits including less costs, less waste, more sales and managed risk.

The workshop will be chaired by journalist Jim McClelland MA of McClelland Media Ltd and also feature a panel of experts including Tom Campbell-White MCIWM - Commercial Manager, DS Smith, Recycling Division and Dr. Adam Read PHD, FRGS, FCIWM - Practice Director, Ricardo AEA.

The session will start with a brief introduction on each element by an expert panel member highlighting the particular challenges and issues each brings. This will be followed by a discussion at four tables representing each of the four elements in the packaging supply cycle on finding solutions to different challenges.

The workshop will end with a representative from each table feeding back a summary of the key points to the whole workshop.

DS Smith Guest Speakers

  • Tuesday, 3rd March: 16.15 to 16.45 - Tom Campbell-White – Commercial Manager – DS Smith Recycling Division

Where waste becomes opportunity: The journey to circular becomes clear through transparent waste hierarchy management.

Tom Campbell-White

Tom Campbell-White

As Commercial Manager, Tom is responsible for developing new business opportunities for recycling and waste management on a national basis.  He is full member of CIWM and has worked at DS Smith for three years.

  • Thursday, 5th March 14.00 – 14.30 - Greg Lawson – Managing Director – The Less Packaging Company Limited (a part of DS Smith plc)

The Power of Less: Pre-cycling and the true impact of packaging. The role of sustainable packaging as a strategic driver and supply chain enabler.

Greg Lawson

Greg Lawson

Greg has worked in the packaging and retail sectors for over 20 years. In 2009, Greg founded The Less Packaging Company driven to make a difference to the packaging industry. Since then he has become a leading innovator within the global packaging market developing consultancies in Europe, Asia, the Indian Sub-continent and North America.