No Impact Man

No Impact Man

DVD - 2009
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Colin Beavan is a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal. He has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers.


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Mar 08, 2019

This is really charming and very funny. His wife has a massive amount of patience.

Jul 28, 2016

July 28 2016......Well this certainly was interesting. I like how his wife was a take out junkie, who hated camping, but loved her week on the organic farm. She is a better woman than I. I couldn't just go cold turkey and give up my meat. After watching "Fast Food Nation" it makes you think though. Glad we have some nice local butchers around here! (Lots of hunters as well, thanks Bill and Gary for all that yummy elk meat!)

SilkyNara Sep 12, 2013

I am amazed at how well this documentary kept my attention. I am sure that I won't be following in this man's footsteps but I admired his dedication. A lesson in perseverance.

Apr 05, 2013

Beavan's family is so likeable it's a pleasure to spend time with them in this documentary.
There used to be a non-stop line-up of garbage trucks going to North Van's Premier Street landfill. My first big visual lesson on unsustainability.
Good for Beavan for making a sincere, down-to-earth effort to lessen human harm to the planet.
Notice how Beavan and his wife look healthier at the end of their green experiment.

Nov 18, 2012

Loved how the family became closer through their environmental changes. Very inspiring doc.

Jan 30, 2012

Some good ideas, we could all do a lot to use a little less. But there was still quite a bit of impact, so the title is a little misleading. Overall it was alright movie though, it gets you thinking about what you can do to have a little less of an impact and what comforts you might be able to do without. I think it's important to question the convenience of our materialistic society.

kantoni Mar 24, 2011

Wow. This guy had commitment! I'm all for saving the planet, but some his ideas were extreme! Kudos to his family for sticking it out!

Jan 10, 2011

I loved this documentry. I wish more people could try can be more like this man our would be a cleaner place

Jan 04, 2011

I enjoyed watching this documentary. Unlike Nadian (review May8/2010), I actually enjoyed the relationship complications (as it pertained to the No Impact lifestyle) and Michelle's difficulty to acclimatise in the beginning. I loved the juxtaposition of Colin and Michelle. I believe this made for a stronger experiment and creates a better argument than if the couple were both keeners for this project. The general public gets to see a reluctant participant being dragged along and even converted! Watching two converts struggle through and come out the other end is just not as convincing.

On the other hand, this documentary, while entertaining and interesting, could have been done better.

I would have liked to know a bit more about how they did as a family and how this all affected their little girl a bit more. I don't mean more screen time for the girl, but more explanations.

I would prefer more of the details and reflections to be shown. What were all the measures taken, how did they *all* turn out, etc. The film only superficially delves into certain areas. We see the family enjoying their first bathtub-clothes-washing event, but did that last? How effective was it? Did it stay fun or become tedious?

And in the end it was unclear as to what practices were going to be continued and what weren't.

At least the extra features on the DVD could have dealt with more details if the film couldn't! Or are we supposed to wait for the book?

nadian May 07, 2010

Very adventurous idea with some seemingly positive intentions. However, for me, Colin and Michelle's relationship and Michelle's inability to completely abstain from normal comforts stole the focus from the environmental message of the film.
I urge all viewers to take on AT LEAST ONE of those tactics shown in the film in the hopes that we might make a difference.


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Sep 19, 2014

Colin Beavan: The fact of the matter is that if only I change, it's not going to make a difference, but the hope is that if each of us as individuals change, it's going to inspire everybody to change. So I believe the most radical political act there is, is to be an optimist. The most radical political act there is, is to believe that if I change, other people will follow suit.

nadian May 07, 2010

"Using less is a start but it's not good enough"

nadian May 07, 2010

Our society is not set up to live sustainably.

nadian May 07, 2010

The rapacious consumption for consumption's sake and the coma that that induces.

nadian May 07, 2010

"Can I live on this planet doing more good than harm?"


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nadian May 07, 2010

Sexual Content: Some discussion and implied off screen.

nadian May 07, 2010

Coarse Language: Some adult language (there's a censored audio track that can be used for children)


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