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By Selay Yüksel – July 2022[/ultimate_heading]
The film industry is undoubtedly an indispensable component of the entertainment industry. But to make this industry more sustainable, we need to consider and examine its impact on the environment and climate. While harmful effects of climate change have been apparent for years, the 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, described human-induced climate change manifestly, and called people to act immediately. And measuring this human made impact is the first and one of the important steps to take action and look for better ways and solutions.
Developing clean, renewable energy models with existing technologies e.g., for transportation by using electric and hybrid rental vehicles. And more sustainable fuels, like renewable diesel can be a better option until electric vehicle technologies is fully developed and the infrastructure on sets is regenerated. Also, adoption of LED lighting, energy efficient equipment, like off-grid solar trailers can make huge difference to reduce the environmental impact of production.
Film industry should also consider the costume side of the industry while aiming to adopt more sustainable practices. Glues, spray paints, plastic-based materials being used in the film sets and synthetic materials for the make-ups and costumes. Besides, production and transportation of costumes are other topics should be tackled, these days as the film industry is trying to reduce its carbon footprint.
Using alternative and eco-friendly materials for the costumes can be a solution but we also need to consider of the lifecycle of the costumes. To create a more circular models, costume designers or fashion stylists should think out of the box, choosing to create new styles by using second-hand clothing, upcycling old costumes/garments can be a unique and more creative way. Additionally, using same costumes more than once in different movies can reduce over-production in the industry. With this way, emphasizing sustainability mindset can may reverse overconsumption culture and it enables to understand people to appreciate what they have already rather than to have a new product.