Theatre Green Book One Toolkit – Designing and Making

 

13. Workshops Guidance

General

• Switch to a renewables energy supplier.

• Reduce energy use in lighting and heating. The best tariffs are 100% renewable electricity, all of which is generated by or for the supplier, not just traded under REGO certification. For more info, go to: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/09/how-green-is-your-energy-tariff/

• Minimise the carbon footprint due to transport / deliveries. Try to keep suppliers as local as possible. Make single large orders to reduce deliveries.

• Have separate waste bins in the workshop for recycling/general rubbish.

• Support good waste disposal practices. Agreement with suppliers can be signed where equipment can be returned to be repurposed and refurbished.

• Use electric tools only, with rechargeable batteries or mains connection.

• Use painting wash-up units that separate reusable washing water from wastewater.

• Use water-based paints with low VOC content.

• Avoid environmentally harmful detergents, like 1,4-Dioxane, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Bleach and Formaldehyde. Look for Eco-label certification or similar.

• Discourage the use of polystyrene, polycarbonate/acrylic and PVC tapes.

Metal workshop

• Only use water based cutting fluid.

Other Useful Resources

https://www.bectuartdepartment.co.uk/what-we-do/work-groups/sustainability