The famous 24 TV series where Jack Bauer saves the world from terrorists and criminal activity had another series nine last year filmed and based in London. On the DVD box-set series they added an interesting extra called “Green Production” which was a short video shoot ‘behind the scenes’ of the production all about the ways in which they were eco- and green-friendly or as they state, where “21st Century Fox Businesses are committed to minimising their environmental impacts, growing sustainability, and inspiring others to take action”. All about saving waste, reducing emissions, and trying lots of angles to go ‘green’.
Within the cleaning world there is quite rightly an ever increasing focus on becoming more green, not only on just the waste and refuse side, but in the actual practices of cleaning. So here at Easy Cleaners Birmingham we’ve come up with ’10 Green Production Eco-Friendly Strategies’ regarding what the producers of 24 managed to do along these lines during filming:
1. Watching the waste. An obvious one, but make sure there’s things like recycled paper being re-used, and all waste is either eco-friendly removed or actually sent to another production set to re-use maybe furniture, stock, stationery, plates and cups, including homeless shelters and charity shops.
2. Water bottles. Rather than having endless new plastic bottles with water already in there for people to drink, everyone had a permanent bottle with cap on that was filled up from set water sources. Even though this water still has to be sourced and chilled, there’s less waste in using just one container than numerous water bottles, plus it’s good how they’re different colours with the 24 logo on and some with personal names stuck on to identify.
3. Eco cars. Making sure travel was eco-friendly, and using a company called Climate Cars who use carbon-efficient hybrid cars to travel with.
4. Power source. These were from buildings where possible as opposed to generators, a great idea, as there must be a huge demand for power on remote site locations in particular, and therefore less use of diesel-hungry engines.
5. Recording information. Maybe more on the accounting and stats side, but the more you think about this the more it will be helpful to have information on say car mileage and fuel use to then make educated decisions on better and efficient ways to run and manage people and transport.
6. Local food. Keeping it local and fresh, they appear to make the most of on-set caters using good local suppliers.
7. Catering implements. They obviously go through a lot of takeaway boxes and cutlery on-set, so signs such as “please only use takeaway boxes/disposable cutlery where necessary”, and stating that say bio-degradable plates are preferable rather than full takeaway packaging,
8. Separate recycle bins. For all the different items, including separate food for say compost, and aiming for a zero land fill policy. Plus lots of recycling bins everywhere, collected twice weekly, with the results I guess back into the stats reporting above.
9. Re use boxes any cardboard. They’ll be going through shed loads of these what with deliveries and stage sets, so re-using the same pieces again and again will count.
10. Makeup savings. As they go through lots of this with all the special effects of say cuts and blood on people, re-using packaging with refills etc starts to make sense.