No Impact Man: The Documentary
10:33 AM Apr 20, 2010
No Impact Man documents how Colin Beavan's family tries to "survive" for a year in New York City without buying anything that is not locally produced, processed, or packaged (forget coffee!!). They eliminate electricity (forget the heat, lights, and the refrigerator), attempt to compost food scraps in their apartment (not successfully), rely on bikes for transportation, and grow a small garden. They become "regulars" at the local farmers' market, buy needed items at the thrift store, and Beaven's wife finally learns to cook! As the year of "no impact" concludes, Beaven and his wife agree that many of the changes they made will continue in their daily lives.
From Netflix: "A Fifth Avenue family goes very green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment in this engaging documentary. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival."
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