Theatre Green Book PRODUCTIONS Toolkit – Designing and Making


Making Sustainable Sets and Scenery

Sustainable Making: Principles

Making sets and scenery sustainably means:

• Achieving Green Book targets for reuse an recycling

• Sourcing new materials sustainably

• Avoiding harmful materials

• Using modular framing and construction wherever possible

• Making in such a way that sets and scenery can be easily disassembled and their components and materials re-used

Making for Disassembly

• Common fastening methods, like spot welding, strong adhesives and nail plates may be quick and easy to assemble, but make it hard to disassemble and reuse materials

• Making for disassembly means:

– simple product structure

– modular design and components

– reversible methods of fastening

– improve the ease of part/component separation

– consideration for easy recognition of disassembly point

– dismantling without force

– easy to access cluster of contaminating materials prior to mechanical separation

– clear labelling of parts

– drawings and instructions to track how to disassemble

• Making for disassembly requires the maker to think in advance how the component will be disassembled. The five most commonly reported sources of complexity in disassembly operations are:

– accessibility by hand or tool

– the positioning position required by hand or tool

– the force required

– the range of non standard tools required

– the base time required to complete the task

• Design for materials to be used as full sheets, minimising the need to cut and shape boards to bespoke sizes that are not well suited for future usage. Standard sizes are easier to reuse.

• Use a minimised number of uniform mechanical connections that can be easily separated or disjoined. This includes snap fit fasteners and removable screws or nails instead of glues and staples.

Workshops Specialising in Sustainable Making:

Footprint Scenery
Marmoset Construction




Future Materials Bank