Food is a major part of film production,
as it is in everyday life. Low impact choices are to eat low on
the food chain, which means putting less emphasis on meat, in favor
of pastas, rices, beans, breads, salads, and so on. This will save
money as well. There are environmental repercussions in your choice
of plates—paper, plastic or ceramic; in the flatware you choose;
the washing soaps; the trash you generate; and the way in which
you deal with leftovers.
handing but cards that ask the crew about their dietary preferences.
Hire a caterer who will provide a vegetarian alternative at every
meal. If you are shooting out of the city, look for a local caterer.
They will be glad for the steady business that a shoot requires.
LEFTOVERS: if you are shooting in the city and have food
left over after a day's shoot, City
Harvest or Meals
On Wheels will come pick it up and serve it
to the homeless that night. Your donation is tax deductible.
Assess whether or not your production can serve meals,
on hard plates," meaning ceramic cafeteria style dishes. This
is the low-impact preference. They do not generate trash; they are
substantial to hold; they can be washed and reused. Hard plastic
or thrift shop Bakelite plates from the sixties are lightweight
substitutes that can also be reused. Both are preferable to disposable-plates.
DISPOSABLE PLATES: If you have to use disposable plates,
use paper plates instead of plastic. A great deal of resources are
expended to manufacture plastic products, and they have no
chance of biodegrading in a landfill.
• What about a camping plate and utensil kit for each crew
member? They can watch after their own kit and return it after the
should not be used as a daily product. Use stainless steel-flatware
and wash it. Assign a production assistant to wash up. Let them
know it's a valuable contribution to the film.
AND CUPS: Give
out mugs to your crew with the film title or logo on it. This upfront
investment will boost your crew’s morale early in production,
save you paper cup expenses, and advertise your movie long after
the shoot. Everyone should be responsible for their own mug. Get
people off the throw-away kick; There are strong, spill-resistant
ceramic (From HotJo)
or plastic mugs now available, and with the film logo or title,
they make great souvenirs.
• As with the plates, a permanent plastic cup is preferable
lo disposable plastic. (The FDA does not allow paper cups made from
recycled material at this lime.)
cleanup surrounding daily meals and craft service will have a tremendous
impact over the course of a five to eight week shoot.
CLEANING PRODUCTS: Many soaps are
to our water supply.
You should buy biodegradable cleaners for dishes, pots, and pans.
For scouring power, use baking soda.
GARBAGE BAGS: There are large paper bags that are made
from (100%) recycled paper are biodegradable in landfills, and are
stronger than plastic bags, even when wet.
• Don't use "biodegradable plastic bags." They
are an eco-scam.
• If you are going to use 'plastic hags try the ones made
from recycled plastic.
RECYCLING: Organize an on-location recycling system for
every location shoot. Get the crew to recycle cans and bottles as
a matter of course. *(pg. 31) City shoots can work with We
Can, the self-empowering recycling group for
COMPOSTING: If you are shooting in the country, consider
compos-ting leftover vegetables, flowers, leaves, and other organic
waste. You can donate to a local farmer or garden society.