This is probably the coolest “challenge” out there. If you haven’t heard of it, I encourage you to begin by watching the documentary, “No Impact Man” by Colin Beavan. In his experiment, he and his family (who live in the Upper East side of Manhattan) go on a one year carbon detox to try and live more simply. They begin by reducing their trash output. Slowly they shift from drinking Ice Lattes and riding the Subway to bicycling everywhere. They take advantage of their local farmers market and get involved in a food co-op program. How cool is that?! 😀 In the end, they changed their spending habits dramatically, saved money, and reduced their carbon footprint a lot.
I was so inspired by this documentary I went onto the No Impact Project website to see what Colin is up to today. It turns out that he and his family are still spreading “Green Awareness” by challenging people to commit to a 1-week No Impact Week. For one week you do the following:
Sunday: Reduce Consumption… all consumption! No frivolous spending or shopping.
Monday: Reduce trash output. Recycle and reuse!
Tuesday: Change your mode of transportation (if possible) or limit your driving methods and take action in your community to walk more and drive less! This helps fight against pollution, global warming, etc.
Wednesday: Food (eat and shop local! This fights against the gas/pollution spent from trucks shipping produce over long distances.)
Thursday: Reduce Energy spending: turn off electrical gadgets, unplug unused devices, and take a walk outside.
Friday: Reduce Water Usage
Saturday: Giving Back (Get involved in a movement that helps protect your local community.)
Sunday: Eco-Sabbath (Savor the day outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.)
Are you excited about the challenge yet? I hope so, because if you register (for FREE) on the No Impact Project website you will get a guide to the challenge sent to your email that has a ton of links to show you other websites to help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle. For a while now my husband and I have been interested in sustainable living, but this challenge seems like a fun way to “get our feet wet”. I can’t wait to write all about it and share my experiences with you all! Have a happy, healthy day everyone! ❤