- eating only food organically grown withing a 250-mile radius of Manhattan
- no shopping for anything except for food
- producing no trash (compost is okay)
- using no paper
- using no-carbon fueled transportation
Together the couple discard their lightbulbs, disposable razors and olive oil, vowing to live green. They even confiscate the cleaning lady's paper towels, though in a touching scene, lit only by flickering beeswax candles, the woman makes a plea to keep her beloved vacuum.
“That’s the thing about this current wave of environmentalism,” he continued. “It’s not about, how do we protect some abstract pristine space? It’s what can real people do in their home or office or whatever.
The philosophy is based not only on restricting consumption but on changing what is consumed so that it actually helps or at least does not hinder the world.