Sustainability in Film
Inspired by Zaita Media, we make sustainability a priority in our production process in efforts to reduce the waste generated on sets. Digital copies of documents are the default, resources such as the Green Production Guide are referenced, and we strive to use reusable water bottles, mugs, cutlery, and dishes on our sets. Environmental consciousness and conservation are fundamental in today’s world, and no less so in film. Examples of green initiatives in film productions that can help shift current industry norms are:
- Reducing paper usage and using recycled paper: cast and crew opt-in to paper copies of documents; encourage going paperless and make charging stations and portable batteries available on set to facilitate going green.
- Reducing plastic waste: providing reusable dishware, cutlery, cups, mugs and bags to discourage using plastic alternatives, a ban on plastic water bottles and coffee pods, and avoiding plastic packaging and bags.
- Proper recycling practices: ensuring there are enough recycling bins on set and that recyclables are properly sorted.
- Reducing carbon emissions: organising shuttle services and encouraging carpools and sustainable means of transport. Holding video auditions rather than in-person.
- Reducing energy usage: turning off lights and equipment when not in use for extended periods, and using energy efficient and LED lights and reusable batteries.
- Mindful purchasing: avoiding plastic items and packaging, shopping at second hand stores (props, wardrobe) donating items after shooting, buying fair trade coffee.
- Planning for sustainability: from the start, cast and crew should be aware of the initiative to be green and sustainability is factored into each phase of production. A designated individual can oversee production to ensure policies are met and production assistants are trained on green initiatives.
- Promoting sustainability on screen: showing characters using reusable bags and beverage cups and avoid showing characters demonstrating wasteful practices on screen.