Bag It. Is your life too plastic?

2 May 2011 0

Environmental News
May 2, 2011

Award-winning documentary Bag It comes to Australia.

"Is your life too plastic?"

Environmentalist and co-founder of 'Take 3', Tim Silverwood will host screenings of the new, award-winning environmental documentary Bag It at locations across Sydney, Newcastle, Byron Bay and the Central Coast throughout May and June 2011.

Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.

The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas.

The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. Two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disruptors, which have been shown to link to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.

The screenings of the new documentary aim to raise awareness of marine debris and will act as fundraisers for Tim, who in July this year will sail from Hawaii to Vancouver to research plastic pollution in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Tim will join Algalita Marine Research Foundation, a California-based organisation founded by Charles Moore, the man credited with discovering the Garbage Patch in 1997.

Reportedly twice the size of France and growing exponentially, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been compared to a monstrous floating plastic soup and is threatening to become one of the great ecological disasters of our time. It's here where ocean currents from Asia, North America and Pacific nations converge, bringing with them tonnes of debris and creating a swirling vortex of plastic rubbish that is rumoured to double in size every ten years.

Tim is required to fundraise US$10,000 for his position on the research voyage. He hopes to raise more for additional costs including flights, equipment and the production of an awareness documentary. Using an online fundraising campaign portal Tim has already raised more than AU$4000 in just 30 days. He is also seeking corporate sponsorship.

'Take 3' is a non-profit organisation formed in 2009 that asks visitors to beaches and waterways to simply take three pieces of plastic rubbish with them when they leave, a small gesture that can greatly reduce the amount of marine debris in the oceans.

"We developed 'Take 3' to give people an easy opportunity to give back to the environment by reducing plastic pollution in our oceans. It's so easy to 'Take 3'; it doesn't take time, money or any real effort. This documentary puts humans' dependence on plastic in the spotlight and empowers people to stand up and say, "You know what, I don't want to live a plastic life", it's a great film!" Tim said.

For further information please contact Tim directly. Tim Silverwood, 0420 668 114, tim_silverwood@hotmail.com

www.timsilverwood.com

Bag It premieres through May and June on an east coast tour, to find a screening near you click here.


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