Hollywood tends to be associated more with gold than green – that is, until now. A set builder is claiming to have designed the world’s first completely sustainable set for an American sitcom.
The Emmy-nominated show Raising Hope is about a man becoming a single-parent after the woman he had a one-night stand with is put on death row.
In a two part scene based in a hotel room (pictured), the cast acted in a specially-built set made out of special panels of recycled wood and paper fibres.
Key parts of the fake hotel room – from the panel sections, walls and ceiling pieces – were custom built in San Diego by clean manufacturing company NOBLE Environmental Technologies (NET), then shipped delivered to Los Angeles.
The show’s producers 20th Century Fox also committed to using environmentally friendly paint, wallpaper, glue and carpet.
The sitcom’s Art Director John Zachary said he hopes this leads to more environmentally friendly set construction: “The ongoing use of tropical hardwoods in set construction is an environmental tragedy and this experiment provided a cost efficient alternative to unsustainable forest products.”
Robert Noble, sustainable design architect and inventor who founded NET said: “This is just the beginning of what ECOR can do for the entertainment industry.”