QUESTIONS TO ASK THE STUDIO & CATERER

How do you know who’s operating sustainably and who’s not? The only way is to ask, and let them know what you’d like. Below are some questions for your caterer and studio, along with an intro to AdGreen so that they understand why you’re asking. Send these as early as possible (ideally before confirming) to get the conversation going.

FOR YOUR STUDIO

Mugs on set at the studio

Mugs on set at the studio

We are working with AdGreen (a sustainability initiative supported by the APA: http://www.adgreen-apa.net), and trying to act more sustainably during this production. We have a few things to go through with you… 

 

THINGS WE’D LIKE TO KNOW
 Do you offer recycling and/or food waste composting? Ideally we would like one bin for food waste, and one for everything else (this echoes what we do when on location)
 What set disposal can be done at the studio, and what costs are involved?

 Do we have access to drinking water/water cooler for crew to refill water bottles, instead of using disposable cups or drinking bottled water? If not, what bottled water do you supply?
 What cups/glasses do you supply for cold drinks/water? Ideally crew will bring their own bottles (or we will give them a bottle and ask them to refill it), but if not we would prefer Vegware (compostable cups) or at the very least recyclable paper ones (i.e. not plastic lined).
 Do you supply real mugs for hot drinks? If yes, let us know where these can be washed up so that we can tell the runners. If not, what type of cups to you supply? We would prefer Vegware (compostable cups) or at the very least recyclable paper ones (i.e. not plastic lined).
 Is any of your power renewable? If so approx what percentage?
 Could you give us before and after meter readings and a cost per unit?
 Could you give me the public transport info?
 Could you give me a contact for catering? I have some questions for them too!

 

THINGS WE’D LIKE DONE PRIOR TO CALL TIME
 2 sets of food waste and everything else bins clearly labelled with what goes where and with correct bags
 Mugs (if supplied) ready for use
 Appropriate glasses/Vegware/paper cups/plastic water bottles ready for use
Meter readings emailed to production
 Appropriate signage around the studio regarding waste, recycling, use of mugs and glasses/refilling

 

If you need them, there are a selection of signs on the AdGreen website which you can download. You can also like the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates, all @AdGreenAPA.

Thanks,
Production

FOR YOUR CATERER

Real cutlery out on location

Real cutlery out on location

We are working with AdGreen (a sustainability initiative supported by the APA: http://www.adgreen-apa.net), and trying to act more sustainably during this production. We have a few things to go through with you… 

 

THINGS WE’D LIKE TO KNOW
 What dishware and cutlery do you supply? China/enamel/metal is preferred (and can be hired here for china and here for enamel if you need to). If it’s disposable, please let us know what it is (paper/plastic/compostable etc), and if it’s recyclable or certified compostable. We would like zero polystyrene from catering.
 Please let us know if you’re using paper items which are plastic lined, as these are not recyclable. Vegware is the best option for disposable items.
 Do you try to source food sustainably and seasonally?
 Do you avoid products made with palm oil? You can check on some everyday items here
 Could you avoid beef where possible? Beef production is one of the main contributors to climate change, and for reference, chicken production impacts 80% less on the environment
 Are your eggs free range?
 Do you supply things in individual sachets (coffee, ketchup etc), or in bulk? Bulk is preferable as it cuts down on packaging waste.
And additionally, for studio caterers:
 How is water supplied in the canteen? Water cooler would be preferable – we’re trying to cut down on waste and this way, crew can bring their own reusable bottles, and refill them.
 What do you normally do with any surplus food?

And additionally, for location caterers:
 Do you supply water coolers so that crew can refill bottles and cut down on plastic bottle waste? If not, and we source coolers from elsewhere, can we negotiate on per head cost as we will not be using as much bottled water from yourselves?
 Where is your base? Can you estimate travel time/mileage to the location?

And additionally, for hot box caterers:
 Do you supply meals in individual boxes? If so, what are these made of (plastic lined paper/card boxes cannot be recycled - Vegware is the best option for disposable items)?

Water dispenser provided by the caterer

Water dispenser provided by the caterer

 

THINGS WE’D LIKE DONE ON THE DAY
 Liaise with Location Manager/Production Manager/Studio about having recycling/food waste & compostables/general waste bins set up ready for breakfast and lunch service
 Keep any recycling/food waste/general bins near the catering area tidy, with correct bags and signs
 Use these bins for any kitchen waste - peelings, packaging etc

 

You can also like the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates, all @AdGreenAPA.

Thanks,
Production