Do you actually ever get tired of learning about the inside scoop on Hollywood’s continued efforts to go green? What a relief…neither do we! The majority of us funnel a great deal of our expendable income on la-la-land entertainment but now that the industry is stepping up to the plate by taking its planetary responsibility far more seriously, what might have once been a guilty pleasure is now causing far less strain on our eco-conscience.
The newly launched GreenProductionGuide is one major example of studios embracing the notion of repurposing (something that was unheard of just a few years ago) and now the latest green twist comes courtesy of the uber-eco-friendly Emmy Awards ceremony happening this weekend in Los Angeles. Producers deserve 5 ginormously juicy stars for greening the carpet (and every other aspect of the production, for that matter) through the following efforts:
- The Emmy set within the Nokia Theatre is constructed using recyclable materials.
- Office workers are now digitally distributing documents and when hard copies are necessary, they print front and back copies. Additionally, they are drinking via a water cooler (rather than one-time-use plastic bottles), separating recyclable materials, turning all electronically powered items off when not in use and making a habit of using dry erase calendars/boards rather than paper versions.
- Crew members are drinking from refillable water bottles, driving supplies in hybrid/alternative fuel vehicles and relying exclusively on energy efficient rechargeable batteries/CFL bulbs.
- Maintenance staff are now cleaning facilities with non-toxic supplies.
- Caterers are preparing organic, sustainable eats cooked via low emission grills and serving all meals on reusable tableware/washable tablecloths.
- Makeup and hair artists are now encouraged to used organic products on celebrities in addition to cruelty-free selections…plus they’re participating in recycling.
- At the conclusion of this year’s ceremony, all dry cleaning bags and hangers will be returned to their original source, clothing and food will be donated and all remaining items will be recycled if they cannot be given to fitting organizations.
While this isn’t the first time that the Emmy Awards ceremony has taken on a green hue, it’s certainly the most broad-sweeping effort to date, a trend that we hope will continue to gain momentum with each passing year!