Series 1 of WA$TED! won the FRAPA/C21 Best Observational Format Award at MIPCOM, the Supreme EECA EnergyWise Award, NZ government's Green Ribbon Award, the NZ Sustainable Business Network Innovation Award and is now screening in over 10 countries worldwide.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH & INTEGRITY
The producers of WA$TED! partner with Landcare Research and EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) to provide well researched and sound environmental information in the series.
WA$TED!'s research team worked with the environmental and scientific community to assess commonly quoted eco information to determine if it was accurate and could be included in the series.
The mammoth and dirty task of collecting & auditing each of the WA$TED! families' rubbish led to some unusual discoveries that will be exposed throughout the series.
The producers gratefully thank the financial support of the Sustainability team
at the Ministry for the Environment which has been used to ensure the accuracy
and credibility of information in the series.
GREENING BEHIND THE SCENES
The WA$TED! production team considered the environment at every possible step in making the series. Some of the great green stuff the team implemented included:
- using a Honda hybrid vehicle for the production car www.honda.co.nz
- purchasing the greenest possible electronic equipment
- purchasing quality second hand office equipment that will last
- using a Fuji Xerox printer that prints double sided and recycles cartridges
- using green suppliers e.g. carbon neutral couriers
- re-using props and tape stock from the first series
- when replacing light bulbs using energy efficient ones
- using travel mugs to avoid takeaway coffee cups
- office and location recycling and composting
- recycling DVDs and CDs disks
- crew carpooling
- buying recycled paper and toilet paper
- composting and recycling all of the waste collected from the households featured in the show
The carbon dioxide emissions created by the energy and fuel the WA$TED! production did consume were reduced where possible and the remaining unavoidable emissions were offset with the purchase of EBEX21 carbon credits through the CarboNZero Programme