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Going Greener

In a bid to do our part with helping the planet become healthier for all living life, we’re announcing our environmental policies for you to read as we make changes in our working world so we can do our part.

We use a certified waste disposal company to take care of all office wastage and we separate recyclables and non recyclables in house using our recyclable waste bins. We also entirely dispose all of our batteries, from AA types to V-Lock style, into a specific battery recycling program via a certified battery recycling partner.

In an effort to make the planet greener, we are going to try and reduce the number of single use AA batteries in our kits. To do this, from December 1st 2019 we will start charging for each battery used or not returned to us still sealed.  We want to promote you using your own rechargeable batteries to help the environment. We will still supply batteries with any of our equipment that requires them, but there will be a 50p per battery surcharge for each battery used. We will then donate 90% of that charge to the World Land Trust to go towards planting new trees.

Our energy supply is largely based on the building infrastructure so unfortunately it’s not possible for us to create renewable energy such as solar etc however but where possible we have LED lighting or energy saving light bulbs in place. We turn off all possible lights and PC’s when not in use to lower our Carbon Footprint.

We have upgraded our delivery vehicle to meet the Ultra Low Emission requirements. This was done in part with the scrappage scheme from TFL to improve the air quality within London.

We currently wrap our items before dispatch to prove equipment has been properly checked. From December 31st, our wrapping material will be biodegradable.

We are steadily increasing the number of LED lighting kits, and decreasing the number of standard bulb lighting kits in our equipment rental service.

Since 2018 we have halved our printing needs with paper dispatch notes, and hope to go fully paper free with regards to dispatch notes in 2020.

The Alias In-house Studio

How’s it gone so far?

By Mark Wilson – Ops Manager

Towards the end of 2018, we embarked on a new venture for Alias by turning our training room into a multi-purpose room. It continues to be our training space for the courses run by our Alias Academy department but what we have done is created a wide open space for use as a photography and filming studio. Now don’t get me wrong, we haven’t been able to soundproof the room as of yet which means drama scenes won’t work. But if you are wanting to do some product filming or photography then this room is perfect. We created a large white background wall but the room is more than large enough to use a 12ft colorama for use as a backdrop. Photography is a doddle in this room. We have 2 windows in the room with black out blinds which allows you to be able to control the light with your own lighting systems, or lights from our hire department if required. Which leads me on to one of the big plus points for why our studio clients like using our room. Having a fully equipped camera and lighting hire company on site is a big plus. If you have forgotten to bring something or need that little bit extra, then not having to wait for an hour for more to kit to arrive is a real bonus. We also offer 25% discount off rate card for any of our equipment hired for use within the studio.

Being based on Well Street in East London, we are surrounded by other photography studios but we never launched this studio to take over the world. We made the decision to create this in-house studio so that we can offer that little bit more to our existing client base and potentially meet some new photographers and videographers along the way. We often have clients come in and spend time with us so we are no stranger to hospitality but what we wanted to do was create a space for those using the studio where they can chill out and not have to worry about the day to day operation of a hire company that is going on around them. So we created the Green Room, a space solely for those using the studio where they can prep or relax. The room features a desk, sofa, ironing board and iron, steamer and makeup mirror.

We are proud of the room we have created and the feedback from those who have used the studio has been very positive, but we know there is plenty of room to grow. It’s going to be an exciting year for us and our studio. The experience has been good so far and we don’t expect that to change. We’re very happy for visitors to come by and see the Studio before committing to hiring it to make sure it is exactly what they want. So if you are interested, then book in a time and pop by and see us in our Hackney office.

You can find out more about our photography studio details here

DJI Ronin Available to Hire

The DJI Ronin is now available to hire from Alias Hire in London. This amazing 3 axis gimbal system works perfectly with everything from Canon C300 to the Red Epic. Use it as a handheld system or on a movable rig; the DJI Ronin allows you to have the smoothest of movements. Made from precision machined aircraft-grade aluminum, the Ronin offers the durability to withstand rugged use on set and meets the high demand for reliability.

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