One of the best ways to learn about issues affecting our world is through documentaries, and Netflix has a whole host of incredible films that focus on issues of sustainability. These films will challenge the way you think about the world and inspire you to act and vote with your dollar.
Here are some of our favorite sustainability documentaries on Netflix here at Good Soul Shop:
Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy
These three documentaries serve as a primer on all things about the food industry, why the plant-based diet is the way to go, and how the industrialization of farming has lead to some shady practices and corruption.
Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret is the film Environmental groups don't want you to see. The animal agriculture industry 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.
Kip Andersen takes a shocking, yet humorous, look at the industry and rattles some nerves as industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist. This film examines the destruction large-scale farming has on our planet and offers a sustainable path forward for our growing population.
Food Inc., in particular, presents a sickening view of the kinds of practices common in treating livestock, and how easy it is for diseases like E. coli to spread in these conditions.
Forks Over Knives presents the plant-based diet not only as an option for a more sustainable way of farming but also as a solution for diseases like heart disease that are running rampant in our modern society due to modern diets.
If you’ve ever considered adopting a plant-based diet, these three documentaries will have you convinced by the time you’ve finished watching.
If you are as obsessed about #skoolie living as I am, then you will fall in love with this endearing and heartfelt documentary about tiny living. Felix and Selima convert an old school bus into a tiny home and set out for a year of travel with their dog Rudi. This documentary is a fun and realistic look at life on the road, living a zero waste life, and showing the beauty of nature and trials of tiny living.
Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things
Zero waste, sustainability, and minimalism all go hand-in-hand. This documentary follows minimalists from all different walks of life as they reinterpret the American Dream and learn the freedom of living with much less.
This is a great documentary if you ever wondered what minimalism looks like on a practical level for different lifestyles. Plus, there’s something satisfying about watching minimalism at work.
A Plastic Ocean
A team of international scientists and underwater explorers shed light onto the massive problem of plastic polluting our oceans. If you needed a reason to get behind the plastic-free movement, seeing the direct impact that plastic pollution has on marine wildlife and the ocean itself is a huge motivator.
The documentary also makes a point to mention that once plastic is in the food chain, it becomes part of our diet as well. This pollution directly affects us, not just our ocean.
This refreshing documentary is a constructive look at how farming can become more sustainable, and ways consumers can vote with their dollar and avoid buying into the industrialization of food.
This is a must-watch because it’s so easy to forget where our food comes from, and how critical it is that sustainable farming methods are used to keep farming land healthy.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of these great documentaries, hopefully, you’ll be inspired to eat and live more sustainably. If everyone does their part, we can change everything. It all starts with one Good Soul.