No Impact Man



Colin Beavan is No Impact Man. He decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for a year.

That means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.

No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.

Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change.

One intersting conclusion seems to be that one could say, that individualism has lead to consumerism. Collectivity can lead to sharing, whereas individualism leads to that everybody buys everything new and for themselves.

There is a blog – – a book and it’s moviefied: You can watch it here:

Colin Beavan – No Impact Man (2009)

Motto: reduce, reuse, recycle.

Text partly based on the blog

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