Is it possible to have a good life without wasting so much? Writer Colin Beavan explores this idea in a new documentary called No Impact Man.
I was surprised and excited to see a No Impact Man trailer at the theater this weekend (I gave my daughter a high-five after the trailer). Is living a no impact life going main stream?
No meat, no fish, no electricity, no cosmetics, no heat, no tv, no transportation (they live in NYC), no elevators, no disposable containers, no toilet paper… for a year. Does this sound too extreme? I was on board until the no toilet paper bit, and then I got a little squeamish.
Beyond the environmental benefits, Colin described his project as:
- The year I lost 20 pounds without going to the gym once.
- The year we didn’t watch tv and we became much better parents as a result.
- Or the year we ate locally and seasonally, and it ended up reversing my wife’s pre-diabetic condition.
I love stories with unexpected results like this – I set out to consume less and became a better parent.
No Impact Man probably won’t inspire people to give up toilet paper, but it may inspire people to eat local produce, walk more, live closer to their jobs, avoid disposable products, start a garden, buy used things, eat less meat…
And who knows what unexpected results could happen from a few consumption cutbacks?