Conscious Consumption

Conscious consumption has become an important part of my life. Instead of letting books, podcasts, TV shows, documentaries, articles, and essays wash over me without leaving a mark, I started making an effort to actually take in what I was consuming. Over time, I am building a database of these consumptions including my impressions. This page was started at the beginning of 2021 and is slowly getting filled. Pardon the construction mess.


#03 - February 25, 2021

Documentary: The Secret Life of Trees

Fascinating.

Quite a while ago, I listened to the audiobook version of the book that is the base for this documentary. As you know, I am not really good with audiobooks, so I don’t remember much. I didn’t even remember that it was a book by a German author. Time for a re-read.

Nonetheless, the documentary was very well-done and very fascinating. Another eye-opening documentary about the natural world that motivated me to want to save this stunning planet.

Forests are not just trees. There’s an entire network and trees communicate way more than we think. They might not talk like the Ents in the Lord of the Rings, but they definitely talk to each other. Isn’t that amazing?

Documentary: Mission Blue

Motivating.

If someone asks me who I’d go to dinner with if I could choose anyone on this planet, dead or alive, it would be David Attenborough and Silvia Earle. In her documentary, Mission Blue, Silvia talks about her life as a diver and conservationist. She talks about what we have done to our oceans and how she is trying to save it.

If you have a moment and a Netflix subscription, I suggest giving this one a watch to get yourself motivated to get off the couch and into nature.

Book: Primate Change

Worth the read.

I had heard about this book in a Youtube video about furniture-free living and immediately started reading it, as I was in-between books at the time. It’s a fascinating read about how humans have civilized themselves into worse health and how the environment we have created for ourselves is making us weaker. He includes great tips on how to improve these issues in your own life and those of your kids in each chapter. Definitely worth the read.


#02 - February 09, 2021

Documentary: A Life on Our Planet

Everyone should watch this.

David Attenborough calls this documentary his witness statement. He shares the experience he had over his lifetime, how lucky he was to explore the planet. He shows how much biodiversity has already been lost during his life span. He gives an outlook on the future if humanity doesn't change. And finally, he tells us what to do to actually change this reality.

Like many of Attenborough's creations, A Life on Our Planet was a masterpiece. Everyone should watch this one. Watch it, share it, spread the news, so we can save this planet before it is too late.

Book: Soul of an octopus by Sy Montgomery

Worth the read.

I listened to the audio book version of this book quite a while back. Finally, I got around to re-reading the story. Sy’s exploration of octopus, their lives, their personalities, and their minds is worth the read.

While I didn’t enjoy every bit of this book (her diving “experience” makes me cringe), most of the book is entertaining and educational.

I have dived with octopus and developed a neck for finding them. Octopus always fascinated me. There is a reason why my next tattoo will be a California two-spot octopus. The knowledge in this book, presented in an easy-to-digest format is worth the read for anyone who cares about creatures below water.


#01 - January 31, 2021

TV show: Good Omens

Hell yeah!

My husband and I finished Good Omens shortly before I went to the hospital. It’s a short series inspired by the book with the same name. I hadn’t read any Terry Pratchett in a long time, but watching the series made me add two of my favorites to the TBR list. The show is well-done and both my husband and I laughed out loud every episode (even without the aid of our favorite green herb  that is so unfortunately illegal in Germany). If you don’t want mere passive TV watching but something with a well-crafted story, carefully written dialogue, and characters that actually have character, I give this one my full recommendation.

Documentary: Less is Now

Meh.

I have been following the Minimalists for a long time. I read their books when they were first published. I’ve been a listener of their podcast (and their private Patreon-financed podcast) for years. When they announced a new documentary, I had high hopes for it. I’m sad to report that I was thoroughly disappointed by the result.

Not only is it mostly a more dramatized repeat of the first documentary, but they also went well overboard with the scripted monologues. I’m used to those from Joshua (when I had a conversation with him a few months back, I didn’t feel like I was supposed to say a word and instead listened to him rattle of his rote monologue), but it was horrible to see Ryan, who usually loosens up the podcast with unscripted charismatic responses, stand in a fake room citing something memorized and scripted.

The whole documentary felt like a trailer or teaser to a really good documentary that was never released.

Book: Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden

Worth the read.

When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, the doctors suggested I stay on the Mirena IUD as that supposedly helped with the symptoms. Unhappy with the explanation, I started doing my research and found out that there is actually pretty little evidence that suggests hormones help with endometriosis. So, I started looking into natural ways to heal my body instead. I ordered a box of sustainable latex condoms and started reading. One of the books I read related to this topic was the Period Repair Manual. The book is worth reading for anyone who gets a period (or has their period suppressed by hormones). I admit I skipped a few of the sections that detailed how to cure things I don’t suffer from, mostly because of repetitive information in them (I guess, she was aware of people skipping from the end of the introductory sections to their own ailment), but the sections the general chapters and the sections that applied to me were worth purchasing the book. I am currently trying out a few of her suggestions. It’s too early to report any progress, but I am determined to try this the natural way before putting my body through the hormones that have wreaked so much havoc over the past decade.