Stay Green at the Movies

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Green Tip

During the summer, I love going to the movies. I’ve been eyeing what’s coming out this month, and as I plan my next trip, I started thinking… How can I make sustainable choices at the movie theater?

It might seem impossible, but here are a few of my ideas:

Let’s start with how you get there. Most of the time, we’re meeting friends and family, so if it’s possible, organize a carpool and cut down on travel-related carbon emissions.

Once you’re at the theater, if you can resist the popcorn and candy, good for you! (You’ll have to tell me how you do that.) If you’re like me though and want a snack, try not to be tempted by the prices. Most movie theaters will try to convince you to buy the larger popcorn or pop because it’s the better deal, but you end up with more food than you really need. All of that extra food and packaging ends up in the landfill. So only purchase what you know you will finish.

And remember, things like empty candy boxes, pop bottles, and paper ticket stubs can be recycled! So if the theater does not offer recycling, take your trash home with you and recycle it there!

Lastly, rest assured that even if you don’t take any steps towards sustainability, movie theaters are. Forbes reported in 2010 that many movie theaters are incorporating eco-friendly popcorn bags, recycled 3D glasses, solar panels, recycling programs, green cleaning products, and more!

I hope you find time to enjoy this summer’s blockbusters!

Contributed by Brooke Lehenbauer