New: Set Material Reuse in Metro Vancouver!

Green Spark Group and Keep it Green Recycling are partnering to provide a service to store and donate set materials to future productions, charities and film schools for reuse.

How it Works:

1)  Drop off your reuseable set materials to Sustainable Lockup

2)  Sustainable Lockup will find homes for others to reuse your materials

3)  Source your materials from the Sustainable Lockup!

It's that simple!  

Help green your production and keep your reusable set materials out of the landfill.  

To find out Drop-off prices and/or to schedule a drop-off, email  Visit and sign up for our mailing list!

Happy Earth Day!

Today is a reminder of what we're working toward every day.  We've made amazing progress on productions and studio lots around the world.  Let's keep it up!  

"We make a product the world can very well do without, a luxury good. And in manufacturing a luxury, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard, not only must we make a great product, but we must do as little harm as possible.”  Chris Carter, Director, Producer, Writer and Creator of The X-Files at the 2016 VIFF Sustainable Production Forum. 

Fox Continues Sustainable Production with Legion!



Sustainable production is on the rise and here is another example from Fox!  We were thrilled to work with Fox again, and this time on Legion, filmed in British Columbia.

Take a look at the case study and exclusive behind-the-scenes video of how Legion incorporated sustainable production practices!

"Legion is the latest in a long tradition of green production at 21CF. The company has worked with production crews across its film and television projects to implement environmental best practices, and previous series such as 24: Live Another Day and The X-Files event series each broke new ground for the industry on waste and recycling. For Legion, Fox once again hired Zena Harris of Green Spark Group, who led similar efforts on The X-Files, to serve as sustainable production coordinator. Harris collaborated with each department, from props to wardrobe to transportation, to set goals around reducing waste, recycling and reusing set materials, and carefully monitoring energy consumption. By both building on the success of previous series and identifying new opportunities for innovation, the crew managed to divert 55% of the waste from landfill, avoid 252 metric tons of CO2 emissions, and collectively save nearly $48,000 USD."



Our 2016 Sustainable Production Journey

As we wind down 2016 we reflect on the sustainable production journey. Here are a few milestones from this past year:

  • Working closely with Kelsey Evans of Keep it Green Recycling – we partnered on a #GreenFilmTip project to make sustainable production tips accessible to our industry, and have collaborated on projects throughout the year.
  • Partnering with EcoSet to make the Vancouver-based Campbell’s commercial zero waste – all in all we diverted 96% of waste from landfill!

  • Diverting materials on feature films for reuse by local non-profits

  • Engaging with Creative BC on strategic planning to reinvigorate Reel Green  

  • Working with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) to produce the Sustainable Production Forum, a first-of-its-kind in North America! (highlight reel)

  • Collaborating with the Vancouver Economic Commission on a session at the Sustainable Production Forum – Myth busting! A hit session that debunked myths about sustainable production and brought together the local green economy with the creative economy

  • Consulting on a TV series to integrate sustainable production practices in all departments

  • Engaging with motion picture industry organizations and broader stakeholders to advance sustainable production industry-wide.

As we look to 2017, a few areas we are eager to make more of a difference in are carbon emission reduction, food donations, training and education and stakeholder collaboration.


Here’s to a green 2017!

MPA Member Companies Going Green in Canada and Around the World

Photo credit: MPA Canada

Photo credit: MPA Canada

The six member companies of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. individually and voluntarily take on a wide variety of green initiatives throughout the entire year. MPA-Canada has compiled highlights of how each of the studios are bringing green-friendly policies to practice. These are broken down into three streams: Sustainability at the Studios, Sustainable Productions, and Leadership in Global Awareness.

It is important to highlight positive sustainable production practices happening in our industry. Thank you MPA-Canada for this initiative!

First-Ever Sustainable Production Forum at VIFF!

On Friday October 7th 180 people from the creative industry and green economy gathered to talk sustainable production at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).  This unprecedented event was the start of a multi-year series at VIFF to focus on how to push the dial on sustainability in the motion picture industry and make our entertainment in a more environmentally friendly way.

Speakers this year included representatives from Sony Pictures, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. Entertainment, BAFTA, Connect4Climate, Fechner Media, Creative BC, Earth Angel, Green Spark Group, Keep it Green Recycling, Vancouver Economic Commission and the Vancouver green economy!

Here's the sizzle reel with session videos to be released in the coming weeks.

Campbell's Zero Waste Commercial

EcoSet partnered with local sustainability company Green Spark Group to manage the environmental-responsibility initiatives for a Campbell's commercial filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.  

Highlights from the shoot

In 3 shoot days, we...

  • Recovered 96% (1,212 lbs) of discarded materials, with only 45 lbs of waste sent to landfill
  • Avoided the use of over 600 single-use plastic water bottles
  • Recycled 259 lbs of plastics, metal, glass, paper, cardboard and other materials
  • Collected 835 lbs food waste and plant-based disposable products for organics recycling*
  • Recovered 38 lbs of discarded materials for reuse and re-purposing in the local community
  • Donated 80 lbs food to Squamish Helping Hands Society 

*Organics recycling keeps food waste and other plant-based materials out of the landfill, which reduces methane emissions from the decomposition process. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that traps heat in our atmosphere

Read the full case study!

VIFF IMPACT: Sustainability and Awards!

VIFF 2016 will be bold. This year VIFF is re-framing we see the world and offering a bold new line up under its Impact stream.

This year they're featuring a Sustainable Production Forum, a first-of-its-kind one-day event that will lay the groundwork to showcase Vancouver as a world-class destination for sustainable screen-based industry production.The Sustainable Production Forum presented by Creative BC will be a day of inspiration and learning about trends and the next phase of opportunities to further sustainable production. 

Additionally, in its second year, the VIFF Industry Builder Award Presented by BC Creates, recognizes a key contributor to British Columbia's creative industries. With a growing focus on sustainability in production and content creation across the industry, this year's award is proudly presented to Chris Carter for his exemplary sustainable production of the Vancouver-shot The X-Files. Carter will accept the award on October 7 at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon. BC Creates is a communications initiative established by creative industries stakeholders to celebrate and engage British Columbia in the story of the Province's vibrant creative economy.


Climate Action: Where are we now?

From,  Shutterstock Samot

From, ShutterstockSamot

Leaders came together in December at COP21 in Paris to talk about climate change, challenges and policy. 

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), who led the recent COP 21 climate talks in Paris shares “The Inside Story of the Paris Climate Agreement” at TED Vancouver in February 2016.

Where are we now?

Today leaders of over 150 countries gather in New York to sign the Paris Agreement at a high-level signing ceremony.   “The Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 12 December 2015. In the Agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Lauren Helper from Green Biz sums up “The 5 biggest shifts since the Paris climate talks.”

The world is watching and all sectors are mobilizing.

Happy Earth Day!