Plastic Bag Documentary Premiers On PBS During Earth Week

Earth Week starts April 17, 2011, and to get you in the spirit, PBS will air the national television premiere  of the award-winning film Bag It, a touching and often funny documentary about how we use and abuse plastic.

The film takes a look at the environmental and health dangers posed by the global use of disposable, non-biodegradable plastic products, including the infamous plastic bag. Told with wit and humor, Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.

As a society, we have a throwaway mentality, culture of convenience, and addiction to the over-consumption of unnecessary, disposable products and packaging – things that we use one time and then, without another thought, throw them away.

But where is AWAY?? Away is over flowing landfills, clogged rivers, islands of trash in our oceans, and even our very own toxic bodies.

When Jeb discovers that he and his partner are expecting a child, his plastic odyssey becomes a truly personal one. How can they protect their baby from the health dangers associated with plastics?

Jeb looks beyond single-use disposable plastics and discovers that virtually everything in modern society – from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products – is either made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process.

A 56-minute version of Bag It will air nationally on public television stations starting April 17, 2011, just in time for Earth Day. Viewers should check their local PBS stations for showtimes.  Broadcast dates and times will also be posted on the screenings calendar of the Bag It website.

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KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
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Great info. Thanks.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Important info!

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Robert Shaffer
Robert Shaffer4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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Annemarie L.4 years ago

I'll set my DVR to record this! Thanks for sharing!