Seeing innovative and creative ways certain companies are changing the model of capitalism that has been harmful for the environment, this documentary seeks to find the natural solution to large scale environmental impact. Hoping to urge other companies to sustainability, they share their stories.
Inclusion StatementWe want this film to be an informative tool for people of all ages and across the globe as climate change is the emergency that affects every human being. We will represent the racial, cultural, geopolitical and socio-economic factors behind climate crisis, eg. the colonial nature of economics.
About The Project
In order to save the planet, corporate, industry and government practices must adapt to the pressures of climate change. This feature length documentary will look at for-profit companies with a business structure devoted to sustainability.
We are a team of four young documentary filmmakers from around the world with our office in Barcelona. We like to work with real issues that we face in the world as young individuals and make documentaries where we see a solution. A regular discussion in the team has been about the cost of living sustainably in a big city, and how it’s almost impossible whilst living on a budget. From the vast (and sometimes unnecessary) use of plastic in budget supermarkets to the high cost of trains over flights, we want to understand why the existing structure is so harmful for the environment.
We met a sous chef who works with Original Beans at an event in Barcelona this June, and got talking about the company’s mission to be not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative. We started developing a documentary about sustainable business models with them, and realised this universal theme that is worth the attention of the public and businesses alike. Since then, we have got in touch with numerous individuals, artists, innovators, start ups, businesses and organisations who have found creative solutions to be sustainable.
We are going to look at a sustainable music festival and all the creative solutions they have found to make a miniature eco-friendly city. We will analyse the five stages of circular economy- Natural Resources, Industrial Practices, Consumer Habits, Waste Management and Resource Regeneration to see their model. Sustainable industry, just like any other industry has to be made up of a network of similar companies who exchange products and services, rather than individual companies who are mutually exclusive. Looking at Ecosia, Original Beans, Daan Roosegaarde and other such companies, we see the fun, creative and collaborative ways in which these companies are leading the change in corporate structures.
The Arhuaco tribe in Columbia is one of the most appropriate examples of the burden the capitalist structures have put on our natural resources and the communities that have grown them. They have been growing high quality chocolate in their native land since centuries, treating chocolate as the giver of their livelihood, but they were forced to leave their lands as a result of Spanish colonialism. They were able to return to the native lands recently, and since then have been working with Original Beans who ensure that their chocolate is treated with the respect it deserves and its value is understood everywhere it is sold. Original Beans ensures fair price and fair trade to the tribe, but their responsibility does not end there.
Coming back to the music festival, we see the way they build their festival, and what steps they take to ensure eco-friendly construction. We also see eco-friendly structures and installations that they are showcasing, and explore one of them in depth. Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower is one of the most breathtaking urban structures that is meant to trap carbon particles from the air and in the process purify the air on a massive scale. It has been installed in China, Netherlands, Poland and is en route to travel even more.
At the festival, we try to talk with the festival-goers and sustainable consumer brands to understand consumer habits of a large number of people. We ask experts how widespread arrangements, habits and practices can be installed in place to encourage sustainability in cities. For example, with a simple €2 deposit for reusable plastic cups, the festival has removed the need for one time plastic.
One of the biggest problems in consumer economies is the amount of waste produced after consumption and the lack of proper management of waste. By looking at how the festival ensures it remains accountable for the waste it has generated and also looking at some of WLG’s waste management partners, we go to the root of the problem and understand from them what city governments and companies can do to ensure the minimisation of waste to ensure the maximum composting, sorting and recycling of waste.
At this stage, we see the culmination of the festival and reveal their partnership with Ecosia to plant 1 tree for every festival goer. Ecosia is a revolutionary search engine that plants 1 tree for every 45 searches on their platform. Modern problems need modern solutions, and Ecosia is trying to do just that.
This is just the tip of our research and we hope to save the iceberg for later (pun intended). We are not only trying to raise production costs for our documentary, but are also trying to raise awareness and a network of people for the values that this documentary stands for.
With the help of your support, we hope to reach the people with the ability to make these large scale changes through research, knowledge, screenings, partnerships and any other way that you would like to get involved with the documentary.
We are also interested in Co-Producing this documentary with production houses in France, Netherlands and Columbia. So if you or someone you know is interested, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct Social Impact
We believe in putting our word where our mouth is. We said direct social impact, and we mean it. By partnering with Ecosia, we will try to mitigate our carbon footprint in the making of this documentary. We will also be looking to screen this as an educational tool at school and university level all around the world. Our real motive is to urge more circular business models from the ground up, and therefore, we will also act as a medium to connect circular businesses to build a network of support through an online forum.
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About This Team
The Natural Solution team is made up of the 4 founders (an co-directors) of the documentary production company, Black Line Productions. With a passion for documentary, we came together to make films which have a direct social impact, allowing for a real effect on the topics which we cover.
Ben Appleton (Co-Director, DOP)
comes from a background in photography and cinematography, forever searching for beauty within the frame. His passion for nature and sustainability has been the driving force of the Natural Solution documentary.
Prapti Mittal (Co-Director, Producer)
has experience as a director, DOP and producer for various prestigeous companies and projects, in London, Mumbai, Delhi and Barcelona.
Roman Weston (Co-Director, Editor)
began his film journey in fiction film, with is last project having been nominated for Best Drama at The Royal Television Society. He now works with us in documentary film and specialises as an editor.
Harriet Davies (Co-Director, Production Manager)
Her passion for documentary stems from her background in history and cultural studies. Her wide array of film experience and stive for a social impact with every film keeps us on track with our goals.