I have mixed feelings about no impact man. I definitely think it is really cool how the guy went through as many means necessary to reduce his impact. His message about changing yourself instead of waiting for things to change is also great and makes a whole lot of sense. It was pretty ironic when the guy who was helping him grow crops mentioned that not matter what he tried to do, it is nearly impossible to live without leaving some kind of impact. The ironic part being that his wife writes for a magazine (or a paper I don’t remember which) which uses tons of paper and other things that undermine what he was trying to do.
My biggest problem with this way of life is the cost. For most people, it’s incredibly hard to be able to afford that kind of lifestyle. In the film, they both seem to have steady, higher paying jobs and can afford things (like $400 purses, over tipping waiters for Starbucks coffee and going to hair salons). Mostly it’s a food issue. Buying fresh tends to run a little more expensive on average and spoils faster. It’s really weird (like it was mentioned in class) how you have to pay more to have less done to your food. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s weird how nowadays the mindset is: “make as much money as you can, by the quickest and cheapest means possible, while simultaneously finding ways to destroy any competition.” On the other side of that, there’s the instant gratification side to things which perpetuates it. Money thing aside, doing small things like not buying certain meats and trying not to use a ton of paper towels ect. are pretty simple things anyone can do.
Anyway, it definitely had an impact on me (whether I wanted it to or not). I’ve been trying to go to the farmers market downtown on the weekends and getting what I can there. I’ve also been trying to stop buying too many things that come in wasteful packages or only have single uses. I try to reuse any jars I get (for holding water or brushes). I was also thinking that when I get older, I might consider raising my own honey bees. It seems like a really good thing for the environment, could get me to interact with neighbors and community, as well as provide a challenge. Not to mention honey tastes really good.
A cool link on DIY bee keeping:
A link to Sarasota Farmer’s Market:
Image of No Impact Man came from here: