From my favorite press piece on No Impact Man, an article by AP report Samantha Gross:
Toward the end of the experiment, Conlin would talk about how much she wanted a dishwasher again. But when they flipped the power switch, the machine stayed dead. There was no way to fix it, and an attempt to buy a used model flopped. So Conlin did her research and found a new one that seemed the most responsible purchase.
But when they got to Home Depot and saw it, she couldn’t stop thinking: All those shiny new parts. The huge box it would come in. All that packaging.
“I just couldn’t pull the trigger,” she says now, sitting in her apartment, all the lights turned off in favor of the afternoon sunlight wafting through the windows.
Still, she says, “I foresee myself at some point in my life having a dishwasher.”
Her husband looks at her in some surprise: “What has to happen before you can do that?”
“We’ve had so many arguments about the dishwasher,” he says, laughing. “So basically the subtext here is don’t let Colin for a minute think that he’s won this fight.”
“When I want one, I’ll get one,” she says with a smile.