There are three documentaries that I recently watched, which have absolutely nothing to do with fashion and a lot to do with sustainability. If anything they are a little bit anti-fashion come to think of it. But that’s exactly why I want to share them here.
I found each of these documentaries 100% informative and above all thought provoking and inspiring. In one way or another they are all related to happiness, sustainability and the way we live our lives on earth today. Well… they are all a bit anti-consumerism.
All of them are on Netflix and therefore extremely accessible!
In the order that I watched them:
Simple and thought provoking!
This one struck me as a reminder that fame and fortune are actually not what makes us happy in life. In fact our so called ‘circumstances’ such as our income, age, social status and where we live only account for an astounding 10% of our overall happiness! Capitalism trains us to believe the more we buy the happier we are. That we need more stuff and more fame but this is absolutely not true. We knew that, right? But it’s really fun to see it in a graph!
Then believe it or not but 50% of individual happiness is actually genetic! Yes, genetic! Hence some people are just born more grumpy than others! Know someone like that? Just kidding! of course! 😉 But don’t worry because there are still 40% of happiness left to be accounted for. Those 40% of happiness are determined by actions that we choose to do. So in a way you can actually train to be happy by choosing the right actions! To find out more choose a nice evening to cuddle up in front of this refreshing documentary and start being your happiest self!
Liberating and inspiring!
Did you ever think about living with only 33 items of clothing (including shoes and accessories!) for 3 entire months? Some people in this documentary have tried it and I thought it was pretty cool. This practice actually has it’s own title now that’s how popular this idea became in the US. It’s called Project 333. More about it here.
Mostly this documentary is attacking consumerism at it’s core and presents you with some pretty funky alternative lifestyles. The two main characters in this documentary ‘the minimalists’ claim that each item they own have to serve a precise purpose in their home. Now I always think about that when I pack my handbag. Does this mascara serve a purpose in my bag, am I really going to use it to touch up my lashes later on tonight? I stopped carrying it. Truth is I never retouch!
A Plastic Ocean (2016)
Slightly devastating but a must see!
I know people don’t really like to hear about bad news.. Global warming, over production, over population… Sometimes it feels like nobody really wants to talk about these things because these are problems that are SO big, that it’s hard to face them. Where do you begin to tackle a problem as big as global warming? I’m not sure either. But there are many many solutions. This movie is a great wake up call for all of us.