1. No Impact (Wo)Man

by gabbyvillarreal

I’m dedicating my “cherry” post to the reason I originally wanted to create a blog*. Currently I’m reading the book No Impact Man which was highly recommended to me by several of my environmentally conscious friends. Author, Colin Beavan, (wife, two year old daughter, and dog) attempted for an entire year to have no carbon or environmental footprint on the Earth. This meant no toilet paper, trash, motorized transportation, air conditioning, television, etc. Oh, and all of their food had to be produced from no more than 250 miles of their home. Basically, they did without most components which (we’re convinced are necessary to) make up our everyday life.

As soon as I heard about this concept I was immensely intrigued and knew I wanted to attempt this No Impact Project. I plan on finishing the book before school starts on Thursday and I figure that’s when I’ll begin. I have realized it is necessary for me to use a computer for most school assignments and for me to keep blogging, but I suppose minimizing my computer use is better than nothing. I’ll also be walking or riding my bicycle to school and to American Apparel where I work, eating as locally as possible, creating minimal trash, and hand washing/air drying my clothes (I’m not sure what he did about water but I’ll find out soon enough).

When I complete the book I’ll post my thoughts and a little more information about what my plan of action is, so check back soon!

Oh, and that’s me holding the book so you know what it looks like when you go and buy it. I don’t know how to flip images on this computer, so I guess you’ll just have to look at this in a mirror if you want to know what the cover says.

*I think it was actually my good friend Mark Stenberg‘s idea.