The movie follows Colin Beavan, his wife Michelle, and their 2 year old daughter Isabella as they spend 1 year (living in New York City) attempting to make no impact on the Earth.
For this they give up, in stages mind you (they didn't go completely cold turkey)
I myself would have had to draw the line at toilet paper...that would have to be my luxury item if I were to do such a project.
They made sure that they ate food grown within 250 miles of their home, which meant giving up on Starbucks but eating more from the local farmer's market.
Overall I thought the film was a little extreme, but I think his point was to see what things they could live without if they tried and giving everything up all at once gave them a clean slate to start from.
In the end I think they found they enjoyed family time more and eating local foods. It made them feel more connected to their city and more conscientious of their consumption.
I had my husband watch this with me because I thought this would appeal to him, and did it ever.
We've decided to make an action plan and see what we could do to make less of an impact.
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As these projects progress I will be sure to blog about it. Because if something is a success, or even a failure, there is bound to be something we can learn from it and by sharing with all of you who knows what you can teach me :)
What sort of suggestions for having less impact can you share?