Black Milk Productions recognises the enormity of the climate emergency facing the planet. We are committed to doing our utmost to offset and limit the environmental impact and carbon footprint of all aspects of our production, both on and off set. We work with AdGreen the sustainability initiative supported by the APA to act more sustainably.
We realise that given the scale and immediacy of the crisis we face, it is not enough to simply minimise, which is why our aim is to work towards completely carbon neutral productions going forward, and beyond that to net carbon positive productions.
Transportation, energy to power lighting and facilities, and waste are the three biggest factors.
We are led by the 3R's: reduce, reuse, recycle.
CARBON OFFSET FOR LOCAL PRODUCTIONS:
One of our policies is that we carbon offset each production once it has wrapped. Offsetting is essentially replacing the amount of carbon you have released into the atmosphere with an amount of oxygen to counterbalance it.
We do this via Carbon Aware Productions (CAP) whose website helps estimate the amount of carbon produced. This is offset by planting a certain number of trees. (CAP) work with the Woodland Trust to plant trees as they have found them to be the most credible source of tree plantation in the UK, and we also believe that carbon generated in the UK should be offset in the UK.
In the process of transitioning to a plant based diet, if the shoot is on a Monday we ask the caterer to cater ‘Meat Free Monday’.
At a minimum, caterers are asked to offer 50/50 vegetarian/meat options with an emphasis on seasonal, sustainable, Fairtrade, local and palm oil free products.
Any leftover food from catering or props is made available at the end of the day to be taken home by anyone, or delivered to organisations that provide meals to groups such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, centres for veterans and organisations that assist people with alcohol or drug addictions.
We work with organisations including City Harvest, Trussell Food Bank and the food sharing app, Olio.
We use Ocado’s green delivery slots wherever possible which saves on fuel and emissions.
We ask caterers to supply real plates and cutlery wherever possible or compostable alternatives such Vegware. This includes cups for hot drinks.
All shoot attendees are requested to bring a reusable coffee cup.
We request that caterers provide sauces, sugar, coffee etc in bottles/bulk containers rather than in individual sachets and to not provide plastic straws.
We provide organic, ethically sourced Caffetiere coffee as well as Grind coffee pods. Grind coffee pods are better than Fairtrade certified and are made of 100% compostable bio-plastic.
On international shoots we include a voluntary donation of 5% of the total flight costs in our budget. We match this donation with a 5% contribution of our team's flight costs to our client’s preferred organisation;
- Carbonfund.org supports third-party validated and verified renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally, that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.
- Onetreeplanted.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides re-forestation projects in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia. For every dollar donated a tree is planted.
- Treesforcities.org Trees for Cities are the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities, whether it’s revitalising forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments or getting people excited about growing, foraging and eating healthy food.
POLYSTYRENE & CORREX:
Polystyrene takes hundreds of years to break down. On our sets we aim for no polystyrene or Correx, the plastic floor protection used in locations.
We ask all attendees to conserve energy and save money by practicing efficient heating and cooling on set – turning off any heating before resorting to air conditioning and vice versa, and switch off any equipment during shooting breaks.
We ask all of teams to go paperless on call sheets, schedules, creative and PPM documents unless absolutely necessary and encourage e-processes with suppliers too (e.g. casting).
If documents do need to be printed we aim to use FSC certified paper with at least 30% recycled content, print double sided and B&W where possible.
RECYCLE AND COMPOST:
Businesses in the UK are legally required to adopt the waste hierarchy, meaning after reducing, reusing and rehoming, as much leftover waste as possible must be recycled and composted.
When shooting in London we use Quantum Waste who collect all waste and compost or recycle at least 90% of it.
We always supply recycling bins at catering, craft tables and on location.
We also ask set designers to ensure all set elements are returned, re-used or recycled where possible.
Office electricity is sourced from a renewable energy supplier.
We also check with studios and locations how much renewable energy they are running on.
In line with COVID-19 guidelines we are reviewing our sustainability transport approach, as Public transport is not recommended.
Anyone who can cycle is encouraged to do so.
We are committed to reducing plastic on set and do not have plastic water bottles on set.
We provide re-usable water bottles and charcoal filtered tap water on all shoots.