Unilever, Virgin and Marks & Spencer Join the Debate on the Circular Economy at Resource, 4-6 March 2014

 Unilever, Virgin and Marks & Spencer Join the Debate on the Circular Economy
                         at Resource, 4-6 March 2014

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, November 4, 2013

LONDON, November 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Resource , the major conference-led trade show focussing on resource security
and the circular economy has announced major new speakers and event partners,
including some of Europe's largest retailers.

Taking place at London's ExCeL centre, 4 ^th - 6 ^th March, Resource is the
first and only major eventthat connects the whole supply chain to collaborate
on waste and resource issues and drive the growth of a circular economy in

Unilever, Virgin and Marks & Spencer are the latest organisations to confirm
involvement in the event's speaking programme. Those discussions will centre
on business transformation to reduce waste, increase reuse and ensure that
materials are not lost into the waste stream. Crucially, these firms will
share information on how they have collaborated successfully with supply chain
partners and the cost and materials savings made possible from closed loop

Through a series of discussions and case studies, Resource will champion
forward-thinking retail and innovation from organisations looking to reduce
the risks of resource security and embrace the circular economy. Other firms
joining the speaking programme include Zero Waste Scotland, think tank Chatham
House, The Green Alliance and Agency of Design.

The event has a growing list of forward-thinking supporters, including CIWEM
and The Institute for Sustainability, who join the list of event supporters
that already includes the Technology Strategy Board, RSA, Great Recovery
Project, Green Alliance, Carbon Trust and 2Degrees.

Senior executives from across design, retail, manufacturing, extraction &
resource recovery will come together to capitalise on the commercial
opportunities of recovering and preventing valuable resource from becoming
waste and promoting sustainable growth through a closed loop economy. 

Far from being a series of conceptual discussions, the event will showcase
real examples of the circular economy in practice, sharing early learnings
from pioneers of closed loop business. The event will also feature a series of
free-to-attend workshops that will allow attendees to evaluate waste - from
Design and manufacturing through to packaging and end of life.

The European economy is built on decades of resource intensive growth.
Research firm McKinsey calculated Europeans use 16 tons per person per year
and throw away six tons of that, and half of that waste is buried in the
ground as landfill: three tons per person every year. WRAP forecast that if we
continue to consume resources as now, by 2050, we will need three times the
material resources and 70% more food.

DEFRA ( Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ) claim that
improving resource efficiency is an £18bn per year opportunity. Mckinsey
predict that by 2030, 30% of the world's demand for resources could be met by
improving resource efficiency.

"The Circular Economy is not a new concept, but it represents a recognition
that the global supplies of important materials are finite, and in some cases,
under serious threat. Now is the time for major corporations and SMEs to take
steps to protect their businesses and adopt new models that will allow them to
embrace recycling, reuse, repair, whilst capitalising on the growing 'service
over ownership' model. There is widespread agreement that now is the time to
act and shift business models and minimise waste," said Resource Event
Director, Stephen Gee.

"Resource Event is driven by the belief that a resource-constrained world
demands new thinking and an urgency to act to insulate the supply chain
against volatility and the threat of uncertain supply. Those who don't act now
will suffer huge business risk of fluctuating materials costs and supply chain

A resource constrained future brings both threat and opportunity. The threat
is a scarcity and volatile cost of virgin material - the opportunity is to
move now and make the most of the way consumers are embracing companies that
act sustainably.

Resource - 4 ^th -6 ^th  March

"Waste" is now a valuable resource, both as a valuable supply of materials and
an energy source.

Every company has its own approach to resource security, recycling and supply
chain sustainability - learning and partnerships are crucial to progress
towards a resource-efficient/closed-loop economy.

We invite you to join us as at London's ExCeL on the 4 ^th -6 ^th of March and
become part of the circular economy.

Website - http://www.resource-event.com

Twitter - @resource_event

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Contact: For more information contact - Stephen Gee: Event Director, Resource,
stephen.gee@ubm.com, +44(0)207-921-8313 ; Ed Lawson: Content Director,
Resource, ed.lawson@ubm.com
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