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No Impact, Man!

January 28, 2010

Not sure if you guys have heard of this guy yet but it’s an amazing journey of a guy trying to live his life withouth impact on Mother Earth. Learn more about his efforts here!

Here are his top 10 Eco-Lifestyle Changes:

No Impact Man’s Top Ten Eco-Lifestyle Changes

For more ideas and ways to join a community of people who are searching for happier, more eco-friendly lives, got to NoImpactProject.org.

2. Give up bottled water. The production of plastic water bottles together with the privatization of our drinking water is an environmental and social catastrophe. Bottled water costs more per gallon than gasoline. Plus, the health consequences of drinking water from plastic are not clear.

3. Observe an eco-sabbath. For one day or afternoon or even hour a week, don’t buy anything, don’t use any machines, don’t switch on anything electric, don’t cook, don’t answer your phone, and, in general, don’t use any resources. In other words, for this regular period, give yourself and the planet a break. Keep your regular eco-sabbath for a month. You’ll find that the enforced downtime represents an improvement to your life.

4. Tithe a fixed percentage of your income. Currently, many of our societal health and welfare services, at home and abroad, are tied to consumer spending which, in turn, depends upon planetary resource use. But the idea of buying stuff to help people is crazy, especially when you consider that our consumption is harming the habitat that we depend upon for our health, happiness and security. If you want to help, don’t go shopping. Just help. Commit to tithing part of your income to the non-profits of your choice.

5. Get there under your own steam. Commit to getting around by bike or by foot a certain number of days a month. Not only does this mean using fewer fossil fuels and creating less greenhouse gasses, it means you’ll get good, healthy exercise and we’ll all breathe fewer fumes. A city with pedestrian and bike traffic is a lot more pleasant to live in than a city filled with vehicles.

6. Commit to not wasting. Wasting resources costs the planet and your wallet. Don’t overheat or overcool your home–a few degrees make a huge difference. Let your clothes hang dry instead of using the dryer. Take half the trips but stay twice as long. If your old cell phone works, consider not getting another. Repair instead of rebuy. The list goes on and on.

7. Build a community. Play charades. Have dinners with friends. Sing together. Enjoying each other costs the planet much less than enjoying its resources. Let’s relearn to joke around and play in ways that cost nothing to our pocketbooks or our planet.

8. Take your principles to work. The old adage “the cost of doing business” can no longer hold true. We must act as though we care about the world at work as much as we do at home. A company CEO or a product designer has the power to make a gigantic difference through their business, and so do the rest of us.

9. Dedicate a day’s worth of TV viewing to eco-service each week. The average American watches four and a half hours of TV a day. Take one day off from the tube each week and joining with others to improve our planet. Voluntary eco-service is a great way to find community who support your values and also a great way to learn about environmental issues and the quality of life issues that go along with them.

10. Believe with all your heart that how you live your life makes a difference to all of us. We are all interconnected. We make a difference to each other on many different levels. Every step towards living a conscious life where we consider the consequences of our actions provides support to everyone else–whether you know it or not–who is trying to do the same thing. We are the masters of our destinies. Let’s act as though it is so.

For more ideas and ways to join a community of people who are searching for happier, more eco-friendly lives, got to NoImpactProject.org.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2010 3:45 am

    Mel! This is awesome! This is a great example of a catchy snazzy campaign we can run here in Singapore 🙂

  2. January 28, 2010 4:15 am

    Good stuff man. Linked under, ‘Environment’. Cheers.

  3. January 28, 2010 1:45 pm

    I totally believe everything you say and am slowly building my business to reflect a more Local way of living in our lives. Enjoy reading every one of your post. Thanks.

  4. Mellow permalink*
    January 31, 2010 11:49 am

    Thanks for the comments guys! 🙂

  5. February 3, 2010 7:05 pm

    Very interesting and informative article. Thank you for sharing and helping to make this beautiful world a better place. Keep up the good work

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