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How to Start Saving the World on Only 20 Dollars!!!!

This is a 20 dollar challenge! My last Zero Waste Beginners Guide was about how people can start this lifestyle without spending any money! Now you have started your lifestyle but, you are looking to make a bigger impact in your local community, but you don’t have a ton of money to spend on fancy safety razors, organic cotton bags, or a ton of mason jars. Here is a list of items that all cost less than 20 bucks to purchase. All of these purchases will help you to further your transition to a zero waste life.

  1. Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson- This book is revolutionary for anyone who wants to live a zero waste life. I read this book during the beginning of my transition to a more eco-friendly life. Not only did it help inspire me to make new things, try new products, and be more creative. It also helped me to

  2. J.R. Liggett Bar Shampoo- I love these shampoo bars because they are filled with natural and simple ingredients. It also cleans my hair very well and is TSA approved for travel! Unlike Lush, these shampoo bars do not have SLS in them or other controversial chemicals. You don’t have to worry about harming the plant or your health!

  3. Soap Nuts and Wool Dryer Balls- Laundry is one of the first things I tackled when it came to my zero waste lifestyle because conventional detergents and dryer sheets have a ton of chemicals in them that have been linked to cancer, mental illnesses, and other health related issues. These Soap Nuts are completely organic and natural way to clean your clothes. The dryer balls help to get rid of the static cling when drying your clothes and also cut down the drying time in half. That means you are also saving electricity and money!

  4. Produce and Bulk Bags- These produce and bulk bags are cheap, easy to clean, and are 100% organic cotton. These bags are on the pricey side of other produce bags. However, the majority of produce bags are made with polyester mesh. When the polyester mesh bags start to rip and can’t be used to hold produce anymore, they have to be thrown away. However, these organic bags can be thrown into the compost to decompose back into the earth! Pay a little bit more for our planet and invest in something that will not last a lifetime in our landfill!

  5. Schmidt Cream Deodorant- I have tried at on of different brands of cream deodorants. There is a reason why I keep coming back to Schmidt. Because it works! This cream deodorant is made with natural products, no nasty chemicals. It allows you to still sweat, whilst also doing an amazing job at covering up the nasty smells of body odor. One jar also lasts me anywhere between 6-12 months, depending on the season and how much I sweat. Best of all, it is TSA approved. That’s right! You don’t have to purchase two different deodorants anymore when you travel!  

  6. Mason Jars- What would a zero waste list be without some handy mason jars! Though you can reuse your old sauce jars. For those who have just started out, I highly recommend picking up a few bigger mason jars to fill with some of your bulk items! These big mason jars are made with sturdy glass, are cheap, and easy to clean! I have also add a link to these amazing mason jars that can be used for meals on the go! Just add your salad stuff into the jar, your dressing in the cap. When you are ready to eat, add the dressing to your salad, shake it up, and your good to go!

  7. Bamboo toothbrushes- As someone with super sensitive teeth that seemed to always be filled with cavities. Everything that my dentist seemed to recommend for me didn’t work at all. When I first heard of the zero waste lifestyle, one of the first things I purchased for myself was a bamboo toothbrush. I loved how well it cleaned my teeth. I don’t think I could ever go back to normal disposable toothbrushes ever again. This more natural alternatives are super soft, yet stiff enough to actually clean your teeth. My dentist has yet to complain or advise that I switch to a new toothbrush. Better yet, my teeth aren’t super sensitive anymore!!!

  8. Emulsion blender- Why purchase a super expensive high speed blender when you can just get a simple and cheap emulsion blender for all of your high speed blending needs! I use my emulsion blender for soups, sauces, banana ice cream, smoothies, and anything else that needs to be blended super well. Best of all, it requires very little electricity and can fit into the drawer!

You don't have to purchase all of these items, but these are just a few of my cheap and trusty items that have helped me live a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle! I hope that some of you find this inspiring and educational! I will have more lists like these for more type of items in the future! Please let me know in the comments if there are any items that I forgot on this list!!! 

Do You Feel Comfortable Eating Your Skin and Body Care Products?

I have decided to dedicate the next month to talking about my personal health and well-being. When we think about Zero Waste, we don’t think about physical health and mental health. However, our state of mind and health is the most important aspects of our personal life. We can’t do anything without making sure that our mental and physical health are in check. My health is important inside and out. Why would you eat only organic food that is unprocessed and nutritionist, if you continue to put chemicals all over your body in the forums of facial creams, body lotions, hair gel, etc. I make sure that my body and facial care items are good enough to eat! Yep, you heard that right! I mean, they probably wouldn’t taste very good, but they wouldn’t kill me!

When I transitioned to a more zero waste life, I decided to start making some of my own products. This included facial toners, makeup setting powder, mascara, etc. However, I also love supporting small businesses and encouraging more to use natural and organic skin, body, and hair care products! NATURAWL BODY is an amazing company that is compassionate about making sure that more people fill their home with natural, organic, plant based, raw, and vegan items! The shop is run by a women named Kelly, a certified raw nutritionist, nature lover, gardener, and health food enthusiast. As a mother, she believes that everyone should have access to the best ingredients for their family.

Today, I will be reviewing her Peppermint and Green Tea Body and Hand Lotion. This items is completely raw vegan and is filled with the best ingredients. Kelly only includes USDA Certified Organic Ingredients. The ingredients include Green Tea extract, Jojoba oil, Peppermint oil, Vitamin E oil, Vanilla oil, Rosemary extract, Grapefruit Seed extract, and emulsifying wax glycerin. The mix of vitamin e oil and jojoba oil kept my dry skin moisturized throughout the winter season, despite the negative temperatures, without making it feel really greasy like coconut oil does. All the oils and extracts make me feel amazing. My guinea pig Jelly Pig loves the smell of it as well. I will continue to use this body lotion throughout the summer season as I get out in the sun more.

It’s also important to note that all of her products arrive in sustainable packaging, including a cardboard box and paper packaging. The bottles are glass, and the pumps are the only items that are made out of plastic. However, I plan to reuse the bottle with the pump once I have finished the lotion. All of her items are either fair trade, recycled, or biodegradable. This is to ensure that she is creating amazing products for herself, her family, and the planet. At the end of the day, what is the point of using organic and natural products if they come in wasteful packaging that is extremely detrimental to our planet.

Kelly also sells various other items for your body and home. This includes some awesome baby and kid friendly products that you don’t have to worry about putting on your child. Please go check out her website here! Currently she is offering 20% off of all baby essentials with code: KTJBABY20!!! Please go check out everything before this sale runs out!

 

The Multi-Use Nut Bag

In my personal zero waste lifestyle I have tried to re-use as many items as possible, so that they don’t go to waste. However, when I do purchase a new item, I make sure it’s multi-purpose. This helps keep my items down to the bare necessities and not feel like my house is cluttered with stuff. Now, I have promoted that I use an old pair of tights as my nut milk bag. This worked out well for my nut milks, but I was looking for something that was big enough to strain my veggie broth and other juices that I enjoy making. 

Recently, I have tried out Gaia Guy’s XL nut milk bag and it is revolutionary. You can use it to strain nut milk, bone broth, veggie broth, and even smoothies/juices. If you have ever thought about investing in the plastic juicers when you already have a blender, don’t hit the order button just yet. These bags are made out of 100% cotton and completely compostable! Best of all after using it, just toss it in the wash with the rest of your clothes to clean. Please air dry, as it can shrink in the dryer.

Here are some awesome nut milk, veggie broth, and juice recipes that are perfect to use with this amazing bag!

Homemade Almond Milk

Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight. Strain the water out and add them to a blender with 4 cups of fresh water. Blend it up. Strain it through the nut milk bag, and you have some awesome homemade almond milk! (Side Note: I have a recipe for some Almond Pulp Granola on my YouTube Channel HERE!!!)

You can make milk with any nut and oat that you want! Most Almond Milks at the store are filled with sugar and preservatives. This homemade recipe is also cheaper and will last up to a week in the fridge.

Homemade Veggie Broth

Add cut up leftover veggies of your choosing to a big pot. Cover the veggies in water. Add 2 Bay leaves. 4 crushed garlic cloves. And Salt and Pepper to taste. Bring it up to a boil, then simmer on low for 2-3 hours. Strain the broth through the bag and squeeze all the veggies! You can place it in a big mason jar in the fridge for a week, or ice cube trays in the freezer for a month.

The Veggie Broth is amazing for your immune system, especially when feeling under the weather. The veggie broth also gives you all of the amazing nutritionist from the veggies, without feeling like you need to eat a bunch of veggies. The homemade is also a lot less salty and healthier for you than veggie broth at the store.

Homemade Bone Broth

Follow the Veggie broth recipe, add left over bones or chicken caucus. Bring it to a boil and then simmer on low for up to 4 hours. Strain through the bag and enjoy! The broth will last for a week in the fridge, or longer in the freezer.

Like the Veggie Broth, the Bone broth is very good for colds to boost your immune system. The collagen from the bone broth is also very good for your skin, hair, and overall health.

Homemade Green Juices- No Juicer Required!

Add half a cucumber, 3 pieces of kale, half a beet, quarter piece of ginger, and a carrot or two into a blender. Optional: some celery, additional greens, replace the beet with an apple, and add some lemon. Blend it all up with 2 cups of water, strain it through the bag and enjoy your fresh juice! Save the pulp to add to smoothies or on top of oatmeal.

Green juices are a great way to get a lot of nutritionist from the greens without feeling like you have to eat a big salad everyday. This recipe is great for a single serving. Triple the batch and store it in the fridge for a week’s worth of awesome green juice.

These recipes are easy and really convenient, especially for people who are trying to eat healthier but don’t feel like they have the time or resources to do so. Visit Gaia Guy's etsy page for more awesome items like bamboo yoga mats, bamboo slippers, and much more! I also have a give-a-way running on my instagram. Visit my page for your chance to win a free milk bag of your own! 

The History of Ziploc bags & A Zero Waste Alternative!

The average American family uses 500 Ziploc bags every year. This seems insane, since ziploc baggies are created to hold something for a moment of time. After the person removes that item from the bag, it is discarded in the trash or recycling. Yes, many ziploc baggies can be recycled, check out to see if your city recycles them in my Recycling Guide HERE!!! Needless to say, these baggies can’t be recycled an infinite amount of times. When they do end up in the landfill, oceans, or other areas of the planet they can be detrimental to our health and the environment. In this post, I will be going through the history of the plastic baggie, and an alternative that will help you reduce your waste and save you money in the long run.

In 1951, an inventor named Borge Madsen applied for a patent for a plastic slide fastener, which was the precursor of today’s familiar zip lock bag. His original design was slightly more complex than the current version and it looked like a traditional zipper with a tab. The same year, the company Flexigrip was founded with the intention of developing and marketing a product based on Madsen’s invention. As a result, he came up with the “press and seal” type of zipper that we most commonly use today.

Currently, the Ziploc is a brand name for plastic storage bags and many other products made by SC Johnson. The baggie is made out of either a low-density polyethylene (or LDPE, which corresponds with plastic #4) or high density polyethylene (or HDPE, which corresponds with plastic #2). Most film is recycled into composite lumber, a highly durable building material that is used for decks, benches, and playground equipment. These are great items, but they can’t be recycled again. All of the recycled plastic baggies will eventually end up in the landfill.

What if I could give you an amazing option that was waterproof and does NOT contain lead, phthalates, BPA or brominates and is tested for contact with foods! The Etsy shop BeegoHandmade creates amazing food pouches out of lightweight cotton and a Food, Medical Grade and Waterproof fabric for the inside lining of the pouches!!! They come in amazing patterns, including my personal favorite below!

I take them everywhere with me, including on weekend get away trips to ensure that I always keep snacks on me at all times! They are easy to clean with some soap and water, no washer machine or dishwasher necessary!!! These pouches do start off at $10 dollars each, which can be a little pricey. When you add up the amount of money you pay per year for ziploc baggies, these bad boys pay for themselves! Best of all you are supporting a thriving small business run by a women named Adriaan who currently lives in Richmond VA, where she creates all of the baggies!!


Best of all, she has offered a Coupon Code: ZERO15 for 15% off from now until March 24th 2018!! If you are in the market to purchase some amazing, durable, and waterproof baggies, I highly recommend checking her shop out!

StrawSleeves Review

Side Note: I have written a blog post about the Plastic Straws and the Ocean, which was featured on Straw Sleeve website HERE!!!

When I started my transition to a zero waste lifestyle, one of my first reusable options that I fell in love with was a metal straw! There is nothing better than drinking your morning smoothie or juice out of a plastic free straw. Currently, I have 5 metal straws and one bamboo one that come with me everywhere. So, why do people use billions and billions of straws everyday? 

Drinking straws is one of the oldest food utensils in the world. It gained popularity in the 1800's, being made out of rye grass. But, the original straw came out over 500 years ago! "In the ruins of the Sumerian cities and tombs, archeologist managed to find straws made from gold and the precious stone lapis lazuli. These expensive 3000 BC artifacts can give us the proof that the more simple designs were used far earlier than that, most probably created from carved wood or natural hollow plants." It is said that they use to drink beer out of their straws. 

 In 1888, American inventor Marvin C. Stone created first model of modern drinking straw. The straw was made out of paper that was wrapped around a pencil and then glued to stay closed. Around the 1950's, when plastic items came into popularity, the plastic straw was born. Now plastic straws are made out of Plastic #7. This plastic isn't usually recyclable. When it is recycled, it can only be turned into plastic furniture, or semi-recycled bags. As a result, plastic straws are usually thrown into the garbage and many times end up in the oceans. Once in the oceans, they can be eaten, stuck in turtles noses, and even stuck in octopuses tentacles. How can we continue to use this item, when it is so dangerous to the rest of our world? 

Many cities and towns have begun to ban plastic straws, bags, and other plastic items that aren’t usually considered recyclable. Guess what?! People didn't even notice that the ban had been put into place. They also didn’t mind the more environmental friendly alternatives, like paper bags, paper straws, reusable cloth bags, and even reusable metal and bamboo straws. In time, I hope that this will help inspire more cities and towns to ban more unnecessary plastic items. Until then, it's important to find companies that are working hard to provide more sustainable options to the masses. 

StrawSleeves, is a small online shop that has started to make big changes in the way of reusable straws, reusable utensil sets, and even reusable bags. All made of out reclaimed cotton, hemp, and denim. I own a reusable utensil set and one of StrawSleeves straws in the carrier case. The carrier case may not seem like a necessity, but it is definitely a nice thing to help keep your utensils and straws organized and clean while in your bag. I keep mine in my bag with me at all times, just in case.

The company is owned by Cheri Newcomb, a women who has dedicated her life to making reusable items more readily available to people who want to reduce the amount of plastic in their life. Their Instagram and Facebook pages are filled with information on their products, healthy recipes, and other resources that help you understand how beneficial living a plastic free life can be to our oceans and the environment.

I personally find these items to also make great Christmas and Birthday gifts for friends and family members who are travel a lot or are looking to help reduce their waste!!!

For more information visit the links below: 

http://www.eatingutensils.net/history-of-other-eating-utensils/drinking-straws-history/

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/14/world/plastic-straws-ban-campaigns/index.html

https://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/lifestyle/260549/The-end-of-singleuse-straws-is-nigh-here-are-6-ecofriendly-alternatives

https://earth911.com/home/food-beverage/recycling-mystery-plastic-straws/

 

 

 

 

All About Zero Waste Tea

I have received a lot of questions regarding the tea companies I support. Especially since I can't find an bulk tea places near me, except ones that are super expensive. Unfortunately, many in the zero waste community have explained that all tea companies in the world use plastic in their bags to make sure that they don't biodegrade. Though many do, there are some companies that don't use plastic in their tea bags. 

Instead, they use a corn starch compound that when mixed with the paper, forums a bag that wont break when put into hot water. Companies like Tea Pigs, Yogi Team, and many others found in the natural food section of your local grocery store all have corn starch instead of plastic in their tea bags. Now, it's always a better option to purchase tea package free. Unfortunately, it isn't regularly available to everyone. I enjoy supporting these companies and their efforts to try and make more sustainable products available to everyone. 

I have decided to enclose a list of tea companies who are biodegradable and the prices of these teas, to ensure you that their really is a company for everyone! 

Yogi Tea-

This is my personal favorite because I can find it everywhere, including Walmart for $3. That is insanely cheap for a sustainable product. They also make all of their packaging out of paper, cardboard, and soy ink. Everything, including the box, can be put into the compost. A lot of their teas are also organic and all of their tea is fair trade! 

Tea Pigs- 

This company is another favorite, but is definitely on the more expensive side at $8 a box. I can only find it at my local health food store. The tea is organic and fair trade. They a pretty good selection of teas, but unfortunately their bags are put in a plastic bag to ensure they stay fresh instead of paper. This is the biggest reason why I have decided to stop purchasing their tea. 

Traditional Medicinals- 

This company is a great one if you are looking for some classic remedies! They are regularly available at many stores, including my main grocery store. They are usually around $5 a box. I personally love their Lavender and Chamomile Tea for at night, which is all organic and fair trade. They entire box and tea bags are compostable and the company itself runs on renewable energy!! Better yet, they explain all of their companies information on the box itself so no research necessary! 

Choice Tea- 

I haven't yet to try this company out yet, but I find that they are available at my local health food store. Like the ones above, they have remarkable values and packaging! They also have an organization that is attached to the company and make sure that their farmers are satisfied. They aren't too expensive at $5 a box and are completely compostable and organic. They also now have mushroom teas for people who are interested in mushrooms for anxiety and depression. 

Numi Tea- 

Like Tea Pigs, Numi Tea is on the expensive side at $8 a box. They do use a lot of turmeric and ginger in their tea. I personally enjoy their turmeric and black teas once in a while. The company is very similar to the ones above, and continues to work with farmers in India to bring sustainable and organic tea to the rest of the world. They also have a rooibos tea that I was obsessed with in college. Unfortunately, my local health food store stopped caring it. 

Reshi Tea- 

This is another company on the higher end, that makes a lot of interesting Tea Blends. You may have heard Catlin Shoemaker from FromMyBowl mention their Turmeric and Ginger tea. They are around $7-8 a box. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find them at many of my local health food stores. 

These are just a small list of the amount of teas that come in compostable packaging. I feel like everytime I go to the grocery store, I am pleasently surprised to see more companies moving away from using plastic in their tea bags. This is an incredible strive in the zero waste lifestyle and a great way to allow more people to start transitioning their lifestyle without breaking the bank or driving hours away to purchase bulk tea. 

Do You Know What You're Smelling? The Haunting Effects of Candles on Your Health and the Environment

 

During the fall season, I love lighting a candle to help bring a sweet smell of cranberries, cinnamon, and cloves into the air. Bath and Body Works and Yankee Candle are two of the most popular candle companies, especially around the holiday season. Are there candles actually safe? What are you actually smelling/inhaling when you light those candles? Can they be harmful to your long term health? 

Underneath the amazing smell, are toxic chemicals that are just as dangerous as second hand smoke. According to Wellness Mama, most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In combination with the possible heavy metals like led in the wicks, even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals and toxic fumes that are much higher than the acceptable limits.

According to Green America, other toxic chemicals may be present in the paraffin mixture and released in during the burning. These ingredients include Acetone, Trichlorofluromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Cyclopentene, Stryene, Synthetic Fragrances, and other ingredients that can found in paint, laquer, and varnish removers. Do you really want to be inhaling all of these ingredients? As a result, I have started looking into alternative products. 

Thanks to Etsy, there are a ton of small businesses committed to making natural, sometimes vegan, and amazing candles. Instead of using paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances among the other toxic chemicals; these candles are only made out the simple ingredients of soy or beeswax and essential oils for smell, health, and mood.

Thanks to Kate from the Etsy shop DecorbyAdorned, her candles are natural soy candles are handmade in Minnesota, and are made with the best essential oils. Kate uses essential oils from Plant Therapy, to ensure that her candles are 100% pure. The awesome doesn’t stop there. She goes as far as to package everything in paper, using packing paper to ensure that the glass jar doesn’t break during travel. I am currently trying the Clove, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg candle, I have to say that it smells like Fall in a little jar and will definitely be repurchasing!!!! 

Kate hopes to expand her shop to include natural fabrics, blankets, and even maybe some pottery. She is committed to everything being eco-friendly, and shares her passion for the environment. 

Check back each week for more posts on small etsy shops and how committed to the zero waste lifestyle!!!! Don't forget to continue Zeroing In On Your Impact!!! 

Top 5 Best Sustainable, Vegan, and Minimalistic Documentaries!

There are a lot of documentaries on Netflix and Amazon. It’s difficult to find great documentaries on sustainability, veganism, and minimalism that are actually trying to educate people on the lifestyle, instead of explaining it as a forum of entertainment. It’s also important that documentaries explore important issues in today's society, and explain how you can enter the lifestyle and bring more positivity into your life. The reason I have chosen veganism, minimalism, and sustainable documentaries is because there is a ton of overlap between the three lifestyles. Many who are sustainable are also vegan and minimalistic. Here are my top 5 documentaries that I believe more people should watch to gain more knowledge and information into these three lifestyles.

 

5) Food Inc.

Food Inc. is the documentary that forced me to think critically about the vegan lifestyle. Especially when it comes to the lack of regulations in the meat and dairy industry.  The documentary follows the lives of farmers, parents, and many people who have seen the negative effects of the meat and dairy industry. Especially one parent who had to see her son die because of salmonella poisoning from uncooked chicken. This documentary shocked me into the vegan lifestyle, but it didn’t tell me how to go about the lifestyle. It just told me to stop eating meat. However, since I didn’t know a lot about the vegan lifestyle, I ended up eating a lot of salads and actually losing weight very quickly because I wasn’t gaining the right nutrients that I needed.  For those reasons, I have decided to put this at the bottom.

 

4) What the Health

This is another veganism documentary that concentrates more so on how one can be part of the vegan lifestyle. This in conjunction with Food Inc, allows for people to understand the dangers of the meat industry, as well as how they begin eating a more vegan diet. This documentary also digs a bit deeper into the marketing and lobbying of the meat and dairy industry. One example, is the American Cancer Society explains that one should eat a high-calorie, high-protein diet. This can be accomplished with a vegan diet. However, the website tells it’s audience to drink protein shakes with powdered non-fat dry milk, instant breakfast mix, and other dietary supplements. During the documentary, when asked to talk about these options on their website, that decline to comment. This is just one example of how lobbyists have a huge influence on the types of food we eat and the information we are given about our diet.

 

3) The Minimalists

Once I began eating a more plant-based diet, I began to understand the issues with consumerism. I decided to take my research a step further and take a look at the documentary, The Minimalists. This documentary explains positives and negatives of the lifestyle, and how one can become more minimalistic. Instead of explaining the minimalistic lifestyle as a trend, it reveals the various issues within the consumerist culture. The film is filled with footage of people kicking and screaming into their way through stores on Black Friday. The two founders/The Minimalistic, who created there website to spread the positive aspects of the minimalistic lifestyle also explain the unsatisfactory life that many consumers live. The reason being that stuff can buy happiness for that moment. Unfortunately, when the moment passes one feels that they need to purchase something else to get that feeling back. This especially comes when people use coupons or only purchase things on sale. In the end, they end up with a whole bunch of stuff that they hate. By thinking critically about our purchases and really asking ourselves, can we live without them? When we as a society slowly began to realize that what we thought we needed isn’t actually a need, we began to find ourselves spending less and less money.

 

2) A Plastic Ocean

We have finally reached the top two of the list! It was a difficult decision, but I have put this documentary at number 2 for many reasons. One in particular is that it ties the other three documentaries, whilst also looking at plastic in a new way. I found, the issues with trying to stay vegan and minimalistic, is that I still continued to purchase things that were plastic. Plastic is an oil based compound that can be made cheaply and into pretty much anything. However, it’s endangering our wild life, especially those who live in the ocean. One of the most important facts about our world that no one can deny is that our planet is mostly blue. Unfortunately, scientists have predicted that because of the amount of plastic, including micro plastics that are in the ocean. Every single underwater animal has some forum of plastic in its body. When we eat these animals, we ingest this plastic material. This is a horrifyingly realistic point that not many have considered when taking about the plastic industry and veganism. The documentary also follows a family as they try to reduce the amount of plastic they use on a daily basis. Please check it out if you haven’t already, or don’t think you can give up some food items that are wrapped in plastic. This documentary will definitely have you thinking otherwise.

 

1)   The Human Experiment

We have finally made it to number 1! This documentary is one of the most eye opening documentaries that I have ever watched. Especially as someone whose family members have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This documentary may cross the fine line between educational and horrifying. However, it speaks to a larger audience, which I think needs to be done more. Most documentaries are speaking to either a younger or older generation. This one takes stories from young people, older people, minorities, and people of all kinds to really explain how terrifying plastic, chemicals, and harmful toxins are to our bodies. For those reasons I have decided to put it as number 1. This is definitely not for people who have just started the zero waste lifestyle. Instead for those who sometimes think it’s too difficult and need a bit of a push of encouragement to continue going. This documentary follows the lives of people whose health has been directly infused by chemicals that are mass marketed to everyone as safe and effective. It ties in elements from all the four other documentaries, while also touching on subjects that people usually turn away from wanting to learn about, since “everyone dies at some point in their life, right?” What if we could stop using plastic and chemicals, thus living longer?

Luckily for you, all of these documentaries can be found on Netflix, as of September 2017. I am always up for watching and hearing more about amazing documentaries. Let me know in the comments if I forgot any!!