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Here is a list of five of our favorite documentaries (that’s one for every night this work week!) – they are both heartbreaking and heartwarming. Many tell the tale of a world lost in consumerism and capitalism, but there is always hope. I wouldn’t call this a complete list of must see environmental, eco, or social documentaries – but it is a list very close to our hearts here at ECOBAGS®.

 

The True Cost

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? (Synopsis via truecostmovie.com)

Good for: Everyone, but especially your friend who is always wearing a new $10 shirt from Forever 21…

Where to watch it: available on Netflix

 

Virunga

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources.

A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo. (synopsis via Virunga)

From director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio.

Good for: Everyone, but heart-breaking for those of us who are very attached to animals. 

Where to watch it: available on Netflix

 

Fed Up

Shows how the first dietary guidelines issued by the U.S. government 30 years ago overlooked the role of dietary sugar in increasing risks of obesity, diabetes, and associated ill-health outcomes, particularly in children. As the relationship between the high-sugar diet and poor health has emerged, entrenched sugar industry interests with almost unlimited financial lobbying resources have beaten back attempts by parents, schools, states, and in Congress to provide a healthier diet for children. (synopsis via wikipedia)

Good for: Scaring you away from ice cream for a whole week, and a lifetime of being more aware of your sugar consumption.

Where to watch it: available on iTunes as a paid purchase.

 

 

Bag It

An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion that our consumptive use of plastic has finally caught up to us, and looks at what we can do about it. Today. Right now. (Synopsis via IMDB).

Good for: Your friend with the plastic bag collection under her sink, we all have that friend. Or… we are that friend.

Where to watch it: available to rent on amazon.

 

Food Inc.

Examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants. (synopsis via IMDB).

Good for: Anyone who eats. Seriously, this will change your shopping & eating habits for the best.

Where to watch it: available to rent on amazon.