As Salem prepares to become plastic bag free in January, SalemRecycles and Salem Sound Coastwatch are hosting a FREE screening of the award-winning environmental documentary “Bag It” at Cinema Salem on Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. A Q & A session will follow the screening.
Described as funny, thought provoking and genuinely moving, 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 plastic bags threaten more than landfills, the ocean and marine life—they also threaten human health.
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 average American uses about 500 plastic bags per year for about twelve minutes each. Among other problems, this single-use/disposable mentality is harming our oceans and sea life. Plastic does not biodegrade—it just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces that mimic plankton and fish eggs in the ocean, starving and choking fish, sea birds and other marine life.
"Anything we can do to reduce plastic bags will help,” said Barbara Warren, Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch. “Single use bags, used for only a couple of minutes, are polluting the water. In the ocean, sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them, causing them to starve, she continued.
“We are proud that Salem has joined 54 other communities in the state to reduce the use of plastic bags. Salem’s plastic bag reduction initiative goes into effect January 1, 2018, and we encourage people to get in the habit of bringing re-usable bags when they shop,” said Salem’s Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “This film shows why this is so important.”
This event is open to the public. For additional information, visit www.salemsound.org or call (978) 619-5679. A limited supply of re-usable bags will be given out.
Screening Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
Screening Time: 10:00 a.m. Q & A and discussion will follow.
Screening Location: Cinema Salem, Museum Place Mall, Salem, MA
Admission: Free. A limited supply of re-suable bags will be given out.