We are delighted to have been included in a very important article about the waste created in the making of TV shows. PropUp Project was spotlighted in industry magazine, Broadcast, as an innovative approach to the problem. It’s crucial that these conversations are being had and not swept under the studio floor (so to speak!) and we will continue to help production companies make a positive change.

See full article here.

30th January 2023

Sustainibility comes to the fore in production

We’re thrilled to announce that a recent selection of props have found a new home! Instead of ending up in a landfill, these hand puppets have been given a second chance at life. They’ve been rehomed at the Little Angel Theatre, where they’ll continue to bring joy and entertainment to audiences.

By diverting these props from the landfill, we’ve also achieved some carbon savings. In this case, the saving was around 4kg CO2e.

The Little Angel Theatre is a wonderful recipient for this donation. They’re dedicated to creating and sharing puppetry performances that inspire and delight audiences of all ages. These puppets will be in good hands and will be put to brilliant use in their productions.

Our Mission

At our organisation, we’re always on the lookout for more items to give a second life. We believe that every little bit helps when it comes to reducing waste and making a positive impact on the environment.

But why is it so important to divert items from landfills? Landfills are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. When organic waste decomposes in landfill, it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is 28 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

By diverting items from landfills, we’re not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but we’re also conserving resources. Many items that end up in landfills could be reused or recycled, which would save energy and reduce the need for new resources.

To sum up, we’re delighted that these hand puppets have found a new home at the Little Angel Theatre. We’ll continue to work towards reducing waste and making a positive impact on the environment. If you have any items that you’d like to donate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

hand puppets on their way to new home

Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to all the props used in film and TV productions once they’ve served their purpose? Sadly, many of them end up in landfill, contributing to the massive amount of waste that we generate. But that’s where PropUp comes in! We’re dedicated to rescuing props and materials from the film and TV industry to reduce landfill waste and promote sustainability. This time a resold comedy costume delights residents of a care home.

Recently, we were able to save a large penguin costume from a TV production, which we resold to a care home on eBay. The sale not only saved the costume from ending up in a landfill, but also resulted in a carbon saving of approximately 12kg CO2e. We understand that this saving alone isn’t enormous, but it’s all part of the work that we do to make a difference.

The financial return from the sale of the penguin costume enables PropUp to reach more partners to rescue more props and materials from the film and TV industry. This is just one example of how we can all work together to promote a more sustainable future.

The recipient of the costume was thrilled with their purchase, and told us that the residents at the care home would love the outfit as part of their celebrations for National Penguin Day. It’s heartwarming to know that our work not only helps to reduce waste, but also brings joy to others.

We can help you too!

At PropUp, we’re always on the lookout for more items to save from the jaws of a skip. By recycling and reselling props and materials, we can all do our part to promote sustainability and reduce landfill waste. So if you have any items that you think we might be able to use, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Together, we can make a difference!

Saved penguin costume modelled by care home worker: resold comedy costume delights residents

This is the legend, Troy, who runs an incredible initiative which offers vulnerable groups realistic employment opportunities and practical training. We sent Troy some of our weird and wonderful props for the young people in his enterprise to sell on his market stall:

Here’s what Troy had to say: 
“The young people I work with really appreciated the donated items which they sold on the market. It has been a real pleasure working with PropUp… They’ve helped out immensely and have gone above and beyond each and every time.” 

Just when we think we can’t find a home for everything, an idea hits us and a beautiful story emerges… Like finding a prop art piece of The Last Supper the week before Easter which, after a quick phone call, found a new home at the altar of a local church.

It’s not often we stumble upon projects like this just at the right time… We managed to help furnish and decorate a space for Lambeth Domiciliary Care Workers to rest and socialise between shifts, all with items left from a TV show.

We like to be ‘yes’ people here at PropUp so, when an office clear was on the cards, we welcomed the job with open arms and, like magic, the furniture was transported to a school staff room desperately in need of a new lease of life.

Head Teacher Mrs Horwood said: “Thank you so much for the amazing desk that you donated to our school. Through COVID, and now a major building project, the staff have not had a space to work, so this desk will be happily placed in the new staff room!” 

The story of how one prop can make a huge difference. A Production Company had a couple of guitars kicking about their production office dreaming of being tuned up and played. We linked them to a fantastic charity in West London who support single father’s and their children, and it inspired something great. With those two guitars, Dads House now run music classes for their clients.

Billy at Dads House said: “The guitars have been a fantastic addition to Dads House. We often talk about quite serious issues, [and] after these chats, it’s lovely to take the guitar out and have a sing along… I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the team at PropUp.” 

Sometimes a storage unit clear-out isn’t quite enough and, at the end of a nine-series hit detective drama, only an ‘Everything Must Go’ public sale will do!

A perfect example of why PropUp make every effort to donate items where they are…

Under 500 metres from a storage unit we were clearing, we connected to an incredible organisation that operates a surplus foodbank and re-use centre for local residents. Life After Hummus is a tour de force and the pillar of the local community. We’d struck gold meeting the wonderful Farrah (who runs the meticulous operation!) and managed to pass on clothes, toys, furnishings, stationery and much more to fill up the shelves and rails in their ‘Room of Things’. And to top it all off, we wheeled and walked everything over, preventing cars or vans polluting the London air! 

Farrah said: “PropUp Project has managed to divert ‘waste’ to support the local community and bring a smile to many families who are struggling. We are in unprecedented times and projects such as this are much needed. Thank you to Emma and Kate and thank you to the production companies for opening up their hearts to the local communities.”