Netflix and... Learn!Ok, they are not all available on Netflix, but you can still educate yourself on sustainability from your couch while sipping a glass of wine! Get ready to add these sustainability documentaries to your watch list and inspire your zero waste journey.
1. Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (2013)
Journalist/filmmaker, surfer and scuba diver Angela Sun transformed an adventure into an independent documentary. Sun travels to Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on earth, that has become the ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way, she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who enlighten on the effects of plastic pollution.
Portrait passionately and engagingly, Plastic Paradise opens our eyes to the consequences of plastic consumerism for our health and environment.
This doco is available on Amazon, Itunes or you can buy the download here.
2. The True Cost (2015)
This eye-opening documentary examines the fast fashion industry and its impact on the health and well-being of workers, consumers, and communities around the world. The True Cost dissects the garment supply chain, every step of the way, from cotton farming and underpaid factory workers to the final consumers who view cheap clothing as disposable items, creating large scale pollution in developing countries.
You can watch The True Cost on Netflix or here.
3. Minimalism: a Documentary about the Important Things (2015)
This thought-provoking documentary does more than explaining the concept and exploring what it means to adopt the minimalist lifestyle. It scrutinises the global consumerism culture and the waste it produces.
Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share their journey as they drastically reduce their possessions and stick strictly to their basic needs.
From designers, and musicians, to entrepreneurs, authors, and families, this sustainable living documentary interviews a range of people who have embraced the minimalist lifestyle and explores their varied motivations for doing so.
You can watch the full documentary on Netflix, iTunes, or Amazon Prime Video.
4. The Story of Plastic (2019)
Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our oceans and poisoning communities around the world. Meanwhile, Big Plastic only plans to expand production.
Presenting a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global pollution crises and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it, The Story Of Plastic also exposes the ugly truth behind plastic recycling's false solution.
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The Story of Plastic is available to watch on the subscription DiscoveryGo streaming service, for rent on Amazon, on Apple TV, and Xfinity video-on-demand.
5. Seaspiracy (2021)
The shocking Netflix documentary went viral for a reason. It dives deep into the impact of commercial fishing and its connections with ocean destruction.
Directed by Ali Tabrizi, a British filmmaker passionate about ocean life, and produced by Kip Anderson, director of plant-based diet documentaries Cowspiracy and What the Health, the groundbreaking Seaspiracy unveils the truth behind the so-called "sustainable finishing" and expose the harm that it does to marine species.
"This film will radically transform the way we think and act on ocean conservation forever. It is time we focus our ecological and ethical concerns on our seas and its inhabitants" - says Tabrizi.
I if you care about sustainability, human rights, global corruption and climate change this is an absolute must-watch.
You can watch Seaspiracy here.
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