Big Ideas for a Small Planet

2008 TV-PG 1 season

Big Ideas for a Small Planet

2008 TV-PG 1 season
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From bamboo bicycles to hamburgers made of sustainable meat, this eco-minded documentary series from the Sundance Channel spotlights innovators who are devising ways to make the world a greener place. With such topical themes as "Fuel," "Furnish" and "Gadgets," episodes are devoted to vehicles that run on vegetable oil, furniture built of scrap wood, circuit boards made of chicken feathers and malls powered by the shoppers in them.
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Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 2 discs

Part of "The Green" -- the Sundance Channel's block of environmentally aware programming -- this documentary series focuses on the innovative designers, inventors and companies that are on the cutting edge of creating greener places and products. Highlights from Season 1 include episodes that focus on making living spaces more earth-friendly, from using recycled furniture to "greening" cities with plots of plants and flowers.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this documentary series takes a strong environmentalist stance. It's so persuasive, in fact, that it may result in tweens and teens encouraging parents to ditch their SUVs or buy hemp clothing. Interviews with experts and entrepreneurs sometimes contain lighthearted expletives. Each episode features a "Lexus hybrid living tip," and several other brand names appear on screen, usually in the background.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Dire predictions about the future of the environment may be scary to younger viewers. Brief footage of floods and other natural disasters.


Some fairly lighthearted cursing, like "bulls--t," "badass," "hell," and "screw."

Social Behavior

Encourages viewers to be proactive and more environmentally responsible.


Tie-in with Lexus hybrid cars. Some brands are visible in the background -- such as Coors Light, Honda, Firestone, and 7-11.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Beer visible.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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