Wanting to learn something new and feel inspired? Here are our top picks of must-watch docos based around sustainability (most of which can be found on Netflix). Break out your zero-waste popcorn, grab a blankie and get excited to learn something new about this world we live in.
A Plastic Ocean
As journalist Craig Lesson sets out searching for the elusive blue whale, he unintentionally discovers the world’s ocean brimming with plastic waste. In this adventurous doco, the fragile state of our oceans and alarming truths about plastic pollution are uncovered, while working solutions that can be put into immediate effect are also revealed.
The True Cost
This is a genuinely eye-opening doco that gives an honest look at the human and environmental costs of producing clothing. Explore the links between consumer pressure for low-cost high fashion and the meagre existences of the sweatshop workers who produce these goods. It will likely change the way you look at your wardrobe and clothing “needs”.
This compelling doco explores how our lives might be better with less by taking us inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. Put aside some time after watching this doco to start decluttering.
A David Attenborough classic, this doco is a riveting view of the planet, offering the usual stunning footage of mountains, plains, jungles, caves and fields of ice; sand storms, animal migrations, plagues of locusts and more. Planet Earth celebrates the amazing variety and beauty of the natural world. A must-watch for the whole fam.
No Impact Man
This doco tells the story of author and self-proclaimed “No Impact Man”, Colin Bevan, as he swears off all comforts associated with modern living for an entire year in a drastic effort to curb his environmental footprint – electricity, gas-powered transport, shipped food and public waste disposal. This doco is a fun and inspiring way to learn about zero waste living.
One of the docos that has produced a huge amount of controversy worldwide, Cowspiracy digs deep into the environmental impact of animal agriculture and sheds light on this industry as a leading cause of carbon emissions, global warming and deforestation.
Before The Flood
Presented by National Geographic, Before The Flood is a riveting real-life account of the current state of our planet. Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and the dramatic changes that have occurred 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.
More Than Honey
Did you know that if bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would have only four years left to live? Not ideal. In “More Than Honey,” Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the issue of why bees are facing worldwide extinction.