Quick Tips A-Z

Art Department and Construction
  • Sell or donate unwanted set materials to local theatres, high schools, acting schools or other productions before opting for disposal
  • Support charities that are willing to pick up, recycle and reuse materials
  • Where appropriate, select paints and products with environmentally friendly labels
  • Dispose of paints and other hazardous materials in a responsible manner
  • Don’t allow paint or residuals to enter storm drains
  • Where appropriate, select products with environmentally friendly labels
  • Use recycled wood or wood from managed forests (FSC)
  • Rent or lease larger items such as furniture and computers as an alternative to purchasing
Camera and Sound
  • Unplug video equipment, monitors and other electronics and similar equipment
  • When purchasing or renting equipment, ask about energy efficient alternatives (Energy Star where applicable)
  • Where acceptable, use digital processes for filming and sound recording
  • Avoid sending waste film to landfills by recycling
  • Encourage use of reusable cutlery, plates and cups rather than using disposable items
  • Buy organic and locally grown food to help offset GHG emissions associated with transportation of food
  • Apply fair trade principles when selecting imported food products (teas, coffees, fruits)
  • Ensure that recycling facilities are available next to each waste bin and allow for plastic, glass, cans, papers, and metal
  • Use lunch locations as places to post and inform cast and crew of good environmental practices
  • Encourage the use of personal travel mugs to discourage consumption of disposable paper cups
Grip and Electric
  • Use biodiesel fuels whenever possible to avoid emissions when using generators
  • When replacing light bulbs, replace with lower wattage, longer life bulbs such as LED of CFL
  • Use dimmers to rest lights between setups rather than switching lights on and off
  • Encourage the use of CFL lights for work areas
  • Use environmentally friendly textiles on frames instead of poly based materials for bounce and filtration
  • Recycle color gels so that they can be used in future productions
Make-up and Hair
  • Favor make-up, hair and cosmetic brands that use less packaging
  • Where possible, select make-up, hair and personal care brands committed to avoiding animal testing
  • Use refills to avoid disposing of non-recyclable make-up containers
  • Investigate organic alternatives for make-up, hair care and personal hygiene products
  • Have recycling bins readily available to make-up staff
  • Where possible, purchase in bulk to avoid unnecessary travel
  • If available, use digital post-production workflow systems
  • Make use of energy saving features for equipment and computers
  • Distribute projects and demonstration reels on DVD with limited amounts of packaging
  • In the office, apply purchasing, energy efficiency, water conservation and waste reduction practices
  • Develop environmentally responsible leasing/rental practices for vehicles that include fuel efficiency
  • Use alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrids, electric, biodiesel
  • Practice efficient driving techniques
  • Avoid idling
  • Provide incentives for crew members to car pool
  • Purchase second-hand or recycled clothing and accessories when appropriate
  • Support designers using environmental materials or otherwise have environmental credentials
  • Avoid the use of garments and accessories made from endangered species
  • Repair and alter garments rather than buying new
  • Avoid clothes requiring dry cleaning, and if dry cleaning is needed, support those dry cleaners that don’t use perchloroethylene (PERC)
  • Re-use coat hangers and plastic garment covers
  • store and recycle garments/costumes when possible
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