To be honest, I turn into a mega-nerd for a good documentary. I absolutely love to cuddle up with a big blanket and binge-watch docs on everything from killer whales to urban legends. My favorite documentaries, however, are those that pertain to issues of social justice. Social activism leads me closer to the heart of Jesus and in turn, helps me to better understand and love the people around me. Lately, I've been watching a lot of documentaries on the relationships between food, fashion, and sustainability. I think that these documentaries are worthwhile and impactful, and I hope you will take some time to cozy up, relax, and check them out (on Netflix)!
1. The True Cost
Fast fashion may look great in corporate storefronts, but if we as individuals in a consumeristic society take a moment to look beyond the cheap clothes into the lives of the people who made them, what we will find should disturb us.
2. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
Nobody wants to live without enough, but do too many of us live with too much? This documentary is all about living in financial freedom and consuming consciously. Sound interesting?
3. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Comedic. Shocking. Inspirational. Curious as to how eating beef (and even chicken) can lead to cancer? Watch this! You may walk away from this doc a vegetarian, but you will definitely walk away more educated about the health, safety, and sustainability of raising and eating cattle.
4. What the Health
What is health? Who defines it? And why the health do organizations like the ACS promote carcinogenic foods? This documentary offers us one (really intriguing) side of the story of dietary health in America.
5. A Plastic Ocean
I go to the beach to escape into a world of beauty and relaxation. (I'm willing to bet most of us have that in common.) So what happens when our food choices fill our favorite places with plastic packaging? Is there anything we can even do to stop oceanic destruction?
Rotten is a series-style documentary that covers topics from production to consumption of products like honey and garlic, and everything in between!
Just let me know if you're as amazed and freaked out by what the FDA allows to be hidden in our everyday products as I am! To say the least...it stinks!
8. Forks Over Knives
Could what we eat actually have profound effects on our well-being and the earth's health? How does the American diet contribute to high rates of heart disease and cancer in the US?
Relationships are important to our mental & physical health. In a society where food is seen as a commodity, how can we get back into a mindset where food and friendship go hand in hand? Perhaps farmers markets are still the answer to community and sustainability.
10. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
I appreciate Marie Kondo for her ability to inspire simplicity and joy in so many people. As this documentary series sweeps the nation tons of people are choosing to toss out unwanted items. Minimalism can be a beautiful thing, but if people are not appropriately disposing of their unwanted items the carbon footprint from this mass de-cluttering could be huge.
Remember to let me know which documentary was your favorite! 👇
Disclaimer: I am not being paid to promote any of these items!
Everyday gal. Lover of wild things. Passionate about advocacy, faith & life. Always wanting another cup of coffee.