In need of sustainable lifestyle inspiration?
We have put selected movies in a few categories:
- Nature fascination
- Challenges regarding sustainability
- Everyday solutions towards sustainability.
We hope to inspire you to work on your Sustainable New Years Resolutions! Get cosy with friends and family, stay inside, wrap yourself in a blankie and enjoy a documentary of your choice!
The True Cost (2015)
This is a must see. It is quite famous, and probably most people have already seen it. But to those who haven’t: definitely check it out. It will open your eyes to the real impact fast fashion has on our world. May this impact regard the people involved in the production, the people purchasing or the environmental degradation. Ever lower costs of fashion items are often enabled by a drastic growth of human and environmental costs.
You can find The True Cost on Netflix.
GENAAID (2018, Dutch only)
To get a full understanding of the fashion industry, and not only the glamorous sides of it such as design and trends, this documentary lets us follow along these fashion students which you see on the picture. They are being introduced to the production process of fashion products. The students visit and obtain work experience in a textile factory, in the leather industry and the cotton industry.
This is a documentary series which is currently being streamed on Dutch television on NPO3. You can also watch Genaaid online.
I AM, the shift is about to hit the fan (2011)
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve it and the way we live in it, while finding many answers show what is actually right with it. With great wit, warmth, curiosity, and masterful storytelling skills, he reveals what science now tells us is one of the principal truths of the universe, a message that is as simple as it is significant: We are all connected — to each other and to everything around us.
You can find this documentary on Amazon Prime
InnSaei – The Power of Intuition (2016)
Known thinkers and spiritualists discuss the Icelandic concept of innsæi, which enables humans to connect through empathy and intuition. A soul-searching, global journey to uncover the art of connecting within today’s world of distraction, disconnection and stress. ”The Documentary was absolutely stunning…” – Letterboxed
You can find InnSaei on Netflix.
The Lottery of Birth (2012)
Who are we and how did we become who we are today? Have we really defined ourselves individually or are we more of a result from the influences we were born into? The Lottery of Birth shows that from birth onwards we are influenced by different forces: family, education, culture, and professional environment. The outcome of this battle does not only determine who we become, but the society that we create.
The Lottery of Birth is the first in a three-part documentary series entitled ‘Creating Freedom’ exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies, offering an alternative perspective on today’s society and the future we’re creating.
This documentary you can find on Amazon Prime.
Planet Earth (2006)
This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between. Having been in production for five years, while also being entirely filmed in high definition, this is the most expensive nature documentary ever commissioned by the BBC. Seeing the result, the efforts and investments are absolutely worth it.
You can watch Planet Earth on Netflix.
March of The Penguins (2005)
This documentary will take you along on the astonishing journey of emperor to return to their breeding grounds for mating season. This is the story of one year in the life of one couple of penguins in particular. Tracking across the Antarctic on an annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival.
‘‘A cinematic experience that is dazzlingly different from anything currently in theatres, March of the Penguins captivates with its straightforward but powerful story of dogged determination, survival against harsh odds and sacrifice.” -Claudia Puig, USA Today
You can watch the March of the Penguins on Netflix.
Problems regarding sustainability
Human Flow (2017)
Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary looks at both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
”This movie, a testament to the power of seeing, provides a long and uncommonly vivid look at a human crisis that’s changing the face of our planet.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
You can find Human Flow on Amazon Prime.
Before the Flood (2016)
Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.
Find this documentary on Netflix.
A Plastic Ocean – We Need a Wave of Change (2016)
We all know the images of plastics polluting the most beautiful beaches in our world and floating around in the sea, harming or even killing turtles and other life in the sea.
In the centre of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.
With this documentary the Plastic Ocean Foundation (a global charitable organisation) aims to change the worlds’ attitude to plastic in a single generation.
Watch A Plastic Ocean – we need a wave of change on Netflix.
Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret (2014)
In this documentary filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
Cowspiracy is available on Netflix.
Everyday solutions towards sustainability
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)
This documentary will make you wonder: ” Do I really need all the things I have, and all the things I wish to have, to actually be happy? Or would I actually be happier with less?”, and will make you better understand what is really important in life to be happy. Here for, the many levels of minimalism by looking inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life.
Watch this documentary on Netflix.
No Impact Man (2009)
An entertaining and funny look at well-intentioned environmentalism, and a touching, poignant take on the nature of contemporary marriage and what it means to pursue your dreams, even if means driving those around you a little insane.
You can watch the No Impact Man on Amazon Prime.
Tidying Up with Marie Condo (2019)
In a series of inspiring home makeovers, world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo helps clients clear out the clutter -and choose joy. Highly recommended, especially for you hoarders out there!
You can watch this series on Netflix.
Do you know other cool documentaries creating awareness regarding these issues, which we have not listed? Let us know, we’d love to check them out and add them to this list!
Meanwhile, take a cup of hot cocoa or a big cup of coffee and cuddle up in a blankie with your loved ones. We would love to hear which documentary you’ve decided for. Leave a comment on the Facebook post!
Cheers, Team Fraenck.