WHAT YOU CAN DO

You may not be in production, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit. Have a look at the things everyone can do, plus the department specific advice below. And don’t forget to spread the word! Talk to others in your department, other crew on set, your production team: show them what they can do, and tell them why it’s important to you.

Read about what other productions have been up to here.

THINGS EVERYONE CAN DO COSTUME DEPT
LOCATION DEPT MAKE UP & HAIR
ART DEPT FOOD STYLING
DoP & ELECTRICAL DEPT AD DEPT & RUNNERS
CAMERA TEAM & DIT SOUND DEPT

THINGS EVERYONE CAN DO

IN PRE-PRODUCTION
->  If you need to print items prior to the shoot, print double-sided where possible, and expand margins to fit more onto a page (more help on that here)

->  Use digital POs if you need them (ask production to email them to you), and save scrap paper for sticking down any receipts

->  Avoid single use plastic bags, using reusable bags instead

->  If you're purchasing anything for the shoot, try to think about what will happen to it once the shoot is over. Can it be recycled? Rehomed? Do you really need it?

AND ON SET
->  Use public transport or a bike to get to set

->  Do not idle your vehicle whilst stationary as this contributes to localised air pollution

->  Take your own refillable water bottle to avoid using multiple plastic water bottles

->  Take a reusable coffee cup (Thermos, Keep Cup etc) to avoid using disposable cups

->  Familiarise yourself with the bin signs and place recyclables, food waste and compostables in the correct bins - contaminated bags will go straight to landfill, so it’s important to know what goes where

->  Return any croc clips you find to the lighting dept so that they can be sent back to the lighting company for reuse

->  Collect up any used Nespresso pods and give to production for recycling (more on how to recycle them here)

->  Use your phone or a tablet to view and annotate production documents, instead of taking paper copies (more on going paperless here)

LOCATION DEPT

->  Organise a waste collection with a reputable waste transfer company, ideally one that offers a recycling and food waste collection. See the Waste Management on Set page for recommendations

 

->  Confirm recycling and waste collection company details with production – we will need to contact them after the shoot to obtain a copy of the waste transfer note for our records

 

->  Set up recycling and waste bins first thing at catering (and on any pre-light/dress days as appropriate) – they should never be in singles, but always in pairs (or threes if you're separating into dry mixed recyclables, food waste and everything else), and make sure the signs are displayed clearly using croc clips or tape

 

->  Don’t tie any bin bags up anywhere else (eg. Dining Bus) as it discourages separating

 

->  Familiarise your team (locations, security, facilities) with what needs to be separated and ask them to help educate the crew as needed, and monitor the bins…

 

->  Use Ram Board, a recyclable alternative to Correx, or request used Correx if Ram Board is not available, and organise for any unused sheets to be sent back. More about Ram Board in our FAQ.

 

->  Avoid polystyrene: do not use it to display storyboards or other documents. Use Blu Tack or double-sided tape to stick them to a wall/drape/table etc.

 

->  Ask any drivers, whether they are private cars, facilities or deliveries, not to idle their vehicles as this contributes to localised air pollution

 

Share these notes with your security team and any location assistants, as well as discussing with facility drivers and caterers when they arrive, to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

ART DEPT

->  Discuss with production prior to the shoot what the reuse/waste plan is for any makes, purchased items and set pieces – including any transport/rehoming/disposal costs. Dresd are a great first port of call, they can supply reclaimed materials from their stores for set builds, and provide build and strike crews who are skilled in derigging to ensure as many items can be reused as possible. You can also check out our useful rehoming suggestions here

->  Consider how your prop choices could influence sustainable behaviours, from cast using reusable coffee cups to compost caddies appearing in kitchens - there's a full list of ideas here

->  Avoid polystyrene: seek alternative materials/methods if polycarving is to be considered in set building/prop making, and discuss budget implications with production

->  Source environmentally friendly options for effects such as snow, dust and smoke, and avoid wet downs

->  Hire props rather than buying, where appropriate

->  Avoid single use plastic bags, using reusable bags instead

->  Allow for legal disposal of any solvents used - companies like HazGreen can help if you're unsure what's hazardous

->  Ensure there are sufficient recycling and composting facilities in your workshops

->  Bring appropriate waste disposal items (bags etc) to clean up your department’s waste on wrap and sort waste appropriately as per your shoot's recycling and composting collection

->  Carry forward stationary, workroom and office supplies to future productions

Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

DoP & ELECTRICAL DEPT

->  Avoid polystyrene: check out the alternatives available on the Low Energy Lighting page

->  Include low-energy lighting options if they are appropriate - check out the low energy lighting guide here

->  Avoid the use of generators where possible, or at least use generators which are serviced, sound proofed and use a proportion of fuel from renewable sources, such as bio-diesel, solar or natural gas. More info on alternative options here

->  Return any usable croc clips and gel offcuts to the lighting company for reuse by others - you might want to set up a bucket for crew to drop croc clips in if they find them - use our sign here

->  Keep any large gel offcuts and send back to the lighting company for reuse

->  Use drapes/bolton rather than consumables like black wrap for blacking out

Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

CAMERA TEAM & DIT

->  Complete digital camera reports rather than paper ones, and supply them to the DIT. The CameraReport app might also be useful

 

->  Purchase/use rechargeable batteries where possible

 

->  Recycle any used disposable batteries - check out our recycling tips here to find locations near you

 

->  Recycle any broken hard drives (and any other electricals that are no longer working) - check out our recycling tips here for more info

 

Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

COSTUME DEPT

->  Discuss with production prior to the shoot what the reuse/waste plan is for any makes and purchased items – including any transport/rehoming/disposal costs. Check out our useful rehoming suggestions here, including charities that distribute smart workwear and bras to those in need!

->  Hire costume or use stock, rather than buying, where appropriate

->  Hire any robes and towels or use stock, rather than buying fresh – let production know if you'd like to add anything to their location order/studio hire

->  Avoid single use plastic bags, using reusable bags instead

->  Avoid single use products and try not to over order

->  Use cloth dress bags, instead of plastic dress bags

->  Buy recycled laundry bags

->  Avoid throwing out hangers and dry cleaning bags – return them next time you go

->  Use environmentally friendly ecological detergents and soaps such as Ecover

->  Buy energy-efficient irons, steamers and kettles when you need to replace/upgrade

->  Consider fair trade and ethical brands when buying “keep warm” and “comfort” items

->  Try to limit the use of taxis – talk to production if you think a courier or driver would be more cost (and carbon) effective, or use a low carbon car service like Green Tomato

->  Ensure there are sufficient recycling facilities in your workshops – particularly for paper, plastics (bags, garment bags, bottles) and textile waste (try Traid for this)

->  Bring appropriate waste disposal items (bags etc) to clean up your department’s waste on wrap and sort waste appropriately as per your shoot's recycling and composting collection

->  Carry forward stationary, workroom and office supplies to future productions

If you want more info and advice, you can also check out this full guide to running an eco costume dept. Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

 

MAKE UP & HAIR

->  Discuss with production prior to the shoot what the reuse/waste plan is for any makes and purchased items such as wigs – including any transport/rehoming/disposal costs. Check out our useful rehoming suggestions here, including charities that will take new and used makeup for womens' shelters

->  Hire any robes and towels or use stock, rather than buying fresh – let us know if you’d like to add anything to our location order/studio hire

->  Use natural and organic brands where possible, however if these do not offer the deliverables you require for your brief, ensure that the brands you use are, at the very least, cruelty free, microbead free and that they have carbon neutral and biodegradable/compostable single use packaging

->  Order in bulk or use a single supplier where possible and source UK produced skincare products. We have amazing organic skincare companies in the UK and it will keep the air miles down and support British industry

->  Source sustainable bamboo mascara wands and toothbrushes, biodegradable/compostable nappy bags for dirty consumables, biodegradable/compostable wet wipes and non-plastic cotton buds, paper straws (not plastic), aerosol free products (hairspray etc), and washable cleansing pads instead of cotton wool disposables

->  Use mains power rather than batteries, however if needs be, use rechargeable batteries in electricals (razors, hand fans etc) - or even better, keep a stash of paper fans!

->  For continuity, use an app such as Continuity Pro

->  Bring appropriate waste disposal items (bags etc) to clean up your department’s waste on wrap and sort waste appropriately as per your shoot's recycling and composting collection

Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

FOOD STYLING

->  Discuss with production prior to the shoot what the reuse/waste plan is for any surplus food – including any transport/rehoming/disposal costs - check out our useful rehoming suggestions here - City Harvest are an AdGreen favourite, taking food and redistributing to homeless shelters around London

->  Talk to production about whether there will be a food waste collection, for composting - if so, make sure your team are aware and that you have separate bins for recyclable packaging and general waste too. You could suggest they use Quantum Waste - more details over on our Waste Management On Set page

->  Carefully consider the amount of food required, and try to limit over-ordering and waste where possible

Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

AD DEPT & RUNNERS

->  Avoid polystyrene: do not use poly to display storyboards or other documents. Use Blu Tack or double-sided tape to stick them to a wall/drape/table etc or request Get Set Hire’s portable noticeboard from production

->  Help catering and the location dept set up recycling and waste bins first thing (and on any pre-light/dress days as appropriate) – they should always be in pairs (or threes if you're separating into dry mixed recyclables, food waste and everything else), and make sure the signs are displayed clearly using croc clips or tape

->  Don’t tie any bin bags up anywhere else (eg. Dining Bus) as it discourages recycling

->  Familiarise yourself with what needs to be separated. Educate everyone on set as needed, and help monitor the bins

->  Help the electrical dept set up a bucket for crew to drop croc clips in if they find them, and make sure any you find get put there too - use our sign here

->  If there's a coffee machine on set, organise a small container for Nespresso pods to be collected in, as they can be returned to Nespresso for free - use our sign here, and more details here

->  Make sure the reuse and refill signage is put out on the tea table near your water cooler

->  Name any water bottles you give out to those who didn’t bring cups and bottles, rather than numbering

->  If there are real mugs on set, name them with a sharpie and keep them washed up as needed

->  Minimal storyboards, call sheets etc should be printed – if anything specific is requested, ask production to print as necessary

->  If you’re asked to go on a run, get a bag for life/canvas bag from production - avoid single use plastic bags

-> Ask any drivers, whether they are private cars, facilities or deliveries, not to idle their vehicles as this contributes to localised air pollution

->  Keep an eye on heating and cooling: If the set is too hot, turn off heating, then open doors and windows, before resorting to air con (if available). If too cold, shut doors and windows, turn off any air con before turning on any heating.

->  Remind everyone on set to turn everything off at lunch time/during set watch

->  Continuity: Complete digital reports rather than paper ones, and supply them to production - more tips here

If you need a bit more inspiration, read about 1st AD Patrick James Stephens's recent paperfree experiences on our blog. Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.

SOUND DEPT

->  Complete digital sound reports rather than paper ones, and supply them to the DIT

->  Reuse any memory cards, once data has been transferred to the DIT

->  Purchase/use rechargeable batteries where possible

->  Recycle any used disposable batteries - check out our recycling tips here to find locations near you

->  Recycle any old or dead drives (and any other electricals that are no longer working) - check out our recycling tips here for more info

Share these notes with your team to ensure maximum cooperation on making the shoot more sustainable. See also things everyone can do in prep and on set.