Welcome to Walden Pond, Fifth Avenue style. IsabellaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents, 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.
It looks like a lot of fun. Mr. Beavan is fortunate that he’s got a funny wife–she really makes the trailer sing.