im in the midst of watching this movie but i have too many things to say about it, so im pausing and writing.
here’s the trailer for the documentary NO IMPACT MAN. A man and his family attempt to make no carbon footprint for a whole year. there are many things that i agree with in the film, and there are many things that i think he didnt research enough about.
I love the mom in the film, i love how she bought Chloe boots before the start of the year, and her eyes glow at the sight of a marc jacobs bag in the window and how she wore a tory burch tank top to the beach! And i also love their adorable daughter, and their interaction with her. They both seem like really decent parents and want to include her as much as possible in their activities.
a few things struck me as odd about the way the man thinks about environment and sustainability. One
thing that he wouldn’t allow to be used in his house is toilet paper. TOILET PAPER is made not from trees but recycled paper, im not 100% sure of this but seems like a dumbass thing to do to make it from trees.
also, the first thing he did after he started powering his house with solar electricity is to hook up his vaio so he can update his blog. what about the milk that’s not being cooled in the cooler? The frustration of the wife because of his homemade fridge ‘pot in the pot’.
at first, the documentary seemed really sincere and legit, but after a while it felt like it was purely for his up-coming book. i also find it odd that they have footage of the entire year, meaning they had a camera crew ready to go the moment they decided to do this. who pays for the documentary?
who knows if this is really a documentary. i dont care at all if the mom and daughter snuck out to have a burger and fries, but i will be appalled at the man who pushes his ideals on to his family because they are a family and they are one.
but there are many truths with eating less, throwing away less. in the film they talked about how the mom’s diabetes was gone (or reduced?) after they started eating organically. not saying that organic foods cure diabetes, but eating healthily, whether that’s organic or not, can create an overall healthier lifestyle.
but there are the bigger picture of buying organic than just buying organic. for example, in the film they drink milk out of glass jars which can be re-used. glass is obviously more heavy than a paper carton, therefore you can’t load as many bottles of milk than cartons of milk. this in turn costs more gas, which we’re in dire need of. Also, to clean the milk bottles which is re-used, they must be cleaned in super high temperature water, pressurized water probably, this costs a lot of energy too and i know one state in America that really needs that water. So in the end, what uses less, what allows the earth to be sustained?
another thing is consuming less, because of the recession, i’ve read in many fashion blogs that we should ‘shop in our closet’ and ‘recycle fashion’ which i love the idea dearly, as much as i love to buy new clothes i think it’d be a good idea to create new looks with what you already have, and re-fall in love with items. these ideas i fully support.
another thing with consuming less, my dad just came back from our local cell phone store, and the clerk there spent 1.5 hours explaining every function of an iphone to a woman, who clearly doesnt know how to use one, and therefore doesn’t need it, the clerk had to explain everything from how to take a photo to deleting an email. if you are really that technologically challenged, you don’t need an iphone!
the no impact man should also think about how much bigger countries with denser populations are still able to have a smaller impact on earth than america. Wiping tables with cloths, and not paper towels is something that i’ve been doing my whole life! Re-using containers or plastic bags, bringing your own water bottle (im guilty of this one, i buy water) or your own cloth bag to the super market, a lot of people do these things already.
perhaps the man started out his journey with pure ideals now i think he’s just crazy. Also why is the film called NO IMPACT MAN, shouldn’t it be called THE NO IMPACT FAMILY? Since his poor wife and daughter was dragged through hell to accompany his personal success and fame.
Another thing is, the no impact man wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without his family, i can’t imagine a single person living in any metropolis city to not eat out, to not watch TV to not cure loneliness with alcohol !
and yeah he met Diane Sawyer on Good morning America, I’d CALL THAT FAME!
i love Good Morning america and everyone on it, unlike that douchey Today Show with the bitch katie something, who apparently hates the word PHLEGM.
but, the movie had a great message and it’s fun to watch, i think i will try to buy ONE new piece of clothing (including jewels and shoes!) every month and not every week (which is what i do now if not more often), try to stop eating red meat and start bringing my own water bottle.
also i think part of it is shot in a fish-eye like lens, so it’s really beautiful.
but seriously, i lust after big macs and quarter pounders … im doing that homer simpson drool thing right now.
just so i don’t seem crazy, here’s a cute song.
THE ORION EXPERIENCE – OBSESSED WITH YOU
so at the end of the film, he talks about being an optimist and inspiring others to change. you can only inspire if the others want to be inspired. as a RACE, we are too selfish to live this way. and we as a RACE will probably end in our own demise. but, having said that, i think i am still an optimist and i want what he wants but in a more realistic light.
but to end off this post
i really like what he said at the near end of the film
“Gratitude for small pleasures”