Sustainable living is explained. ‘A lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s society’s use of the earth’s natural and personal resources’. Methods of reducing a person’s carbon footprint include altering methods of transportation. energy consumption and diet. People who strive for a sustainable lifestyle aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with the earth’s natural cycles. As an introduction to sustainable living, we have compiled a list of our top 7 sustainable living documentaries to help motivate and educate you. These documentaries cover a variety of factors and challenges to help you start thinking about your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle.
A Plastic Ocean
(2016) 1 Hour 40 Mins
One of the more eye-opening sustainable living documentaries. Directed by Journalist and Filmmaker Craig Lesson. A Plastic Ocean was first shown at the 24th London Raindance Film Festival and is now available to watch on Netflix.
The footage acknowledges the pretty shocking truth about the plastic in our oceans. Causing pollution and a disturbing potential health hazard to humankind. It offers education on the damaging effects of plastic. It inspires with stunning marine-life shots. And an exploration into counterbalancing social enterprises and technology.
Featuring shots of environmental activist Tanja Streeter free diving with Blue Whales and coverage of the Obama/Sir David Attenborough Interview.
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Forks Over Knives
(2011) 1 Hour 36 Mins
A comprehensive review of the increasingly popular plant-based diet – veganism.
This documentary favours the opinion that degenerative diseases can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Billions of pounds are spent each year on major medical operations and prescription drugs treating diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. Is a change in diet the key to healthy living?
Directed and written by Lee Fulkerson. Featuring medical opinions from Dr Matthew Ledderman M.D, Dr Alona Pulde M.D, Dr T. Colin Campbell Ph.D. and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. M.D.
Before the Flood
(2016) 1 Hour 36 Min
Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary film about climate change. Directed by Fisher Stevens, notably featuring Hollywood famous Leonardo DiCaprio amongst the producers. It delves into the nitty gritty exploring the past, present and future state of our planet. It stars and is narrated by Leo himself.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016, and was thereafter released in theatres before airing on the National Geographic Channel. As part of National Geographic’s commitment to covering climate change, the documentary was made widely available and free of charge on various platforms like You Tube and Netflix.
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
(2015) 1 Hour 19 Min
How might your life be better with less?
‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things’ examines the many levels of minimalism and looks inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life. These characters include families, entrepreneurs, architects and scientists, showing how this way of life can be pursued by anyone.
The documentarians Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are a pair of American authors, podcasters, filmmakers and public speakers who began pursuing their minimalist lifestyle in 2010. The documentary follows the changes and significant improvements to their quality of life that have been made as a result.
After the documentaries successful theatrical run, Minimalism, the #1 indie documentary of 2016, is now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Movies.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
(2014) 1 Hour 25 Min
Cowspiracy is a feature length environmental documentary. Following filmmaker Kip Anderson as he seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and a true path to sustainability.
In the documentary, Kip delves into Animal Agriculture which is claimed to be the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution (the list goes on). It is a shocking, yet humorous documentary that reveals the devastating environmental impact that large-scale factory farming has on the planet. It offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
The documentary features a number of leading Doctors, Authors, Scientists and key Industry Figures to discuss the issues at hand. Cowspiracy is currently available to stream on Netflix or available on DVD.
What the Health
(2017) 1 Hour 37 Min
What the Health is the follow up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. This film looks into the so-called collusion and corruption within the US government and leading blue-chip businesses. Which as a result are costing the US trillions of healthcare dollars whilst continuing to make the population ‘sick’.
We chose this as one of our top sustainable living documentaries as it provides an insight into Kip Anderson’s journey of discovery to uncover what could be the largest health secret of our time including the collusion between industry, government, pharmaceutical and health organisations.
Featuring interviews and facts from some of the world’s leading experts in the industry. What the Health is a surprising investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about the world’s health and the influences big business have on it.
What the Health is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary
(2015) 1 Hour 8 Min
Our final recommendation on our list of top sustainable living documentaries is the Tiny House Documentary. It follows four people as they build their own tiny houses in pursuit of a mortgage-free lifestyle. Discovering that living tiny is about so much more than just the house.
It must be noted that this documentary has a low rating on IMDB. However it has made our list due to the fact it not only shows the process of building your own tiny house, but it also reveals the reality of the challenge at hand.
Matt Hickman (cast member) says “This documentary shows that tiny house building isn’t the proverbial walk in the park that it’s often made out to be. It’s hard. And it’s in discussing these hardships that Small is Beautiful – a rare and incredibly poignant documentary about small living that manages to choke you up – really shines.”
This independently made documentary looks at the honest and vulnerable side of people choosing to build their own tiny house. Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is currently available to stream on Netflix.