Four Zero Waste documentaries you won’t want to miss

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jeremy irons trashed film myzerowasteThis post is long overdue, but thanks to Jo, in our Facebook Group, I’m now putting it together!

Jo asked:

I’m looking for an inspiring zero-waste/minimalism documentary or YouTube videos to watch. I’m looking to try and get my manbeast on board with shenanigans.

Well I love a few zero waste shenanigans, so here’s what we came up with:



I suggested Trashed with Jeremy Irons because an hour or so into the movie, you’ll see yours truly taking Jeremy shopping for a naked cucumber! The film outlines the issues of waste and sustainability across the world and asks what we can do about it.

Mission Blue

Mission Blue is a feature documentary about legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to create a global network of protected marine sanctuaries.

The Story of Stuff

You can watch this 20 minute fast-paced movie for free. The Story of Stuff takes a look at our consumption patterns and exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Watch the entire movie for free right now:

Clean Bin Project

Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste.


Simply Greener Mummy

Run by Kate from London, her Simply Greener Mummy channel shows her family journey to minimalism, zero waste and ethical, sustainable living – one step at a time.

Fort Negrita

Ree runs Fort Negrita. She describes herself as an Earth advocate with passion for zero-waste, traveling, self-reliance, and regenerative energy and waste.

The Darling M

Margaret’s tagline is “loving a finite planet to infinity.” On her channel she navigates environmental & personal sustainability; and asks “is a plastic-free, zero waste, vegan life the way to go?”

The minimalist ninja

The Minimalist Ninja is all about living with less and enjoying life to the fullest. Her goal is to spread the word about minimalism and inspire others to live a simple, zero waste, life.

Sea & Silva

Ever since Hayley became aware of the connection between consumerism & its effect on the rest of the world she’s made it a priority to educate herself about the changes she can make that make a positive difference.

My minimalist baby

My minimalist baby describes itself as follows “Minimalism, zero waste and living frugally with a family on a 20 acre permaculture property in rural Victoria, Australia.”
If you read through to the end, here’s a special gift for you. My 2 1/2 minutes of fame with Jeremy Irons, talking a load of trash:

What about you – what documentaries or YouTube channels do you recommend for people who are interested in a zero waste lifestyle?

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Carole Fearon says:

    There was recently a documentary on TV called The War On Waste. Three part series. An Australian production. Set here in Australia. Highlights plastics and plastic bags/coffee cups, microplastics, clothing industry and how our clothing is fast fashion and highly disposable to the detriment of the environment. Does not break down as has man made fibres in it which also get into the water when you do your laundry. Ends up in the oceans. Really made a lot of people think and effect change in Australia Recommended viewing. Don’t know if there is a link or You Tube for other countries to watch though.

    • Mrs Green says:

      Thanks for the recommendation Carole; we had a similar programme here in the UK which was fantastic for raising awareness of these issues 🙂 [email protected] see if I can find something on YouTube to compare

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