Warner Bros. Launches Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle Initiative

Making Stories Sustainably  / Posted on November 18, 2019

Warner Bros. announced the launch of an initiative focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic water bottles used across the lot. The initiative, which was announced during Earth Week 2019, states that departments will no longer be able to purchase single-use plastic water bottles. Sustainability has always been a priority at WB and with this initiative we are reinforcing our commitment to the environment in a tangible way.

Plastic has become a huge harm to our environment as many materials that were once recyclable often ending up in landfills. According to Fast Company and the Ocean Conservancy, the world uses almost 500 billion plastic bottles per year and 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans yearly. National Geographic states that out of all that plastic, 91% isn’t recycled.  Reuse and waste reduction are now more important than ever. This initiative may seem like a small change, but it will ultimately make a big difference on our environment. We are proud that our studio is continuing to do our part for the environment as we “Crush Plastic” with this new initiative.

“Reusable water bottles directly reduce plastic waste and are a visible reminder that our daily, collective efforts make a big difference. “
Mike Slavich - Director, Sustainability

To prepare for the launch of the policy, “Bling Your Bottle” tables were stationed around the Burbank lot to encourage employees and guests to bring their reusable water bottles everywhere they go—to the office, to the set or to the meeting. At each table employees and guests were greeted with stickers, stencils, and paint pens to customize their bottles in their own unique style.

WB hosted “Cruise to Reuse” for employees across the Burbank lot to celebrate launch of this new initiative and strengthen our company-wide commitment to keeping plastic out of the oceans. At the event, over 800 WB employees listened to the smooth sounds of Yachty by Nature, enjoyed tropical treats, and learned reusable life hacks to reduce plastic waste at home and the office. As employees enjoyed the event under LED lights, they were also reminded of our company responsibility to good environmental stewardship.

For over 30 years, WB has been committed to environmental sustainability, but this policy allows us to make a day-to-day impact on the environment. To learn more about our sustainable practices, visit our Making Stories Sustainably page.