Although movie sets are known for generating tons of waste from scrap metal and set debris to food, production crews are changing their ways to go green. A study recently released by the nonprofit organization Producers Guild of America (PGA) Green aims to spread awareness about how filmmakers can implement eco-friendly policies to cut costs. With the belief that the entertainment industry is going green, PGA Green works to recycle props and help set crews make the transition to bottleless water.
The PGA Green study found that replacing bottled water with coolers and reusable bottles can lower water budgets by over 50% while recycling props and set materials can cut waste disposal budgets by 40%. Additionally, the report calculates the average cost of bottled water for 60 days of shooting to be $11,175, which could fall to about $5,489 if productions instead used reusable bottles and filtered water coolers.
Currently, PGA Green gives each crew member an 18 oz. stainless steel water bottle that is 100 percent recyclable and BPA and toxin-free. PGA Green provides 5-gallon water jugs for the set, base camp, catering, craft service, hair and make-up trailer, and the production office, which eliminates almost 8,000 individual plastic water bottles. Our suggestion? Studios should switch to bottleless and eliminate over 200 plastic water jugs and save their budget for special effects!
Follow Hollywood’s lead by switching to a Quench bottleless water cooler and save up to 50% over the cost of water delivery!