6 must-see documentaries when you care about the Planet
Updated: Jun 28
Plastic waste, food waste, the true cost of fast-fashion and the overall impact of climate change... We selected documentaries that cover different areas of sustainability, so you can decide what cause speaks to you the most, and hereby what motivates you to reduce your impact on the planet. Sometimes troubling, eye-opening or moving but always informative, all these amazing films will help you refine or take further your transition to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Sit back, relax, and take action! Here is our selection:
1. A Plastic Ocean (2016)
A Plastic Ocean is a documentary directed by the Australian journalist Craig Leeson. It investigates the terrible impact of plastic pollution on our environment, marine life, and also human health.
The movie features beautiful shots of oceans and animals, mixed with images of heavily polluted cities and landfills full of plastic trash. The film is supported by experts and scientists sharing insights about plastic waste and the problems derived from it.
This film will make you question and rethink how much single-use plastic you use in your everyday life!
2. Before the Flood (2016)
This documentary features Leonardo Dicaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to all continents to figure out the reality of climate change.
He follows scientists expeditions and meets with world political leaders to account for the terrible changes currently happening to our environment.
The film provides recommendations on the steps we can take as individuals in our daily life, but also pushes viewers to demand better actions from elected representatives.
3. The True Cost (2015)
Did you know that the fashion industry has a terrible impact on humans and the environment?
This documentary reveals what is really happening behind the clothes we buy and who really pays the price.
Filmed in countries from all over the world, from the darkest factories to the brightest runways, this documentary is a real eye opener and will definitely have you reconsider how you consume fashion.
4. Wasted! (2017)
Food waste is one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.
Every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is thrown away. Through the eyes of world renowned chefs, this both informative and entertaining documentary exposes why food waste is criminal and directly contributing to climate change.
Filmmakers also explore ways to fix the problem, showing how different people are fighting this issue.
5. Our Planet (2019)
'Our Planet' is an award-winning documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, and the first nature documentary ever made by Netflix.
It examines how climate change impacts all animals on the Planet and causes the decline of nature. The images are absolutely breathtaking, viewers really get to experience the splendor of nature.
After watching a few episodes you will most likely want to take action to preserve it!
6. Cowspiracy (2014)
This shocking yet humorous documentary uncovers the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our Planet.
From deforestation, water consumption and pollution to species extinction, the extent of the damages are terrible, however still unchallenged.
The director confronts leaders in the animal agriculture industry, often at his own risks.