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Watch "Bag It," Then Just Bag It

Monday, April 18, 2011

By Rebecca Sutton, Phd, EWG Senior Scientist Plastic pollution: it's everywhere, from the gigantic garbage patch swirling in the Pacific Ocean to the cells of our bodies, a point EWG's President, Ken Cook, makes so well in this recent TEDx talk. For a fresh - and fun - look at plastic, watch Bag It, an award-winning new documentary airing across the nation this month (check your local public television listings). In Bag It, "everyman" Jeb Berrier starts with a few questions about the ubiquitous plastic bag, and soon embarks on a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effects on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. Jeb shows us how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

After you watch the movie (it's showing all during Earth Week on PBS - check for local times), check out EWG's Healthy Home Tips on plastics for some easy ways to reduce your use of and exposure to toxic plastic chemicals. And if you haven't already, sign EWG's pledge to skip bottled water whenever possible. It's a simple way to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics - not to mention overpriced, badly labeled, often repackaged tap water. Live online chat with movie director and star Bring your ideas and energy to a live online chat with Jeb, Bag It director Suzan Beraza and special guests in a live webcast on Thursday, April 21st at 9:15 pm Eastern. Register now -- it only takes a minute!

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