Whetherwe realize it or not, we all make an impact on the world through ourconsumption of materials. Author Penelope Green wrote “The Year Without ToiletPaper,” published in 2007 in The New YorkTimes which describes the lifestyle experiment called No Impact. AlthoughGreen concluded that the project may appear outlandish, she acknowledged thecause of the experiment. She depicted the Beavan-Conlin family as a foil to thecommon people throughout her article to show the importance of the family’sefforts.
Lastly, Green used logos from the titlethrough to the closing statement to emphasize the cause behind the experiment. No Impact was on the account ofColin Beavan, Michelle Conlin and their 2-year-old daughter’s life of eco-extremism:forgoing toilet paper, only buying organic food grown within 250 miles ofManhattan, and abstaining for the use of the television, the elevator, incandescentlight, dishwasher, coffee maker, or any form of carbon-fueled transportation. Greenconcluded that the project “may seem at best like a scene from an old-fashionedsituation comedy and, at worst, an ethically murky exercise in self-promotion” (Green). She sprinkled personal comments throughoutin a quizzical and condescending tone to express the absurdity regarding the extrememeasures that the family was willing to subject themselves to for thisexperiment. In her article, Green used foilbased on the comparison of the Beavan-Colin family in contrast to the commonpeople. Green reported the acts she witnessed with precise journalisticdetachment. “A visitor avoided thebathroom because she knew she would find no toilet paper there… giving uptoilet paper seems a fairly profound gesture of commitment” (Green).
Sheindicated the difference between the Beavan-Colin family from the common peopleby stating their commitment to giving up toilet paper which is considered extremefor the common people. Her use of foil enhanced the importance of theBeavan-Colin family along with their cause by displaying how much effort thefamily was willing to make to improve the environment in contrast to the commonpeople. Along with the strong use of foil,Green effectively made appeals to logos from the beginning of article’s titleto the very end of the closing statement. The title of the article entices thereader to read further due to its profound description while the closingstatement of the article ends with Green quoting Mr.
Beavan stating the cause.”I’m just trying to put that energy to good use” (Green). Green incorporatedlogos by showing the reader how the family’s one year of abstinence to toiletpaper is justified. This action appeals to logic by showing how people can usethings that they already have to help improve their environmental impact. In summary, Green emphasized thecause behind No Impact through her usage of logos in her title all the way tothe closing statement. Her article displayed how the Beavan-Conlin family is afoil to the common people. This article made me realize how most individuals canconsume material in a more efficient manner. Green’s article shows theimportance of believing in the things one can do in order to make a positiveimpact