Behind the screen

Many of the environmental impacts associated with the screen production industry relate to activities behind the screen, such as makeup, wardrobe, art department, lighting, sound and camera, and post-production. Below are suggestions for minimising the environmental impacts associated with many of the behind screen activities.


Investigate second-hand and recycled clothing and accessories as an alternative to purchasing new items.
For productions with laundry facilities, ensure that the most energy and water efficient appliances are used, laundry products are environmentally friendly and laundry practices are sustainable e.g. wash in cold water, adjust water levels and line dry if possible.
Where appropriate select designers with good environmental management practices.
Avoid the use of garments and accessories made from endangered species.
Mend and alter garments rather than replace them.
Where possible, choose clothes that donít need dry cleaning.
If dry cleaning is necessary, select dry-cleaners that have good environmental management practices, use energy-efficient machines and do not use the solvent perchloroethylene
Re-use coat hangers and plastic garment covers.
Store, sell or donate redundant clothing and accessories.

Many different fabrics may be used to create costumes. Environmentally responsible fabrics are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals or pesticides. Organic cotton is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the clothing market. Environmental groups are also concerned about labour conditions, fair trade issues and the use of materials from endangered species. It is possible to hire materials made from endangered species under special licence from authorised organisations for productions that require historical and cultural accuracy. The relevant licence should be obtained e.g. under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).




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