15 Sustainability movies on Netflix worth watching

The weekend is here so we’ve rounded up a list of 15 sustainability movies available on Netflix that we think are worth watching. From beautiful adventure movies to visually striking series and eye-opening documentaries, we’ve got your Sunday evening sorted. Enjoy!

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1. Okja

A beautiful science-fiction/ adventure movie in Korean and English about the friendship between a 10-year old girl called Mija and a giant animal called Okja that gets kidnapped by a greedy multi-national company that has dangerous plans for this animal. The movie was nominated for several awards such as Palme d’Or and Cannes Grand Prix.

 2. Human Planet

A visually striking 8 episodes BBC documentary series that looks at how people that survive in extreme conditions with the wildlife and nature.

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3. A plastic ocean

An eye-opening documentary from 2016 that showcases the huge amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and its impact on ocean life.

 4. Food Inc

“Food Inc” is an Academy Award nominated movie that examines corporate farming in the USA to understand its impact on humans and animals’ health, as well as the environment.

5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

An eye-opening documentary from Kip Anderson about the impact of mass animal agriculture on the environment such as climate change, water use, and deforestation. The documentary has been criticised by various scientists and journalists that some of the figures stated in the movie aren’t accurate however still an interesting watch about the overall industry practices.

6. What the health

“What the health” is a plant-based diet advocacy documentary from the team behind “Cowspiracy” that talks about the health impact of meat consumption and questions the information provided to consumers by various health organizations. Although the documentary has received high criticism from a range of doctors, dietitians, and journalists that some of the data mentioned might have been distorted and cherry picked, many experts do agree that consumers should question the connection between big food businesses and governments.

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7. Chasing Coral

A documentary about a team of divers, scientists and photographers who are documenting the disappearance of coral reefs. The movie won the Audience Award for US at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017.

8. Chasing Ice

“Chasing Ice” is an award winning documentary that follows the efforts of nature photographer James Balog to publicize the effects of global warming on the world’s glaciers.

9. Food Choices

Food Choices is a 2016 documentary that looks at the health impacts of food choices on our health, the environment and other species.

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10. Living on One Dollar

A movie that follows four friends that set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. The movie follows them battling hunger, illness to give an eye-opening view of how over 1 billion people around the world are living.

11. Small is Beautiful: A tiny house documentary

“Small is beautiful” follows four people as they build their own tiny houses in pursuit of a mortgage free and minimalistic lifestyle.

12. Sustainable

Another movie that looks at the impact of agribusiness on the environment, the community and health, “Sustainable” follows the story of Marty Travis, a seventh generation farmer that sets out to pioneer the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

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13. Minimalism

As the title suggests, “Minimalism” looks at different levels of minimalism and how life might be better with less.

 14. The Mars generation

A documentary that follows a set of teenagers that train at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center with the plan of leading mankind to Mars.

 15. The Ivory Game

A documentary aimed at stopping the ivory trade by looking at the poaching of elephants in Africa for the ivory trade in China and Hong Kong and the black market that surrounds this business.

10 Eco- Friendly Ways to Detox & Relax at Home

Sometimes work can get pretty crazy busy and when that happens we tend to forget to spend some time on ourselves but if we don’t, we risk to burn out. Here are 10 ways you can detox and relax at home.

eco friendly way to detox and relax

  1. Meditation

Put some comfortable clothes, light some incense sticks or your favourite scented candle and spend a few minutes when you get home after work to try to meditate and relieve yourself from the stress of the day before doing anything else.

  1. Stretch

Stretching after a long day at work can make your body feel “alive” again especially after spending the whole day at a desk staring at a computer screen. Try some yoga, stretching, dancing or just having a walk outside.

  1. Read something inspiring

Avoid opening your computer or starting to check your email again as soon as you get home from work and instead pick a book that inspires you and that can help take your mind off work-related things.

  1. Turn off your phone

A hard one to do, but try to turn off your phone as much as you can, as often as possible, when you’re at home to avoid the temptation of checking messages, emails, or even social media updates.

  1. Beauty pamper

A mini home spa such as a nice face mask, foot spa, accompanied by a glass of wine can do wonders to relieve stress.

  1. Avoid processed or (bad) fatty foods

Although having “junk food” might seem like a great idea when you’ve had a bad day, it will only make your body feel worse soon after. Instead focus on healthy meals that you enjoy. Fruits, fresh veggies, dark chocolate, grains are full of nutrients that give you more energy and help fight depression.

  1. Creative offline hobbies

Another great way to avoid connecting again to the internet is finding an offline hobby you enjoy. This could be anything from painting, gardening, crafting or just doing a puzzle.

  1. Put some clean bedding & PJs

There’s something about fresh and clean smelling bedding that instantly gives you that cosy feeling and helps you have a better night sleep.

9. Keep your place smelling fresh

Certain odours can change your mood. Open the windows to get in some fresh air and have some beautiful smelling flowers and plants around the house.

Similarly, you can try some aromatherapy by dripping some essential oils in your palms such as lavender or tea tree and then taking a deep breath.

10. Have a friend over

If you’ve had a particular hard day at work, there’s nothing better than having your best friend over to have a relaxing evening together, talk it over, and play some board games. We all can feel so much better after getting off our chest what bothers us.

Top 7 London Vegetarian & Vegan Food Markets

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  1. Broadway Vegan Market

The new Vegan Market is a weekly vegan market open every Saturday from 10 -4pm in London Fields. It includes 30+ vegan food and drinks stalls from a wide range of cuisines so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Website here.

2. Hackney Downs Vegan Market

Previously held monthly, this much loved vegan market is now a weekly thing! Find them at Hackney Downs Studios every Saturday and browse the array of vegan food stalls, art and more.

More info here.

3. Vegan Nights London

An evening market located on Brick Lane at Old Truman Brewery this is a perfect after-work foodie affair. Next event is on 28th November and the entry is free but get there early as there is limited capacity and last event was so popular some didn’t get to enter.

Check their Facebook page to keep track of line-up of traders and for next event https://www.facebook.com/vegannightsldn/

4. Brixton Vegan Market

Although a one-off event at the moment, head to Brixton Market on Sunday 29th October for its first all Vegan Market from 9am to 3:30pm. The market promises to bring a range of food stalls from international street food to sweet vegan treats.

Line-up to be announced but expect so keep an eye on the event page here.

5. VegFest UK

VegfestUK are the organisers of some of Europe’s vegan events with 15 years experience so expect the ultimate vegan festival. The event will take place on October 21st & 22nd at Kensington Olympia and will include over 250 stalls as well as talks, workshops and cookery demos.

More about the event and ticket information here.

6. Greenwhich Market (not purely veggie but with good veggie options)

Although not purely a vegetarian or vegan market, Greenwhich Market offers a good variety of veggie food options from vegan burgers to vegan cakes as well as fresh fruits and vegetables stalls. Open daily but check out the stalls rotation on the website.

7. Kerb Camden Market (not purely veggie but with good veggie options)

A newly refurbished market at Camden Market, this daily 34-trader strong food market is perfect for having a short break from exploring Camden to grab a bite to eat. Vegan and veggie options available, check out their website for more info:


Top 7 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

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Although the total number of vegans in the world is still quite low (here stats by country), there is definitely an increase in people adopting this sort of diet due to its health, environmental and wildlife benefits.

Here are our top 7 tips to help you with the transition:

  1. Gather initial info

Research existing impacts on the environment and meat production practices, watch documentaries, read blogs, and articles to better understand the reasons people have for choosing this way of life. Learn about the benefits of vegan lifestyle not only for yourself but also for the environment and the wildlife.

2. Understand where you can get your nutrients from on a plant-based diet

Find out from what products you can get the necessary nutrients on a vegan diet such as protein that you can find in tofu, spinach, nuts & seeds, and many more. Start understanding more what ingredients go into your most purchased existing products. You might be surprised that some of your favourite products are already vegan (looking at you Oreos) and for the ones that you will have to ditch such as milk, cheese, start researching vegan alternatives.

Make sure you do proper research on how to ensure you have a healthy plant based diet and if you have any medical conditions that you are concern about have a chat with a doctor and a nutritionist.

3. Identify local vegan groceries stores and brands

Vegan brands are now often stocked in traditional supermarkets which makes it much more convenient to buy everything at once with your weekly shop. There are also a lot of vegan/ vegetarian specific stores that provide a wide-range of vegan products. These stores might come in handy especially in the beginning when you’re still getting familiar with different vegan brands as you can get to see which ones you enjoy the most.

4. Find local restaurants that offer great vegan options

If this is the first time trying to adopt a vegan diet, especially if you’re switching from a omnivore diet, in the first few days you might struggle coming up with ideas for meals, so trying out dishes from different cuisines can provide some good meal inspiration as well as comfort that vegan food actually tastes good!

5. Start collecting vegan recipes from cookbooks, blogs, social media

Certain cuisines like Indian, Israeli, Thai, Chinese, Ethiopian, Italian have a wide range of meat and diary free options, although you will find that pretty much all cuisines worldwide have some vegan options. Start collecting recipes from blogs, Instagram, cookbooks and start incorporating them into your existing diet. It can be useful to have a range of recipes, from quick meals that you can put together when you don’t feel like cooking, to big pots that you can then split into individual portions for freezing.

6. Take it gradually

Sometimes going first on vegetarian before vegan might be easier if you’re shifting straight from a omnivore diet. It is usually recommended to first add more plant-based options to your diet before starting to gradually remove meat & diary.

7. Keep the motivation up

Don’t beat yourself up if it’s taking you a while to fully switch to veganism, everyone has their different speed and don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by feeling that you need to label your diet. Some people choose to do a mix of vegetarian with vegan, or pescatarian with vegan to start with and then moving from there.

Finding a partner that is also looking to switch to vegan can also make the whole journey much easier and fun as you can encourage and support each other.