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#SustainableSundays – Fuelling Your Filmmakers

29 August 2021

It’s #SustainableSundays and whilst you’re enjoying your Sunday morning brunch, we thought we’d let you know about another on-set method that global film productions are using to reduce their carbon footprint.  

We all know that the stomach is the key to happiness, and catering is an essential department in the smooth-running of a film production, keeping cast and crew happy, energised, and focused on the day’s work. Did you know that a big-budget production can throw away over 70 tons of food during shooting?  

In order to reduce global food waste, the film industry must make steps to change this figure. Luckily, there are several practices that productions can introduce to ensure that valuable food is not going to waste. Many large-scale productions have begun partnering with local foodbanks, schools, and charities to donate their excess food at the end of each day of production.  

Sony’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014) donated over 5,000 full meals to local schools and food programmes during shooting, reducing waste and giving back to the local community at the same time. The production of ‘1917’ (2019), Sam Mendes’ ambitious one-shot saga, teamed up with Bio Collectors, who took away their excess food and converted it into biogas, electricity, and high-grade fertiliser for agriculture, making sure that their leftovers were used in productive ways. These are just some of the ways in which film productions can move towards being zero waste. A film-set without food waste is possible if we all collaborate proactively to achieve it.  

Check back next week to see what our next step suggestion is on how we can work together to create a more sustainable film industry. Creating films that are not only inspiring, but also sustainable, is one of our core goals and values here at LFA, and we'd like to lead by example by sharing best practices environmentally. 

Help us raise awareness for this critical topic by sharing on social media or forwarding on to a friend. #SustainableSundays 

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