As I watched No Impact Man, at first I thought I was watching yet another kook, self-sacrificing modern conveniences in the hopes of shaming everyone else into re-thinking the way they live their lives. The view I came away with was, however, much different.
I really enjoyed the sort of, voyeuristic window into this mans life. The way this documentary was shot really helped to show how this was an ordinary family. An ordinary family undertaking a ridiculous project in the hopes of revealing how wasteful our society really is.
Though I can’t say I’ll ever be parting with toilet paper, or laundry detergent I can say without a doubt, watching this film has made me re-think how I live my life and the impact it may have on the environment. When I go shopping I am now much more conscious of what I buy. Do I really need that? Is there a more environment friendly option? Am I willing to utilize that option?
Though it’s crazy to think anyone in their right mind would go to the same lengths this family went to, the statement they have made with how they lived their lives for almost one year is enough to give anyone pause, and hopefully make them reassess the impact they make on the environment on a daily basis, just as it did for me.