Last night, I saw a preview screening of “No Impact Man,” the documentary about Colin Beavan. Chances are you know him as the guy who gave up everything from toilet paper to electricity for a year, on a quest to make himself and his family have absolutely no negative effects on the environment. After an article about him ran about him in the New York Times, a media blitz ensued and Colin became something of a celebrity (though a polarizing one), landing on “Good Morning America,” “The Colbert Report,” etc, etc, etc.
But while he may be the titular No Impact Man, the real star of the documentary is Colin’s wife, Michelle Conlin. Keep reading »
Colin Beavan, his wife, and their young daughter have spent the last year trying to lead a no carbon impact lifestyle in New York City, blogging about the experience on “No Impact Man”. The experiment included, among other things, producing no trash except for what went into a compost, purchasing no goods except for food grown within a 250-mile radius, using no carbon-based transportation (very tough in NYC!), and using no paper products, including toilet paper. Colin was on The Colbert Report earlier this month explaining just how fun this experience has been. A book based on the blog will be released in 2009, which Colin promises, “will be printed and produced in some, yet to be determined, sustainable way.” Keep reading »