If you thought Netflix bingeing was a decidedly lazy activity, think again. As any seasoned binge-watcher knows, there are few things as motivating (not to mention eye-opening) as a good Netflix documentary. Pair that raw, emotional appeal with a cause you're passionate about, and true magic can happen—a single film can inspire some serious life changes. While we've already witnessed this phenomenon unfold in regards to health resolutions, we're trying to enlighten ourselves as to the realities of the environment, sustainability, and how we can be more mindful of our role in it.
Below, preview three powerful documentaries that will change the way you view the environment:
An unapologetic look at the bottled water industry, Tapped walks you through the big business of plastic water bottles and how it's "effectively commodifying a basic human right," writes Mic. "From production of the bottles to the oceans filled with discarded vessels, this is an excellent exploration of a little-discussed topic."
This film is reportedly as "eye-opening as Blackfish" and as "inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth." Follow filmmaker Kip Andersen as he investigates the animal agriculture industry and its effect on deforestation, pollution, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and more.
As Mic points out, "Some of the most startling evidence of climate change can be found in the world's least accessible places." Chasing Ice seeks to change that reality, giving the viewer a front-row seat to the destruction of the ice formations at the earth's poles.
What environmental documentaries would you add to this list? Share your favorite picks below.