The next issue to tackle was the dreaded plastic bottle… I had asked Nomadic Kitchen to make sure that we had enough bottled water for crew to have one per day, which they were happy to do. I then ordered 2 water coolers, 2 x 19 litre water bottles per cooler, and 500 compostable cups, and stationed one cooler on set and one back at unit base. When calling all of the crew the night before the shoot, I emphasised all of the AdGreen measures we would be taking on set, and asked everyone to bring a water bottle, and if they had one, a reusable coffee cup or Thermos for hot drinks. On my way to set I stopped to get the papers; my heart sunk when I saw this front page…
Ugh. So depressing.
When I got to set, nearly everyone had brought a water bottle with them. I was, and still am, beaming with pride for my Fairy crew - check out Spencer Wilson going in for a casual refill in the above pic! Our caterers also provided us with Vegware plates and cutlery, and had our special bins situated at base by the tea table. I also have to give a special shout out to our unit base, Wasps RFC, who had their own recycling bins situated inside their buildings - way to go making our life easier!
Another problem that's a bit out of control is the amount of paperwork we print, which more often than not, ends up being binned. Again, I gave forewarning that we would print limited call sheets and schedules via the call sheet front page and email out the night before. As Daisy has been showing you in her case studies, we also had key paperwork on notice boards which everyone could refer to throughout the day - plus they all had digital copies anyway.
Wasps RFC's own beautiful bins
I felt really pleased with my first officially green shoot, however there's always more we can do. Team AdGreen has recently announced Five Easy Things in conjunction with their Green Production Get Together in March - I managed to cover some of these but I was frustrated that we couldn't ditch correx in favour of Ram Board. The recycled and recyclable material is SO MUCH BETTER than unrecycled and unrecyclable correx, however, it's a little more labour intensive to put down (it takes a bit of practice to get it down quickly) and is currently more expensive. Things like this need all of us to start using them in order to bring the cost down and get people used to working with the material. However, doing any of the Five Easy Things is certainly a step in a greener direction!
Throughout the shoot I had some lovely comments from the crew, saying how great they thought the AdGreen initiative is... being green needn’t be hard! It’s actually really rewarding when everyone does it together.
To help you on your shoot, check out our Five Easy Things to get some inspiration. You can also point your crew to What Can I Do? and use our signage for your recycling bins and general awareness raising. The Sustainable Production Agreement is also a great way to make sure you’ve ticked as many green boxes as possible, and our FAQ section can help with info about coolers, cups and Ram Board. If you'd like to help inspire others by sharing your experience, get in touch. Just 3 or 4 points and a few pics is enough for us to put together a case study.