I Wish It Could Be Earth Day Ev'ryday
Just over a week ago it was Earth Day, an annual event on the April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. A day that means near and dear to me, since starting my journey of understanding sustainability. A day of values that everyone should consider. I showed my support by watching the Sustainable Fashion Forum 5 day Conference. And god, was it a good'n! I learnt about regenerative agriculture, the circular supply chain model, the lowest wage challenge and so much more educational stuff that made me feel more positive about the changes happening in the fashion industry. All whilst helping my research for my Final Major Project at university (bonus!)
Unfortunately, for some of us in society, sustainability is just a buzzword, a brand value, a wishy washy word that brands use for profit advantage. For others, they want to learn more and see what they can change aspects of their lives. AKA me. There are so many resources around now to get your teeth into and learn about the damage of the planet, the climate crisis and what we can do to change the way we live.
So I thought, hey I'd share my list of Film, TV series Documentaries and Podcast recommendations that I have watched and listened to, or are ones that I've got my eye on. Because education is key... So grab a brew and get to it.
Film Documentary - Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
This documentary examines the different ideas of minimalism by showing the viewers the lives of minimalists from all walks of life including families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. I watched this last week and found it eye opening about how the Western culture perceive success= materialistic objects.
Watch on Netflix Here.
Podcast - Costing The Earth By BBC Radio 4
In true BBC style (they know what their doing!) this is a well produced and well-researched radio show. It’s well balanced, and well worth a browse through the extensive archive, this has been going on for 10 years now, so there is plenty to enjoy. I personally recommend listening to 'Covid 19: The Environmental Impact, 'Lockdown Planet' and 'The Future of Environmentalism', due to the current problems the pandemic has created to our planet.
TV Series Documentary- Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change The World
The recently shown BBC Documentary follows the activist as she seeks to raise awareness of climate change and the need to drastically reduce carbon emissions. Across the three episodes, the 18-year-old will travel to locations worldwide where the impact of climate change is being accelerated. One that I am planning to watch in the next coming weeks, so join in and watch with me!
Watch on BBC Iplayer Here.
Podcast- Business of Fashion Podcast
The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs. Many other fashion students will agree, this is a fabulous resource for fashion news. My sustainable based recommendations include, 'Women are the Forefront of Sustainable Fashion Revolution' (yep) and 'The Earthshot: A New Sustainability Mindset for Fashion Retail.'
Film Documentary- The True Cost
This is the one documentary that changed my mindset about the fashion industry. I watched it over a year ago, and is one of my no 1 recommendations. If you were to watch only one documentary on my list, make it this one! It’s a film about the impact of clothes making on the planet and its people. The title refers to the fact that often when buying clothes, especially cheap and disposable one, the true cost is not really reflected in the retail price.
Podcast- Wardrobe Crisis By Clare Press
Wardrobe Crisis a sustainable fashion podcast from VOGUE’s sustainability editor Clare Press. This show unzips the real issues that face the fashion industry today, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity and creativity. Definitely one I'll be listening to in the near future!
TV Series Documentary- Seaspiracy
Seaspiracy has recently added to Netflix, and I have seen so many people rave about this doc, with being impacted about what was shown that they've decided to stop eating fish. Passionate about ocean life, the filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species - and uncovers alarming global corruption.
Watch on Netflix Here.
Podcast- Conscious Chatter
This podcast was mentioned on the Sustainable Fashion Forum, and is a podcast where what we wear matters. Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. My episode recommendations include 'The Psychology of Fashion and Why we Wear What we Wear.', Elizabeth Cline & The Conscious Closet', and 'Mate The Label, Dress Clean and Fashion's Impact on Women's Health.'
Film Documentary-The Machinists
The (2010) film documents the exploitation of garment workers in Bangladesh with the personal stories of three young women working in factories in Dhaka. The documentary is seen through the eyes of 3 garment workers and looks at their everyday lives, their struggles at home, the constant battles they face with their factory owners and puts a face to the men and women who make clothes for our high street. A eye-opening watch if you are interested in the social injustice of the fashion industry.
So I pray you feel inspired to have a Netflix documentary binge, or listen to a podcast recommendation on your daily walk or your commute to work. There are so many amazing books, resources, reports out there I haven't mentioned, so do your research, get your thinking hats on, and find ways you can make a change.
Have a fabulous week and I will be back very soon! Love Mols x