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 workshops to enable students and creatives to explore the use of reclaimed materials in both their planning and the execution of their work.

We became aware of waste materials within the automotive industry and we were able to explore a wider field of recycling. Working alongside organisations such as Ford Motor Company, we started to design and create reusable furniture items from their waste materials.  

Alongside this we worked in the event industry, promoting sustainability within event building and have worked on a number of high-profile projects. 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 industry came as a surprise to us. Sending whole sets to landfill is one of the main solutions for productions. It is believed to be the easiest or quickest method, and has become a commonplace process for staff members and crew. Our aim was to implement an initiative that would alleviate the need to do this. 

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 a cost-effective, unique and greener 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 production. We have a successful track record of supporting a number of productions, both large scale and low budget. We are recommended by the BBC and we are an official Albert supplier, 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.

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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