THE NO IMPACT MAN
Have you ever imagined living without causing any environmental impact?
In 2007, Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical non-fiction, Michelle Conlin, 39, a senior writer at Business Week, and Isabella Beavan, aged 2, embarked on a year-long lifestyle experiment they called No Impact.
Mr. Beavan, after writing a book on the origins of forensic detective work and another about D-Day, was looking for a new book project and the No Impact year was the only one of four possibilities his agent thought would sell.
What was the idea all about? To live in an eco-effective manner over the course of one year, making zero impact on the environment whilst living right in the heart of Manhattan. Together, they spent one year without electricity, eating only organic food, grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan, no shopping for anything other than food, producing no rubbish except natural compost, using no paper and using no carbon-fueled transportation.
Now, imagine what that was like. A year of intense learning! Beavan was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and was named an Eco-Illuminator in Elle Magazine’s 2008 Green Awards. His blog NoImpactMan.com was named one of the world’s top 15 environmental websites by Time Magazine.
To learn more about this adventure and see what kinds of constraints Beavan met and what changes to daily life changes he was forced to make, read the article previously published in IM Magazine (written by journalist Cristina Soeiro and with design by Ecomunicação).