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No Impact Man [DVD]

Justin Schein , Laura Gabbert    Exempt   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Justin Schein, Laura Gabbert
  • Producers: Laura Gabbert, Bobby Johnston
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZIZ2SE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,879 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Colin Beavan 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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What would life be like without coffee? How would we cope without buying something new? What difference can be made by relying on local produce and can waste be reduced to virtually zero? Can life go on without electrical appliances? Is it possible, practical, and enjoyable to live this way? Such issues are at the heart of No Impact Man (2009) a docufilm recording 12 months in which New Yorker Colin Beavan and his family attempt to live without making an impact on the environment.

Implementing a strategy of radical reduction over several phases, Beavan strips life back to essentials in an attempt to live in line with his values. First to go are carbon-producing modes of transport, the use of elevators (which in itself is a challenge given the infrastructure of a city like New York) and the television. Adopting a strategy of `reduce, reuse, recycle,' he commits to buying only locally sourced food (within a 250 mile radius), purchasing as much as possible from the Farmer's Market, where produce is generally sold without packaging, thus reducing unnecessary waste. Food scraps are composted by worms. Determined to ditch goods that can't be recycled, domestic cleaning products are jettisoned in favour of sustainable methods that include home-made soaps, surface cleaners, and washing detergent using substances like white vinegar, baking soda, and borax. Even toilet paper becomes an unsustainable luxury. The final stage doesn't take place until six months have elapsed when power is switched off, rendering appliances such as the fridge and electrical lighting redundant.

The transition from consumerholic to No Impact Man is not without its hitches. Beavan's partner, Michelle Conlin, is a high-flyer in the media business, working for a major business publication.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 for giving it a go! 10 Feb 2011
I had this idea myself a year ago but 'never quite got round to it' (yet!) but was delighted to find that someone else in (un)'civilisation' had given it a go first........not in rural ireland, (like myself), but in central Manhattan (!!!!) There are, as you can imagine, considerable challenges/difficulties experienced by the family throughout the film, surprisingly the worst seemed to be deep feelings of alone-ness and isolation, felt at low points, but that forces the family to pull much closer together. It is an honest film about honest people who, by radically changing their own lives seem to - by the end of the film (in my opinion) have achieved a lot, not least a genuine sense of 'the Power of One'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant DVD 5 Mar 2011
By sheehap
I really enjoyed this DVD and have watched it a couple of times. It gave a fascinating insight into what it would take for people to change their lives in order to reduce the impact on our enviroment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Impact Man-- ??Really 21 Sep 2012
The premise is simple --A New York Family(fairly liberal, affluent and articulate) decide to have no environmental impact for a year
Whilst some of the measures seem laudable
-Farmers' markets, less packaging and seasonal eating
-An allotment
-Comoposting(despite the flies)
-No TV
-No air travel
-No Elevators

Some seem plain nuts
-No refridgeration- but it is okay to use your neighbour's ice
-Working for the "captalist" media- as put by one of their gardening friends (enjoying all mod cons during the day)

And what is the carbon footprint of the film crew??

All in all a thought provoking couple of hours but it felt like an update of the Good Life with less laughs
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