Fascinating article in the NYTimes about a family in Manhattan who is practicing a “No Impact” (on the Earth) lifestyle. Of course, his family were uberconsumers to begin with, and now they’re going cold turkey:
Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical nonfiction, and Michelle Conlin, 39, a senior writer at Business Week, are four months into a yearlong lifestyle experiment they call No Impact. Its rules are evolving, as Mr. Beavan will tell you, but to date include eating only food (organically) grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan; (mostly) no shopping for anything except said food; producing no trash (except compost, see above); using no paper; and, most intriguingly, using no carbon-fueled transportation.
The experiment has a blog (of course) which you can check out here.