Since 2012, we have tackled some big problems involving waste in the production and broadcast industry. 

Our Mission

Our organisation was borne through the principle of recycling. We operated in the creative industry for a number of years before starting Dresd, where we worked with colleges and art departments to encourage the reuse of materials. We set up private workshops to enable students and creatives to explore the use of reclaimed materials in both their planning and the execution of their work.

Our creative awareness of materials being made available in industry waste led us to explore the wider field. Working alongside organisations such as Ford Motor Company, we started to design and create reusable furniture items.  

We also worked in the event industry, promoting sustainability within event building and have worked on a number of projects, notably the Guardian Observer Ethical Awards. We were commissioned for creative sustainable builds by private clients, and we were subsequently introduced to the film industry.

The processes taking place in the UK production and broadcast industry came as a surprise to us. Sending whole sets to landfill is one of the main solutions for productions. It is a quick, easy and normalised process for staff members and crew. We realised that the materials being sent to landfill were being wasted, we wanted to do something to change this practice.

We organised meetings with leading production companies and visited various sets to see what was happening and how we could practically implement our services into the production process. We set about to support teams in a cost-effective and sustainable way. We introduced our services to the broadcast industry in 2012. Since then, we have tackled some big problems involving waste.

We strive to continue this important work, to deliver film and TV industry organisations a cost-effective, unique and ethical service, putting sustainable practice at the heart of what we do. Our aim is to provide a viable alternative to sets going to landfill or waste to energy, and to promote the reuse of materials wherever possible.

We understand the impact the production process can have on the environment, so we work to reduce waste as much as we can, and aim to recycle up to 99% of production sets. We work in collaboration with productions, and help them to adopt best practice methods for the recycling of materials from concept to delivery. We repurpose sets, making it possible to reduce the impact of media production. We have a successful track record of supporting a number of productions, both large scale and low budget, in this way for a number of years. We are recommended by the BBC and our services have been recognised by Albert, which supports an environmentally sustainable future for the TV and film industries.

We continue to tap into, and to support other industries who seek to achieve ethical and sustainable practice, and to lower their carbon footprint. Where possible, we also donate suitable materials from productions to various charities and non-profit organisations, helping organisations to achieve their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR).

We are now moving into a new phase of our work. A staple for us in terms of being able to provide a new, sustainable hub for the recycling of production sets.

Dresd works towards changing mind sets, implementing change and assisting in the practicality of change in one of the UK’s largest creative industries.
— Lynn McFarlane, CEO, Dresd