Theatre Green Book PRODUCTIONS Toolkit – Designing and Making


Workshops Guidance


• 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 information click here.

• 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. Agreements 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

BECTU Sustainable Workplaces