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Here are eight inspiring and educational movies, documentaries, and videos to start jour slow living journey today. Regarding… sustainability, fast fashion, minimalism, and the food industry.

It’s almost the end of the year and most people are preparing themselves to have a good rest before entering the new year. This year was not only very hectic and some of us might feel at loss with ourselves because of the COVID-19 situation. With everything that happened, most of us realized some changes have to be made even more than before. This year we struggled with ourselves, but we also learned what we really want in life and that a lot is changing on mother earth. This is the moment to really start with happy conscious slow living, while also making changes that have less impact on people, animals, and our earth. 

To inspire you on your journey and to inform you while snuggling up on the couch we have collected eight movies, documentaries, and videos about different aspects of slow living. From sustainability to fast fashion and also the food industry.

*Some video’s might be shocking.

1. IS AFRICA BEING USED AS A DUMPING GROUND FOR AMERICA & UK? | Ghana’s Second Hand Clothing Industry

Where do our clothes go?

We all love fashion and every now and then we love to change up our styles every now… What most of us don’t know is what actually happens to these clothes when we’re done with them and where they end up.

The overproduced clothes also known as textile waste end up in Africa and are sold by the sellers who sell them for cheap. Unfortunately, overproduced clothes also have a global effect on the environment. Most of the clothes that end up in third world countries are clothes that can’t be worn anymore and eventually end up in seas, beaches, and landfills. 

Kantamanto market is one of the biggest markets in Ghana where they sell second-hand clothing. Most of the clothes are shipped from western countries in Europe and The United States. These clothes are also dumped in waters near the Kantamanto market or at the beach. This has an effect on the ocean of Ghana and the environment. 

Here is a short documentary where Vanessa Kanbi shows us the horror of clothes wasting in Ghana and how they are dumped. Many organizations like the Skate gal club, Trash Connect, and the Or Foundation have come together to collect this trash by cleaning up the beach and water. 

2. Cowspiracy

Mother earth is crying, global warming is happening, rainforests are on fire, animals are being killed… All because of the overproduction of meat and the main requirement of water. Cowspiracy focuses on animal agriculture and how the greenhouse gasses have an effect on global warming and mother earth. Kip Anderson is educating us on why going vegan is the best way for planet earth and how we can prevent climate change. 

Did you know that ?

  • Meat production requires  6 to 20 times more water than vegetables and fruits. 
  • One pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water? That is 6809.215 L.

    Let that sink in…

Going vegan might sound like a big step and we are not here to tell you that you have to. If you are willing to eat less meat or go vegan 1 day a week you could go to our Adjuma Instagram highlights and blog, where we have plant-based food tips for you to start with.

3. Minimalism

Do you really need it? If you already have a good pair of shoes and a phone that still works?

The minimalism documentary is about living with less and only focus on things that are important. We often rely on material things and owning the newest phones or shoes. We often get told what we really need, instead of being happy with what you already have.

In this inspiring documentary, they tell you about their lives and the changes they made that made them happier.

See the film here!

4. Vegan: Everyday Stories

This documentary examines people who went vegan and want what is best for the world. An eight-year-old activist called Genesis who convinced her family and people around her to go vegan, the story of a cattle rancher who turned vegan, and how going vegan changed an addicted man’s life. 

5. Forks over knifes

Do you prefer fork over knives?

Forks over knives educate us on why most of the processed foods are unhealthy for us. We often think eating animal-based products is good for us but unfortunately, according to this documentary, most of these products cause a lot of health problems like heart diseases, diabetes, etc. They describe how plant-based diets are good for the improvement of your health and support your immune system. 

Watch the documentary on Netflix and take care of your own health. 

6. Tidying up with Marie Kondo

via Netflix

Marie Kondo will help you with many tips on how to solve your messy dilemma!

Do you have a lot of possessions and don’t know where to store them, or you just want to reorganize your house? Marie Kondo is a counselor and expert on how to organize your home. In the documentary, she shares many tips on how to properly store your items, how to fold clothes the easiest way, and helps you decide which items spark joy or what you could let go of. Being one with your home and practicing mindfulness is also one of the things she shows in the documentary.

Have a few days off? Great time to start slow living with tidying up just one part of your home. You can find it here!

7. Stink Movie

Are the products that we use on a daily basis safe?

John Welan lost his wife to cancer at a very young age leaving two daughters behind. After John notices a bad smell from the sleepwear he bought for his daughters, he sends it to a laboratory. The laboratory noticed that the pajamas had a carcinogenic chemical that has been banned since the seventies. 

From this point, John started to take action and noticed how many products on shelves are damaging to our health. 

“Chemicals are a part of our everyday life, they are all around us, and they are a necessity. But some of them hurt people”- Robert K. Sweeny 

This documentary is about the American perspective. The situation is different in the Netherlands. The Netherlands government tries to focus on safe products. But better does not always mean good. Interesting is that the same supplier as for example an Univelever will sell a product in the US with other ingredients than here in NL. 

At the same time if we talk about rules and tests. Other companies make their so-called greener products and don’t follow all the rules. They make us believe that the products are green (sustainable, ethical)  but are we sure about that? 

Well, this documentary shows us that we should be aware of the products that we are purchasing. You can watch the documentary here!

8. True Cost Movie

The ugly truth of Fast fashion 

via True Cost

We are familiar with fast fashion brands that follow every trend that pops up every week. We tend to buy clothes that are cheap instead of sustainable clothes that last longer. Fast fashion clothes are inexpensive because of the cheap material like polyester (think plastic), mass production, and cheap labor. Workers overseas are being exposed to harmful carcinogenic chemicals, children are forced to work in the cotton industries.

In this documentary, they show the ugly side of fast fashion clothing and what kind of damage it has to our planet and to the human right of the people who make these clothes.  

Did you know that fashion is the second biggest water polluter on the planet after agriculture?

Tips for buying clothes:

  1. Educate yourself
  2. Ask yourself ‘Do I need it ?’
  3. Ask yourself again “Do I really need it?” 🙂
  4. Swap your clothes with your friends or family 
  5. Buy clothes in second-hand shops or thrift stores
  6. Unfortunately, thrifting is not always size-inclusive. If you can’t find it just buy an item you really love and are going to wear often.
  7. Ask yourself: Who made these clothes? Think of fair pay and working conditions. And look for ethically and sustainably made items
  8. Instead of throwing away clothes, donate them or sell them via these apps: De pop – Vinted – Trade made 
  9. And… try to buy less. Otherwise, you’ll need to Marie Kondo your closet again 🙂

One small note for those who are new on this journey. First of all don’t get overwhelmed by all this information. Second, if you want to start your journey now, start slow. Baby steps! Start with just one thing and later pick on one more thing.

Are you interested in more personal attention and maybe more contact with others? Some guidance to start making conscious choices, enjoy life fully and gain control over your own schedule. We are researching and working on something fresh. We are developing something to help you start your journey. Sent us an Insta DM if you like to hear more!

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