Monday, September 14, 2009

Don't Make an Impact

My coworkers think I am pretty hardcore about recycling, avoiding plastic, etc. But I've got thing on No Impact Man.

No Impact Man, a book, and now a movie, tells the story of Colin Beavan, who decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.

It 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.

I'm not sure when (if?) the movie will play in Memphis, but I sure hope it does. Here's a peek at the trailer:

Inspired? Why not become a No Impact Man/Woman for a week? Check out the No Impact Project.

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