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No Impact Man Documentary

By Fredrica Syren

No Impact Man is an American documentary about New Yorker Colin Beaver who, along with his wife and their daughter, took a pledge for one year to have suitable zero impact on the environment.

For them, that meant taking the stairs instead of elevators, walking or biking instead of riding subways and cabs, eating vegetarian and buying only local food at the farmers’ market, not ordering take-out food or visiting restaurants, not watching TV or using electricity, not producing garbage, etc. Colin started a blog about their adventure which became a national media sensation, and that’s how I heard about them. I followed their blog 6 months into their pledge and loved reading about them.

The move depicts the struggle, and the ups and downs of the experiment. Colin seems very committed, but his wife struggles more at the beginning since she was a self-proclaimed shopaholic who loved Starbucks. At the end, Colin said the goal was to see what they could change and what would not work.

I loved the movie because it’s hard to live with zero impact. But it would be even harder, I would assume, to do this in New York with a small child. It made me think that if they could do it to that extreme, then we can do a fraction of it at least. The movie is fun, serious and informative all in one. I highly recommend seeing it.


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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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