This year, the British Award body which hosts the BAFTA made a bold move to encourage its attendees including A-list Hollywood celebrities to embrace a carbon neutral ceremony.
The red carpet was recycled, goodie bags and single-use plastic banned and replaced with ‘gifting wallets’ made of recycled plastic material with ‘portable’ gifts – a stark contrast to last year where nominees such as Olivia Colman and Lady Gaga were treated to huge goodie bags containing luxury items, beauty products and champagne.
Even celebrities travelling into the UK were encouraged to ‘offset their travel’ as much as possible.
What’s more interesting is the guidelines to promote sustainable red carpet fashion for the very first time!
“The goal is that the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 will be carbon neutral, working towards having a net positive impact on the environment. From travel and food, to branding and materials, BAFTA is ensuring the awards are as sustainable as possible,” a spokesperson told Harper’s Bazaar.
In this regard, the BAFTAs collaborated with the London College of Fashion to create guidelines for an eco-conscious dress code where celebrities who usually arrive in couture gowns were advised to wear gowns which were previously worn, opt for vintage clothing or even rent a gown!
In fact, Joaquin Phoenix who starred in the Joker wore the Stella McCartney tuxedo from the Golden Globes where he famously pledged to wear the same tuxedo for all award shows this season to “reduce waste”.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, popularly known for rewearing outfits every now and then, followed BAFTAs request to “dress sustainably” and wore a dazzling white Alexander McQueen gown with gold embroidery last seen during her 2012 tour to Malaysia, paired with sparkling gold Jimmy Choo pumps.
Other stars who embraced the eco-conscious dress code include Saoirse Ronan in a Gucci gown repurposed from discarded satin fabric and Daisy Ridley in an ethereal Oscar de la Renta dress made with sustainability sourced fabric.
Although it has been reported that the dress code is not mandatory, going green is definitely a step in the right direction as seen in award shows this season.
Food served at award shows were more plant-based with a vegan starter and pudding at the BAFTAs, an all vegan menu previously at the Golden Globes which is expected to continue at the Oscars luncheon.
*Featured image sourced from Daily Mail UK