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Colin Beavan - No Impact Man

Colin Beavan - No Impact Man

As you may be aware, I’m a great fan of Colin Beavan, aka No Impact man. His story has captured media interest as he, his wife and their young daughter lived for a year in Manhattan without creating an environmental impact.

We focus on the waste issue on myzerowaste, and sure we do some ‘live lightly’ stuff that we don’t talk about much on the site, but Colin gave up using elevators to save electricity, started using wind up alarm clocks, gave up starbucks, air conditioning, toothpaste and night time electric lighting to reduce his carbon footprint to virtually zero.

In fact, on his journey to reducing his impact on the earth, Colin consciously assessed

  • consumption (buying nothing new)
  • waste (going zero waste)
  • transportation (they use bikes and legs)
  • food (they buy local vegetarian food)
  • energy (no elevators, refrigerators, TV)
  • water (no toxic cleaning products and a cup of water for brushing teeth)
  • and giving back.

He even advocates an ‘eco sabbath’ where you spend a day giving the planet a break and showing appreciation.

The launch of his documentary film has taken the US by storm and now, we in the UK, have the opportunity to share in the story via some screenings of No Impact Man around 25 cinemas in the country.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be at the Phoenix Picture house, Oxford next Tuesday 7th September at 20:45 hosing a Q&A session after the screening.

If there are any Oxford readers of the site, please do let me know – we’d love to meet up with you at the event and may even be able to bag you a free ticket!

Meanwhile, over in Suffolk, Mrs A will be hosting the Q&A at the screening of No Impact Man at Abbeygate Picturehouse in Bury St Edmunds at 8.30pm.  If any of you are in her neck of the woods, please book your tickets or turn up on the night and introduce yourselves!
If you have seen the film or read the book already, I’d love to know what you think of it and what changes it has inspired you to make.

Don’t forget – there are prizes to be won next week week. Sign up on our zero waste week page, pledge to reduce your food waste then come back during the week and tell us how you are getting on. One winner will get a £50 voucher from LUSH and another will get a £50 from Natural Collection.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Karin says:

    I found the book quite an inspiration, so thoroughly recommend it as well as the film to anyone who can go along.

    I was going to just hope it might get screened here or wait for the DVD to come out, but maybe I could get in touch with one or two people and suggest that we have a local screening.

  2. Katharine says:

    I’m in Oxford and definitely going to the screening and the Q&A – see you there!

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Karin: Organising a screening would be a great idea. I saw the film last night and can’t wait to see it with 100 other people, but sadly it’s a 15 – DD is going to be gutted, as she thought she was having a late night at the cinema with me 🙁

    @Katharine: Fantastic Katherine! We have a lady from Greenpeace coming to answer questions too, so it should be a great night. Come and say hello 🙂

  4. Karin says:

    How did the screening go, Rae? Did you get any idea of what other viewers thought of it?

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Karin: It was a great night, Karin – although nerves got the better of me. I’m happy to write, but I hate talking infront of an audience. Still, that’s for me to figure out. I’ll be writing it all up over the next couple of weeks and using some of the questions to write posts on the site – it should be interesting; as you might imagine, Oxford is a great audience 🙂

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