27/07/2021 Carmen Amos

How To Green Your Film Set

The best way to start greening your life and your film set is to be mindful, disciplined and above all, committed. 

Let’s be honest, the film production industry has not necessarily been the most sustainable when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint. The amount of paper used on call sheets, production booklets and treatments alone could take down an entire forest.

The rate at which we consume on a single production can be quite alarming and something we are extremely mindful and passionate about changing.   

We can change the way we think and manage our waste!

From WRAP ZERO to HERO – How To Green Your Film Set


Luckily for the South African film industry, we have eco-warriors such as Econinjas and Wrap Zero who are making it their mission to teach us how to make better and greener choices on set and in our lives. 

Wrap Zero share a few words of wisdom with us about managing our film sets:

  • Enforce a “no idling” policy to reduce air pollution and engine damage, and save money 
  • Serve meat-free meals one day per week to reduce carbon emissions 
  • Encourage cast & crew to only dish up what they will eat to reduce food waste 
  • Use biodegradable soap for all catering & laundry washing up & collect greywater for possible reuse 
  • Explore the use of LED lighting and battery packs instead of using generators   

Watch the full conversation here for more information on how to green your film set.

Waste not, want not:

Back To The Future, who recently rebranded under the name Eco-Ninjas, are another group of eco-warriors encouraging more sustainable practises in the local film production industry with a particular focus on waste. 

To make our film sets more eco-friendly, they suggest:

  • Ban plastic water bottles. Ask crew members to bring their own reusable bottles (or supply reusable bottles) and provide water coolers on set.
  • Ban plastic-lined paper cups. Ask crew members to bring their own reusable cups.
  • If the above is not possible, write crew names on paper cups so that they reuse them, thus minimising the amount of waste produced. 
  • Provide a set of recycling bins on set so that ‘waste’ is separated as it is disposed of.
  • Ensure your recycling bins are clearly marked so crew and cast know what to deposit in each bin.
  • Dispose of food waste in a separate bin, thus minimising the contamination of recyclables. Add Bokashi powder to your food waste so that it breaks down into compost, or hand it over to a local city farm, ie: Oranjezicht City Farm. 
  • Where possible, purchase products with recyclable packaging and support local food businesses in order to minimise pollution/carbon emissions related to logistics. 
  • Extra tip: If you don’t want to pay for a recycling company to collect your recyclables, you can hand them over to street pickers so that they can exchange the materials for money. You can also find your city’s local drop-off facility and take the recyclables there.

Watch the full conversation here

Juice Film Commitments:

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly,  we need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” 

A few of our personal commitments to greening film production services include a tradition known as Meatless Mondays, prepared for us by our lovely Thabisa. Her veg bowls have become a bit of a trademark at the office. 

We have a no print / limit printing policy – only print what is absolutely necessary!

Clients can look forward to having a tree or twenty planted in their name when they shoot with us, a long-standing collaboration with Green Pop SA.

As many of our clients have most of what they need, we have taken a less conventional route when it comes to gift packs #mindfulgifting #giftingandgiving.

We ensure that most of the goodies in our gift packs are sustainable, sourced locally and made from recycled materials (check out the marvelous Uzwelo) or gifts that support local communities, think about gifting an afro water cap to a young lady at Waves for Change, a braai pack or bag of rice to 123braai or Servants of Sustenance!

We believe that small things can make a big difference in the long run.  

Read more about our commitment on our ethos page where you can download our complete Green Policy.

For more information about sustainable film practices or how to green your film set, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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