DS Smith as lead partner for 2014 Resource event

DS Smith is the main sponsor of this year’s Resource event hosted at London’s ExCel Arena from the 4th- 6th March.

In a bid to promote practical measures that the entire supply chain can adopt as part of a circular economy, DS Smith have partnered with the organisers of Resource to host a workshop programme comprising 12 sessions over three days.

At the event, we will be lobbying the waste, recycling and packaging industries to show attendees how the Supply Cycle is free from the limitations of the Supply Chain, where materials are used once and disposed of at the end of their lifetime.

We will demonstrate that instead of putting materials through a Supply Chain, we reduce waste, cost and environmental impact by putting materials through a repeated cycle of use.

By bringing our packaging, paper, plastic and recycling operations together, we can see the bigger picture. Through the key building blocks of Product Design, Business Models, Reverse Networks and Enabling Conditions, we are able to ensure our own business, and those of our customers', can capitalise on the twin commercial and environmental opportunities of a circular economy.

Come and visit us at stand number R3010 and join us in the following programme contributions:

  • The Big Debate: What does the circular economy mean for retail and manufacturing?

Mark Greenwood our Sustainability Director, will represent DS Smith on a debate panel alongside Coca Cola Enterprises, the British Retail Consortium, Returnity Partners and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

  • Panel Debate: Discussing waste reduction, resource reuse and creating positive change in the supply chain

Tom Campbell-White the Commercial Manager of our recycling division will represent DS Smith on a debate panel alongside Procter & Gamble, eBay Inc, Kingfisher and Marks & Spencer.

  • DS Smith Supply Cycle Think Tank workshop

The panel will address the four building blocks of a circular economy, highlighting the vision it has for 2025 and beyond within a circular economy. Following the presentation, the audience will break into four groups, each discussing one of the four building blocks. A chosen representative will then recap the group’s main discussion points to the rest of the audience.

  • Keynote speech: The Power of Less: Opportunities in Retail Packaging design for the future. 

Wim Wouters the Design Director of our packaging division will debate how we can drive more efficiency while reducing the overall use of packaging.

  • Keynote address: How government and legislators can foster a profitable circular economy

Tim Price the Marketing Director of our recycling division will introduce Walter Stahel of Product Life Institute on his keynote address and facilitate questions.