It’s getting to be that time of year again – Hollywood film and television awards shows! With the Academy Awards only a month away, and nominations released just this week, it’s time to consider the greening of the entertainment industry. One innovative “She-EO” is leading the way to greening film and television production sets. Tonya Kay’s companies serve sets for Disney, Fox, Universal and Dreamworks, to name a few. Solid Hollywood’s craft service rental trucks bring “the kitchen you’ve always wanted,” stocked with groceries and supplies from Happy Mandible, to major motion picture or network television sets. The Solid Hollywood trucks come equipped with the following tools to green the set:
- water carts for refilling reusable water bottles at set
- filtered water spout for refilling reusable water bottles at truck
- clearly labeled recycling bins
- composting bins for food scraps and compostable cutlery
- biodiesel-ready electricity generator
- biodiesel-ready truck engine
- LED light bulbs considerably reducing energy consumption
- vegetable oil fueled delivery vans
- compostable flatware and paper product suppliers
- organic, raw vegan, gluten-free and health food shopping experts
- transport for plastic bag and cardboard recycling
- arrangement for soup kitchen pick up of excess food donations
As carbon neutral companies, Solid Hollywood and Happy Mandible donate to reforestation projects through Carbonfund.org. The companies also generously support California’s Performing Animal Welfare Society, the Los Angeles TreePeople.com and Thailand’s ElephantNatureFoundation.org. “I was born green. Environmental activism, volunteer work and health advocacy has been the focus of my personal life for decades. Luckily for me, the film and TV industry are catching up,” says Tonya Kay. “I found Carbonfund.org several years ago when I was looking for a reforestation and alternative fuel project charity for Happy Mandible to donate to. It was easy to choose to donate to these projects through Carbonfund.org for Solid Hollywood as well. I like that with Carbonfund.org, I am not only donating to projects I feel strongly about, but also earning a “carbon neutral” badge of honor, which is simply a way to communicate with my business contacts. As studios now go green, they know that we are already there to support them.” Disney has implemented environmental initiatives as part of its corporate responsibility program, and Fox’s 24 was the first television series to go carbon neutral in one season. Tonya Kay was lucky to have both of her companies on set at these studios for all the sudden green action.
Clients are delighted that Solid Hollywood’s equipment already includes most of their new environmental requests, including water stations (to eliminate plastic water bottles on set by providing a station for refilling personal bottles) and recycling bins. But it wasn’t until studios provided the funding and transport logistics for compost bins that all the companies that comprise the craft service department were able to realize the dream of successfully separating compostables from recycling and landfill refuge. These sustainability-focused changes mark a momentous moment in movie making, and Carbonfund.org is glad to have our partner Tonya Kay on location!