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New Fox Initiative Recycles 35mm Films into Clothes

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 17, 2010 at 7:29AM

In a new green initiative, Twentieth Century Fox’s Latin American division will collaborate with Asia’s Grumex World Enterprises to recycle 35mm films and trailers into synthetic fibers that will be used to manufacture clothes, packaging and other products. Having successfully used the operation in Mexico for two years, Fox extended it to Latin America in June 2010 (Brazil, still in the planning phase, will be last to adopt the practice). After Grumex collects the film material in each country, they will shred it and ship it to Hong Kong where specialized machinery treats and transforms it into polyester. Their goal is to recycle over 20,000 films and 35,000 trailers per year.
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In a new green initiative, Twentieth Century Fox’s Latin American division will collaborate with Asia’s Grumex World Enterprises to recycle 35mm films and trailers into synthetic fibers that will be used to manufacture clothes, packaging and other products. Having successfully used the operation in Mexico for two years, Fox extended it to Latin America in June 2010 (Brazil, still in the planning phase, will be last to adopt the practice). After Grumex collects the film material in each country, they will shred it and ship it to Hong Kong where specialized machinery treats and transforms it into polyester. Their goal is to recycle over 20,000 films and 35,000 trailers per year.

The day is nearing when one can answer the question, “What are you wearing?" with "My top is Jennifer’s Body and my skirt is Knight and Day.” At last!

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.