Anne Hathaway wants the film industry to go zero waste

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Anne Hathaway has called upon the film industry to implement zero waste policies on set.

The actress was recently interviewed by environmentalist and zero waste advocate Lauren Singer for InStyle, in which Hathaway revealed she was drawn to the zero waste movement after becoming a mother (Hathaway welcomed son Jonathan in 2016 and is currently pregnant with her second child).

“I grew up in the ’80s and filling your house with new stuff was a big thing,” says Hathaway, “but now, as a mom, it’s important to me that products I buy don’t end up as something my son trips over in the future and says, 'What the eff is that? Why is that here?'”

In the interview, Hathaway calls out the film industry’s waste generation, revealing she is now planning to make zero waste demands in her Hollywood film contracts.

“I want to talk about how we can rebound the motion picture industry, because it’s one of the worst polluters on the planet,” says Hathaway.

“While working on The Hustle, I noticed disposable coffee cups, plastic water bottles, idling trucks, and food waste. When I finished the film, my family and I went zero waste. I’m actually putting together an environmental rider too.”

Anne adds, “I think while we're trying to put pressure on industries to do a better job of not putting toxic products that are terrible for the environment out there in the first place, the best thing we can do is take responsibility where we can.

“I see these opportunities where I'm just like, okay, you get everyone a zero waste kit at the beginning of a film. And we hire environmental PA’s or something to maintain the kits and use reusable coffee cups for all of us, for example, when they go on runs,” Hathaway says.

“Now I say if you can remember your keys and phone in the morning, you can remember a reusable coffee cup and water bottle.”

Hathaway went on to admit that leading a zero waste lifestyle can seem overwhelming to outsiders.

“I’m never going to be the mason-jar girl. But I do feel a oneness with things that I haven’t felt before – even when I was a vegan,” she says. “Still, people looking in at a zero-waste lifestyle probably think it seems arduous.”


Hathaway has started posting about zero waste on her Instagram feed of late, such as this recent post where she discusses the link between First World privilege and leading a zero waste lifestyle.

“I am conflicted about blithely touting a zero waste lifestyle here because I know so much of my ability to even attempt it rests on my privilege.

“I feel it’s borderline obnoxious for me to promote this lifestyle like everyone has the same access to it that I have – I mean, reusable water bottles are great but not when you live in a community with unsafe drinking water. Buying bulk is not an option when you live in a food desert and have no time.

“Access is not the same for everyone, and yet I can’t deny that committing to living this way is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“I have never had a perfect zero waste day. I will never fit five years of trash in a mason jar, but I am not mindlessly filling up landfills at the rate I was either. Just offering my best gives me something to feel good about and, over time, my best has gotten better. No one can do everything but almost everyone can do something.

“Have you tried adopting any zero waste habits? What’s working for you?”