Step One: The Basics

  • Water
      • Instead of using plastic water bottles in the office and for the production meeting, provide glasses and a water pitcher.

      • Set up water stations instead of purchasing individual plastic water bottles. Encourage crewmembers to bring their own reusable water bottles and distribute cups made with plant-based disposables. When possible, encourage office staff, cast and crew to drink municipal tap or filtered water.

  • Digital vs. Printed Materials
      • Keep pre-production books digital as much as possible. Promote electronic communication and limit paper offering when it’s specifically requested including production books & maps. Print double sided.

      • Use a shared drive or "Drop Box" to share location photos and art reference photos, avoiding printing whenever possible.

      • When items must be printed, choose post-consumer recycled binders, envelopes or folders to hold them.  Look for more than just a “recycle” symbol, check for 50% or more recycled content. For all office products, look for the Green Seal.

  • Recycling, Materials & Electronic Usage
      • Instruct all runners and PAs to use reusable shopping bags. Encourage the same with vendors.

      • Never use Styrofoam. Use reusable, recycled or organic/plant based alternatives.

      • Avoid using foamcore for storyboards, or reuse existing foamcore with removable glue stick.

      • Replace chemical cleaning products with non-toxic, biodegradable alternatives that won’t pollute indoor air or local waterways.

      • Look for minimal packaging when ordering supplies.

      • Tape petty cash receipts to used/scrap paper only.

      • Keep all equipment unplugged when not in use. Use power strips, and switch them to the off position when not in use, and at the end of each day, to prevent phantom power usage when you are out of the office.

      • Use fluorescent, CFL or LED lighting.

      • Turn lights off when leaving a room.

      • Disable screen savers and program computers to enter sleep mode after several idle minutes.

      • Set up recycling bins (i.e. Plastic, cans, bottles, paper) next to all trash containers with clear signage detailing the materials appropriate for each bin.

      • Dispose of batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs as hazardous waste with a certified hazardous waste vendor, and donate or recycle electronic equipment. Ensure that ink cartridges and electronic waste are recycled properly.  Have a plan for where they will be collected on set and recycled after the shoot. Use rechargeable batteries where possible. Ex: in time code slates, wireless mics and headsets or "Comteks.”

      • Properly dispose of paint as a hazardous material. Do not dump solvent materials down the drain or into a trash bin.

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