When I started my minimalism journey, I had no idea of what I would be introducing into my life. I did not know about ethical fashion, organic beauty, or how we effect the environment. As I researched what a minimalist lifestyle really meant, these topics kept appearing. Curiosity got the best of me when I discovered a few different documentaries. Ever since watching them, my thinking has completely transformed.
If you think the only thing to a minimalist lifestyle is simply decluttering your life, allow me to open your eyes to a few more possibilities. Minimalism goes far beyond what we possess. It creates a deeper connection to living intentionally, conscious consumption, and environmental impact.
While all of these thoughts may seem overwhelming, know that you do not have to conquer all of them to be a minimalist. These are simply options that have opened themselves up to me, and I want to share them with you.
I have not conquered all of these, but they have changed the way I think about every day activities, purchases, and consumption. My hope is that you find one thing from at least one documentary to implement into your life today!
Now onto the documentaries!
The Documentaries that Changed My Thinking
1. The True Cost // Have you heard of Fast Fashion? Well I had not until I watched this video. It really opened my mind up to who makes our clothes and that cheap is not always the best. Because of this documentary, I look for ethically made clothing. This includes fair wages, sustainable fabrics, and eco-friendly companies. I also shop second hand to lessen the need for new clothing.
2. Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things // I was already well into my minimalism journey before watching this documentary. However, it verified my passion for this lifestyle, and reminded me to stay conscious of my consumption. If you have just beginning your journey or just getting started, this one is a great motivator!
3. Plastic Paradise // This documentary broke my heart. It shows you how senseless humankind can be. Scientists created a product that only breaks down with sunlight. It lasts for years and years beyond its useful life, and harms the environment more than you can imagine. Personally, I have started to replace plastic with either wood, glass, or metal. Of course, I only do this with plastic that is no longer usable. Another change I have made, thanks to this documentary, is trying to use plastic bags more than once. I save any I accumulate for multiple things. If you do not watch any of the other documentaries on this list, please watch this one! It will make you reduce the influence plastic has in your life!
4. Happy // This was a neat documentary, and not what I expected. I do not want to go into too much detail, but I will say that you create your own happiness, not anyone else. After watching this documentary, I see all too often that we allow others to choose how we feel, instead of taking our feelings into our own hands. Let us change that!
5. Living on One Dollar // Want to see how silly first world problems can be? This documentary follows a group of college boys that move to a struggling country to see if they can make a living on one dollar a day. After watching this documentary, I found a new appreciation for my lifestyle, and I do my best not abuse the blessings it offers. This documentary also took my thoughts back to The True Cost, because most of our clothing is made from countries just like the one in this documentary.
What documentaries have you watched that have changed the way you think? I would love any recommendations!