Today I was a Support Artist (a.k.a. an Extra) again. In my attempts to reduce waste in an industry that generally places convenience first, I have been bringing my own supplies to the film set. Armed with cutlery, re-usable coffee cup and Tupperware containers I had previously come away with a few extra plastic containers that I could re-use. So how did I fare this time around?
Happily, I was able to improve on the previous effort. For breakfast I filled my Tupperware container with cereal and milk and enjoyed a cup of tea from my reusable cup. I also used the tea point to top up on liquids throughout the day. Lunch was a problem last time as the main course is provided in a plastic container. I decided to ask for the salad option (pulses with cheese and carrots) in my container, and the caterer obliged. I then asked if I could have the desert from my other container and was delighted when she not only served me a good portion but complemented my efforts.
So it can be done. I came home having used only what I brought to set. If more SAs do this, the culture can slowly be changed to one of reduce and reuse of plastic.