Living sustainably and eating a healthy vegan diet were not inherent parts of my life growing up. As a child of America in the 90s, I was first and foremost a consumer. A consumer of fast fashion, fast food, and meat... lots of meat.  The journey to where I am now has been a long one: A journey filled with personal change and progress... a journey of ups and downs... But ultimately a journey to a healthier, happier, and "more sustainable" me.

     The person who I am today has been fueled not only by my travels and the people I have met, but also in large part by my constant seeking of knowledge. I started at first by reading books such as The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Eating Animals by Johnathan Safran Foer; Eat Right For Your Type by Dr. Peter D'Adamo; The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; and many more. These books made references to documentaries, peaking my interest to explore further. I have since watched hundreds of documentary films on a wide array of subjects surrounding sustainable living.

     Ranging from diet and health; environmental protection and sustainability; living with less; the fast fashion industry; the way we interact with one another; to the awe and beauty of the world we live in.

Here are my Top Documentaries that Inspire Sustainable, Healthy Living:

Forks Over Knives

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 A film explaining why a plant-based diet, free of processed foods is necessary for optimal health. It focuses on the ethical principles of veganism, but more so on the scientific proof that plant-based diets work best for our bodies. "Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods." - Brian L. Wendel

That Sugar Film

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"One man's journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as 'healthy'. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves"- Madman Entertainmen

Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret


"The World's largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability."

 Racing Extinction 

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"Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction. Whether infiltrating notorious black markets with guerrilla-style tactics or exploring the scientific causes affecting changes to the environment, RACING EXTINCTION will change the way we see the world and our role within it."

Dirt! The Movie

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 "DIRT! The Movie brings to life the environmental, economic, social, and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. ...DIRT! The Movie is a call to action. 'The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.' What we've destroyed, we can heal." - Common Ground Media, Inc.

Mission Blue

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"Legendary oceanographer and TED prize winner Dr. Sylvia Earle is on a mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part action-adventure, part expose of an Eco-disaster. More than 100 scientists, philanthropists and activists gather in the Galapagos Islands to help fulfill Dr. Earle's lifelong wish: build a global network of marine protected areas, like underwater national parks, to protect the natural systems that keep humans alive. As the expedition ends, Sylvia and an environmental dream team race around the world trying to defend her 'Hope Spots'."

True Cost

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"This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?" -Michael Ross

We the Tiny House People

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"TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in tiny spaces."


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 "Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and thousands of years." -Nation Earth



"Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders."

I hope you are as moved by these documentaries as I have been. And as always thanks for reading.




     Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season for America. I believe that its meaning often gets lost, however, amongst media coverage of feasts and “Black Friday” deals. I love preparing healthy, delicious, vegan meals for myself and my family, but I also recognize that the true reason for celebration is about much more.

     It is about being with loved ones.. about having time to slow down and reflect upon our lives. And more than anything, about recognizing the innumerable things we have to be thankful for.

     As citizens of first-world countries, we live in a time of unprecedented plenty. We have year-round access to fresh and nutritious food. We can breathe clean air and drink clean water. We are, for the most part, safe from war and infectious diseases. Because of the internet we have endless knowledge at our fingertips and communication available around the clock. 

     We also finally see ourselves in a time of ever-growing acceptance for those who are different from ourselves. Diversity in our physical and digital lives is opening us up to new ideas and ways of life. We are learning that we are stronger as global community, and that the better we understand and accept one another, the better our lives will be. I would love for us all to recognize how lucky we are, and use this time to reflect upon what we have. 

     I am thank full for being alive. I am thankful for my health, happiness and strength. I am thankful for my endlessly supportive family and friends; for my fellow creatives, entrepreneurs, and volunteers; for my amazing bookers and all of their hard work at all of my agencies around the world. I am forever grateful for my modeling career… the opportunities that it affords me, and the places it has allowed me to see. 

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     I am thankful for all the world’s creatures (from a tiny microbe to the awe-inspiring, giant Blue Whale). I am thankful for the clean air I breathe and the clean water I drink. I am forever grateful for the remaining natural environments of the world. I know that the biodiversity of the Earth allows our lives to flourish, and I am thankful for the NGO’s and Non-Profits of the world that continuously fight for their protection. I am also thankful for the government officials that recognize the need for their protection, and make climate action a priority as well. 

  There are many things to be thankful for, but don’t let your gratitude stop with just a thought. It is important that we turn our thoughts into action… express thanks to those who are close to you and to those who have helped you this year. Together, we can make the true meaning of Thanksgiving come to life.

      I invite you all to take further action, by joining me in the campaign from Racing Extinction #StartWith1Thing.

     And don't forget to watch Racing Extinction when it premiers on the Discovery Channel, December 2, 2015 at 9pm (8c). 

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       I am deeply moved by all of my readers, and those who continue to support me along my Model4greenliving journey. My ability to communicate my passions through this blog gives me endless hope and joy. I am humbled and encouraged with each and every new reader I have, and that is why, this Thanksgiving, I am also incredibly grateful for YOU, my readers. 

                                                                        Love and thanks,


Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.