No Impact Man

I watched the movie, “No Impact Man” the other night and it put a lot of things in perspective. The movie (and book) is about about a New York City family who decided to spend a year living with as little impact on the environment as humanly possible. That meant eating all local, organic food. Not buying anything that comes with packaging – no to-go containers, no plastic bags, no paper cups, etc… They sold their television and went through their closets, sorting out what they really needed and didn’t need, and brought the unwanted items to a thrift store. They traveled either on foot or by bike and eschewed elevators and escalators because they use energy to run. After six months of slowly lessening their impact, one step at a time, they switched off their power breaker in their apartment and went without electricity for the remaining six months. They did their wash in the bathtub by walking on their clothes after they’ve been soaking for several hours and they made all their own cleaning supplies and bottled them in recycled bottles.

This is definitely an extreme example of living sustainably, but a lot of the things they did are easy and worthwhile, as long as you’re willing to take a few extra steps. It’s a good movie and I recommend it to anybody interested in moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Hopefully you’ll take something away from it and perhaps even learn something new!

Here are a few ways to reduce your impact

Catalog Choice – Unsubscribe from all the unwanted catalogs that find their way into your mailbox

Meatless Mondays – If every American didn’t eat meat on Mondays, we would save save 890 gallons of water a week and 12 billion gallons of oil a year

Buy in bulk (and bring your own bags) – Containers and packaging make up over 30% of all municipal solid waste. Buying in bulk reduces packaging and saves money!

Go easy on the fish – Both because the ocean is being severely overfished and because the amount of mercury found in seafood is becoming increasingly hazardous to human health. I haven’t watched it yet, but The Cove is revolutionary in the fight to save our oceans and it’s inhabitants

Don’t buy bottled water and use your own bags when shopping – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a giant massage of floating garbage between Japan and California. It is roughly the size of Texas and comprised mostly of plastics. It takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down!

Walk, bike, run, or carpool! – It saves gas, money, and it’s reduces the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere

Compost – You can do it even if you don’t have a backyard!

Renee Loux – A good resource for green living


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