Make eco-friendly lifestyle changes with these books, documentaries & podcasts on sustainability
No better time than now to get started
Climate change is real and you don’t need to comb through scientific papers to know that. We’ve seen it ravage forests, destroy coral reefs and cause irreversible damage to the environment. If you want to do your bit to save the planet, we’ve rounded up the best of green entertainment for some sound practical advice. Here are our top-picks of books, documentaries and podcasts on sustainability to keep you informed and entertained.
If you can’t step out, you might as well get nature closer to you. Add these to your TBR pile.
Attainable Sustainable by Kris Bordessa
Opting for a sustainable lifestyle seems like a daunting task, but not with this great book. From lip-smacking recipes, natural remedies, gardening tips, home decor to fun DIYs, eco-guru Kris Bordessa weaves together an indispensable reference for leading a sustainable lifestyle in the 21st century. Filled with the modern know-how for getting back to basics, this book makes conscious living easy, fun and real.
The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline
If your goal is to keep up with trends while saving the planet, then this book should find its way to your bedside. Packed with tips to help you make a sustainable sartorial statement, this is more than just a style guide. It will help you understand and love your clothes again–while being trendy and ethical.
A Better Planet by Daniel C. Esty
With a foreword by Yale’s dean of Forestry and Environmental Studies, A Better Planet comes with a fresh perspective and forward-looking solutions. Navigate through 40 essays on environment and sustainability from the world’s leading thinkers across the political spectrum. The end result: You get to reimagine the balance between responsible development today and preservation of resources for a better tomorrow.
Slow Fashion by Safia Minney
Have you ever wondered if your sartorial aesthetic meets environmental ethic? To find out, dive deep into this non-fictional narrative that gives creators, entrepreneurs, and ethical consumers, an insight into the world of eco-concept store movement and sustainable design. Read as the author argues that vintage, second hand and organic is the only way to fashion a new economy. The book places realms of sustainability in the spotlight by pushing you to be a part of the change.
Whether you’re planning to lead a conscious life or build an ethical capsule wardrobe, these podcasts have got you covered. Tune in, STAT.
The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian
This stellar creation is where sustainability, minimalism, zero-waste living, decluttering, parenting and conscious consumerism intersect. The eco-friendly tips and strategies from this podcast is all you need to bid adieu to the clutter in your physical space.
Conscious Chatter by Kestral Jenkins
As the world tries to keep with the pace of fast fashion, it often neglects the underlying effects of it. This podcast brings those effects to the surface. Host, Kestral Jenkins opens door to conversation with influential people within the industry who discuss the impact of fashion on our environment.
Live Planted by Alyssa
Setting your mind on turning vegan can be easy, but to kickstart, you need to learn the ABCs of this lifestyle. Case in point: If you’re determined enough, then turn to Live Planted, to know more about easy plant-based living.
A Sustainable Mind by Marjorie Alexander
A weekly podcast, host Marjorie Alexander brings on board environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have made a change for a better planet. From light-bulb moments, sustainable habits to lessons from launching their projects, this podcast will ignite the ecopreneur, environmentalist and minimalist in you. Best part? Each episode ends with an ACTIONABLE advice.
Hippie Haven by Callee Ackland
Do you want to learn more about zero-living while on the go? Here’s your guide. Delivered to you every Wednesday, this podcast is your gateway to things like eating vegan, reducing trash, starting an ethical business, eco-activism, gardening, beekeeping, tiny house living and even more. Learn how to live with yourself, others and the planet, in harmony.
It’s time to turn your binging sessions into more thought-provoking hours. Delve into these documentaries that entertain and keep you up-to-date
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things by Matt D’Avella
Follow Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, two minimalists who take you inside the lives of families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists and scientists to understand what minimalism actually means. The point of this creation is not to live like them but to rethink of your choices – what you buy, what you don’t need and most importantly, what you need to get rid of ASAP.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn
This crowdfunded documentary examines the effects of animal agriculture on environment, particularly cattle. Venture into the humorous and appalling journey of an aspiring environmentalist as he seeks to unravel the real solution to environmental issues while he tries to pave the real path to sustainability.
2040 by Damon Gameau
Directed by and starring Damon Gameau, this documentary traverses upon the effects of climate change that might occur 20 years from now. Along with that, it also brings out how the current technology could reverse its effects. Here’s how it all starts: Concerned about his young daughter’s future, Damon travels the world looking for novel answers to climate change. Along the way, he draws upon the expertise of various innovators and changemakers.
Decoding The Weather Machine by Doug Hamilton
You’ve seen rain in November. And you’ve probably felt the chilly air when it’s supposed to be summer. But have you ever wondered why it happens? In this documentary, scientists from across the globe investigate and strive for a better understanding of the planet’s climate machine. From the ice sheets of Greenland to the deserts of Australia, they set themselves on a hunt to dig up clues.
A Plastic Ocean by Craig Leeson
This documentary begins when journalist Craig Leeson sets out to search for an elusive blue whale but while doing so discovers something else. He discovers that what should be a pristine ocean is brimming with plastic waste and begins to investigate its impact on the environment.
So, what are you reading, watching or tuning into?