Greenspiration - living a green lifestyle

Let’s be real, being eco-conscious isn’t always easy. There’s a lot to keep up with: your carbon footprint, which day recycling gets picked up, the ever-changing policies that will determine the future of our planet...just to name a few. Educating yourself on the subject shouldn’t be a chore, so we’ve done the work for you and created a list of books and movies to inspire you to keep living that green life. Pick up your feet, grab a bottle of Green Sheep Water, and enjoy one (or more!) of the following books or movies.

Books

Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water
Peter H. Gleick
Bought and Sold attempts to answer the million dollar question, “is bottled water really better than tap?” Berkeley scientist Peter Gleick shares how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most commercially successful products today. Gleick investigates whether the bottled water industry’s claims about safety, convenience, and taste hold true when compared to tap water (hint hint: they don’t). At Green Sheep Water, we always hope you'll use tap water when it's available to you. But for the times it's not, that's when we hope you'll think beyond plastic.

Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
Captain Charles Moore
Captain Charles Moore was sailing home when he found himself in the middle of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or what he dubbed “plastic soup”.  The largest garbage dump on the planet is in the middle of our biggest ocean, where the plastic outweighs the zooplankton by six to one! Moore exposes the inconvenient truth behind plastic and urges for change. Aye, aye, Captain!

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Susan Freinkel
We have an unhealthy obsession with plastic and it isn’t going away anytime soon. Humans have produced as much plastic in the last decade as we did in the entire 20th century (holy smokes!). Susan Freinkel looks at the history of how plastic has infiltrated our lives. Freinkel shares her findings by delving into the story of eight common plastic items: a comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, pop bottle, and our personal fave, the credit card. Spoiler alert: plastic will break your heart.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
Edward Humes
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes takes readers on a dumpster diving investigative journey through America’s biggest export: trash. The statistics and discoveries are appalling and devastating to our little green hearts. Humes answers the questions we have been thinking about: what’s in trash, why do we produce so much of it, and most importantly, is a less wasteful future possible?

Movies

Divide in Concord
Eighty-four year-old Jean Hill is on a mission to fight the sale of single-serve plastic water bottles in the small American town of Concord, Massachusetts. Met with strong opposition from local merchants and that deep-pocketed bottled water industry, fiery Jean continues her idealistic fight undeterred. Want to know how it all turned out?

A Plastic Ocean
A Plastic Ocean follows journalist Craig Leeson and free diver Tanya Streeter joined by a team of international scientists and researchers as they travel to twenty locations all over the world to examine the state of our oceans. Along the way, they reveal alarming truths about the oceans and suggest ways we can help. 

Tapped
Stephanie Soechtig examines the big business of bottled water and its effect on our health, the economy, and the environment. It takes a closer look at industry giants like PepsiCo and Nestle Water, examining their transportation costs and conducting tests on the plastic bottle materials.

Before the Flood
Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Hollywood's sustainability guru Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the world to see the effects of climate change firsthand. DiCaprio meets with scientists and politicians globally to expose the reality of climate change and learn what we can do to prevent further deterioration of our beloved planet. "We'll never let go (of hope), Jack."

Inspired already? We definitely were. All of these books and movies pushed us towards finding a more sustainable bottled water solution. Join the movement, and start saying bye bye to plastic today.

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