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Seriously Green: No Impact Environmentalists

Environmentally speaking, little things can make a difference. A lot of little people doing a lot of big things can make a HUGE difference. Some extreme environmentalists are trying to do just that, in a movement called No Impact. Basically, No Impact Environmentalists attempt to live their lives, in modern America, without making a negative impact on the environment. It is a simple idea with serious consequences to everyday activities. Here is a sketch of the basic concepts:

  • Create no trash by composting food scraps, re-using objects, and recycling.
  • Create no carbon emissions - say goodbye to cars, buses, airplanes, or any other mode of transportation that uses gas. Say hello to biking and walking for transportation.
  • Create no water pollution by using environmentally-friendly soaps, detergents, and cleaners. This also means saying goodbye to your conventional TOILET. Yes that's right - you can also compost your waste with a composting toilet.
  • Use no electricity - this creates carbon dioxide emissions, which are linked to Global Warming. This translates into no TV, no lights, no microwave, no oven, no elevators, no air-conditioning, etc. You can use renewable energy to generate electricity with solar panels or windmills.

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  • Buy no products in packaging, unless of course it can be recycled or re-used.
  • Buy no produce shipped from distant lands - this goes back to the "no carbon emissions" idea. Try growing your own fruits and veggies, or buying local.

Fit's Tips: Think about it. Could you give up the way you live now to try to have NO IMPACT on the destruction of the planet? Maybe you couldn't do everything on that list, but surely we can all do something. Like buying produce at your local farmer's market or using vinegar to mop your floors. For more tips on going green check out treehugger.com.

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beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
I think this is something great to strive towards! I will do a plug for my Minimal Harm group which I started a while back - http://teamsugar.com/group/422515 Would love to have more people join and share!
ebgirl ebgirl 8 years
Browneyedgirl - this is a good website (www.saffronrouge.com) if you are looking for natural products. Many of the mainstream products today have lots of ingredients that are bad for the environment as well as for people, like propylene glycol and parabens. Some are known cancer-causers. Also, I believe that Aveda uses biodegradable containers, and they have very environmentally friendly policies. Some of the products on Saffron Rouge may seem a bit pricey, but I use it to find interesting products, then do a web search to try to find them cheaper. Also, this is a great website if you're interested in knowing what ingredients are in your products: www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. Hope that helps.
br0wneyed9irl00 br0wneyed9irl00 8 years
okay, lets look past the toilets for a moment and realize all the other options to improve your impact on this list. i am looking for a biodegradable conditioner. i've used suave for years and the shampoo has a biodegradable symbol, but the conditioner doesn't. any suggestions?
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
lol Ailene! this sounds totally crazy for the most part! I would NEVER give up my toilet EVER! My family does compost our fruits and veggies when they go bad or use the skins but it's for our garden soil. I could never get this extreme but some of the ideas are worth putting into practice.
ebgirl ebgirl 8 years
I try to do what I can, but there's no way I could live that austerely. I would love to see a feature in this blog about recommended cruiser bikes though (or hear from people who have recommendations). I have been wanting to find a fun, cool-looking bike so that I can bike locally rather than driving all the time. Walking takes too long and the climate is pretty hot where I live, so I'd prefer to bike.
Vannuccia Vannuccia 8 years
It's important that we all do our own little thing to help the environment and just be more aware of how much we waste. I try to recycle, etc, as much as possible- every little bit helps! :)
scottishsugar scottishsugar 8 years
this website details an author (and his families) experiment with no impact living: http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/ it's worth checking out!
The-Baron The-Baron 8 years
Inspiring? People. Please listen. These folks are stark-raving bananas. Period point-blank. Composting human waste? Sorry folks, I enjoy living in the age of toilets and refrigeration and, face it, so do you. And my how the neighbors will LOVE the poo composting. No matter how much one tries (or suffers), existing has an environmental impact. It's a worthy goal to try and live an eco-friendly life, but living like a chimpanzee isn't really for me.
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
Oh and speaking of eco-friendliness, here is my first and last shameful plug: Recently created the group THINK GREEN. ACT GREEN. Join and get imformed. http://teamsugar.com/group/464886 (And now I cover my face with shame. lol.)
pinkflats pinkflats 8 years
Very inspring.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
The level of commitment some people have to this is seriously inspiring. I don't think I could do it, but I agree that we all can do something.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
mmm that would mean living in amish existence, pretty much. you could do a few of those things, but if you did all...you might as well be homeless
menthadict menthadict 8 years
omg i don't think i could do that, lol
ailene ailene 8 years
Isn't it ironic that there is a website called treehugger.com?
kgtg1 kgtg1 8 years
Wow. I'm all for walking, recycling and buying local and environment-friendly products, but I think I'll keep my toilet! I hope none of my neighbors go completely green, either!
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