Colin Beavan is an American non-fiction writer and internet blogger noted for recording the attempts of his family to live a "zero impact" lifestyle in New York City for one year. The rules of the experiment included producing no trash save for compost, purchasing no goods except for food grown within a 250-mile radius, using no carbon-based transportation, and using no paper products, including toilet paper. He and his family are the subject of a documentary, No Impact Man: The Documentary. A book about the year-long experiment was released in September 2009.
Beavan was named one of MSN’s Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and was named an Eco-Illuminator in Elle Magazine's 2008 Green Awards. His blog NoImpactMan.com was named one of the world’s top 15 environmental websites by Time Magazine.
In May 2012, Beavan announced he would run for the United States House of Representatives seat representing New York's 8th congressional district, running as the nominee of the Green Party. Beavan lost the general election to Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the New York State Assembly.
- No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process (September 1, 2009) Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York City ISBN 978-0-374-22288-8
- Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War - 2006 ISBN 978-0-670-03762-9
- Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science - 2001 ISBN 978-0-7868-8528-2
- Votecolin.com - 2012 Congressional Candidate Website
- No-Impact Man - The blog about the experience
- Advice From an Accidental Activist
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- "No Impact Man: Extreme Green Living". ABC News. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "US family tries life without toilet paper". BBC News. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- Harris, Elizabeth (May 14, 2012). An Environmental Crusader’s Newest Goal: Congress. The New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
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