Not gonna lie, we are quite obsessed with documentaries and we KNOW that we are not the only ones... Watching a good documentary is a great way to learn about a topic you find interesting and we are guessing that you would like to learn more about climate change and sustainability since you've clicked on this blog post - great!
We have made a list of some of our favorite documentaries about climate change and choices we face daily that impact the Earth like what we eat, what we wear and what we spend our money on. Watch at least one of these impactful documentaries and we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be inspired to take action and think twice about how you live your life.
We have included trailers of all the documentaries and information about where you can watch them, so grab a snack, get comfy and start your documentary-marathon!
1. A Plastic Ocean
'A Plastic Ocean' is an award-winning and eye-opening documentary directed by the Australian journalist and filmmaker Craig Leeson who, together with the free-diver Tanya Streeter, investigates the devastating consequences of human behavior and plastic pollution around the world. The film documents the impact that plastic littering has on our oceans and marine life as well as the harmful effects it has on human health.
Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
The director of the documentary '2040', Damon Gameau, is determined to search for solutions to climate change rather than focusing on the problems. Worried about her young daughter Zoe's future, he travels worldwide to uncover what can be done to solve global warming over the next 20 years.
This documentary is different from many other climate-related documentaries as it has a very positive approach to one of the world's biggest problems, making it interesting and uplifting.
Available on Itunes and Google Play.
3. The True Cost
'The True Cost' sheds light on the environmental problems and devastating lack of human rights in the fashion industry, that perhaps not many people are aware of.
The documentary uses the personal experiences of garment workers to call attention to the horrible conditions that thousands of workers face in the garment industry every single day. The film mainly blames 'fast fashion' brands such as Topshop, H&M, Forever 21 and Zara for these inhuman conditions, as the power these big brands have over their manufacturers means that corners are cut, prices are squeezed and workers are suffering just to keep clothing for Western consumers cheap, abundant and constantly changing.
It is a truly touching and eye-opening documentary that will completely change the way you look at your wardrobe.
Available on https://truecostmovie.com/ and Amazon Prime Video.
The authors of two best-selling books about minimalism, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, share the ways in which our lives can be improved by living with less stuff in their fascinating documentary 'Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things'.
The film explores the different ways that different types of people are attempting to live simpler and more meaningful lives with less and their motivations for doing so - from architects, designers and musicians to businessmen, authors and families.
Even though the main focus of the documentary is to make us reflect on the true value of material items and learn us how to live a minimalist lifestyle for a happier life, it also looks at the global crisis of consumerism, the waste it produces, and the harmful effects it has on us as humans. Like all great documentaries, 'Minimalism' looks at the bigger picture!
Available on Netflix, Itunes, Google Play, Vimeo, Amazon Prime Video and https://minimalismfilm.com/.
5. Before the flood
'Before the Flood' is a documentary presented by National Geographic, that follows Leonardo DiCaprio and his team on a three-year journey around the world to witness climate change firsthand and learn more about possible ways to prevent extreme damage that could make our planet unsustainable for human life.
During his journey, he also speaks with highly influential figures such as the President of the United States at the time Barack Obama, Pope Francis and tech innovator Elon Musk.
Available on Youtube Movies, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play.
6. Just eat it
This award-winning documentary is one of the best portrayals of food waste in today’s society in our opinion! The film follows the Vancouver-based couple, Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer, as they attempt to eat only food that is going to be thrown out, for the entire duration of six months.
'Just Eat It' also explores the general obsession there is with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the damaging consequences those ways of thinking have across the world.
The documentary features clips of consumers, farmers, retailers and organizations who all who provide their perspective on the topic.
Available on Amazon Prime Video and Itunes.
Have you watched any of these? Which one is your favorite? Also, let us know if we have missed some of your favorite documentaries so we can add them to our list!