No Impact Man at the Indiana Theater

Catch No Impact Man at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday April 11 at 5pm and 7pm
Special price for Bloomingfoods members!

Lower impact lifestyles are all the rage right now, but what does it feel like to really adopt one? Are they sensible, or simply sensationalist?
ImageIn honor of Earth Day 2010, Bloomingfoods is co-sponsoring two screenings of No Impact Man on Sunday April 11th at 5pm, and again at 7pm, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The cost for Bloomingfoods members is $3, and $5 for the general public. Just mention your member number when buying tickets at our stores or at the BCT Box Office.
Whether you are eco-conscious or just eco-anxious (or in a state of eco-denial) you might enjoy this special screening of No Impact Man, the story of Colin Beavan, a self-described “liberal schlub who got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it.”
Several years ago, in November, 2006, Beavan began a year-long “No Impact Project” in which he, his wife Michelle Conlin, and his then two-year-old daughter (and their four-year-old dog) went off the grid, attempting to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.
No Impact Man tells the story of that year: its challenges, humorous moments, and the difficult choices demanded by a lower impact lifestyle. The rules of the game were: no more electricity, no more automated transportation, no more non-local food, no more conspicuous consumption. (There’s even something in there about toilet paper.)

The goal of this effort was to attract broad public attention to a range of pressing environmental issues, including food system sustainability, climate change, water scarcity, and materials and energy resource depletion.
If you’ve ever wondered how far your should stretch your own lower-impact efforts (or rolled your eyes when a relative or friend suggested using a solar oven instead of the gas grill), you might enjoy this vicarious glimpse of Beavan’s “mad endeavor.”
Watch the film and join the conversation around the “No Impact” radical approach to going green. (No trash, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no air-conditioning, no television...the list goes on.) You can learn more about how the family is living today at Beavan’s blog,, where he writes about “ways of living that might both improve quality of life and be less harmful to the planet.”
Join your friends and fellow co-op members on Sunday April 11 for these special screenings. You’ll get a glimpse of the family tensions and sustainable bonds that were the result of this all-out attempt to scale back on the big environmental footprint.