Ahead of SiLC23 on 8 November, LicensingSource.net catches up with some of the high profile sponsors. Today, Dreamtex reveals how it has spent the past 12 months putting its sustainability plans into action.
We are at the dawning of a new age for licensing. With legislation coming at us from all angles, the landscape upon which business operates is about to shift dramatically. The $340bn global licensing industry has the chance to be leading that sustainable transition from the front, we just have to seize it.
That opportunity sits at the heart of this year’s Sustainability in Licensing Conference – the brand licensing and consumer product industries’ only event dedicated to collective sustainable development – as it makes its return to the Royal Geographical Society in London on Wednesday, 8 November 2023.
Of course, this year’s Sustainability in Licensing Conference wouldn’t go ahead without the support of the industry, our Products of Change community and our honourable list of sponsors, all of which are flying the flag for sector sustainable development while taking great strides themselves.
Let’s meet a few. Today: Dreamtex.
Dreamtex has spent the last 12 months putting its sustainability plans well into action and working closely with retailers to implement changes that include the removal of all single-use plastic from its products in store and the introduction of 100% recycled polyester filling into its collections of cushions. Since the launch of its National Geographic range using Repreve, Dreamtex has moved towards natural fibres such as BCI Cotton and bamboo.
The bedding specialist is currently engaging its factories in conversations around scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions mapping while internal changes at the company have boomed. Most recently the team has taken advantage of the North West Chambers of Commerce Green Rose programme which offers training sessions on sustainability and environmental management in small businesses and has set up procurement policies such as soft plastic recycling points, mixed recycling points, switching to recycled paper and more.
The team is also in the process of evaluating carbon accounting software products that will allow the operation to gain insight y benchmarking and tracking its greenhouse gas emissions.
Ambitions for 2024: Dreamtex’s new Bluey home décor collection will feature seasonal ranges such as Christmas and Halloween. All card used in the products is FSC certified while the range is 100% recyclable with no single-use plastic. The company is also reviewing more near-shore factories to source product from to reduce the carbon created in its supply chain.
Andy Downie, commercial director: “Conferences such as SiLC drive the voice of the industry and amplify the need for change across every scope. We are very proud to be part of such a significant driver for change.
“We strive to do our best by the environment and are always looking for new ways to improve. We cannot wait for SiLC 2023 and are very proud to be supporting such an amazing voice of the industry.”
The Sustainability in Licensing Conference 2023 takes place on Wednesday 8 November at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The full agenda can be found by clicking here. Tickets for this year’s Sustainability in Licensing Conference are available to purchase now. Both in-person and digital-only options are available. Contact Rob@productsofchange.com or Helena@productsofchange.comfor more information.