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Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

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Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby ivotedforcarlweathers » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:17 pm

Madison East’s Mass Media and Lake View third graders to present award-winning documentary

Bag It at Barrymore Theatre on May 6th, 2013 at 7:00 PM



Daniel Walkner’s mass media class at Madison East High School, along with Erica Krug’s third grade class from Lake View Elementary, have announced that they will be presenting a showing of the award winning documentary Bag It at The Barrymore Theatre (2090 Atwood Ave.) in Madison, WI on May 6th at 7:00 PM. The film will cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. The film shows one man’s struggles with his, and society’s, overwhelming reliance on plastic even though it is nearly impossible to degrade and is considered by many to be a toxic waste.



“Our class became interested in plastic after discussing the possible ban of plastic bags in Madison,” said senior Justice Harmon. “We got excited and were interested in finding solutions to the problem. The deeper we inquired, the more complicated the issue became.”



Students began working on public service announcement posters and videos, and the “Ban the Bag” meme rose to the forefront. While researching the toxicity of plastic bags, a few students discovered the Bag It documentary. “We watched the trailer of Bag It, and after we realized that this was something we could get others interested in, we wanted to get other students, parents, and the public involved,” said junior Muhammed Achker.



Erica Krug’s class became interested in the problems of plastic after reading Slyvia Earle’s Life in the Ocean: the story of Sylvia Earle. Earle, an oceanographer and aquanaut, tells of the beauties and tragedies of the ocean. Ms. Krug’s students knew that they needed to take action to help educate others about the plight of the sea. Margot, one of Ms. Krug’s students, commented “It takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade. Plastic bags haven't been around that long. Not even one plastic bag has degraded yet."



The film will be shown to help concerned citizens who are seeking solutions to this important issue. Are we too reliant on plastics? Do we know what kind of effect they are having on our health and well-being? And most importantly, what can we do to help? Senior Andrew Trumbower said, “Before talking about this, I knew very little about what happened to our wastes and recyclables. Now I know: when you throw things away, there is no away.”



The film will be followed by a panel discussion by students, school staff, and environmental advocates to discuss the many facets of the plastic issue and to determine possible solutions that we can enact in our own communities. All profits from the film will be used for Ms. Krug’s class to fund a book of poetry about the ocean that the students will sell to raise funds for Sylvia Earle’s charity Mission Blue. Details about Mission Blue can be found here: http://www.thesealliance.org/



Tickets are available online at barrymorelive.com, by calling the Barrymore at (608) 241-8633, or they can be purchased at the box office on the night of the show after 6:00 PM.



More details about the film can be found here: http://www.bagitmovie.com/
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby ivotedforcarlweathers » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:28 pm

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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby Stella_Guru » Wed May 01, 2013 6:26 am

But, but, how could I produce my organic crops without plastics? Everything from hoophouses to row covers, organic farms use tons of the stuff. I can show up at the market un-naturally early in the season with crops grown under plastic, and I cannot avoid the use of herbicides and pesticides without it.
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby Galoot » Wed May 01, 2013 8:23 am

Well, that's easy to solve, Stella! Since hemp is not banned in China, they are making all their plastic from hemp oil, since as the hemp fans insist, it is far cheaper than fossil fuels and can be used to make practically everything. So China saw the opportunity and has a burgeoning hemp products industry that will soon supplant all the fossil fuel industries.

Oops, sorry. Guess not. I guess the good news is that the plastic you use for your organic farming is extremely unlikely to end up in our lakes and oceans. Whereas down here in Brazil, plastic bags are on every beach. When I was bodyboarding last Sunday, I saw dozens of plastic bags around me in the surf. Very sad, and quite hard on turtles and everything else down there.
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby ivotedforcarlweathers » Wed May 01, 2013 4:58 pm

The idea of banning plastic raises more questions than it answers. The film has some chilling insights, though. Come check it out and we'll all get a beer at One Barrel (in glass mugs) and debate it afterwards.
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby ivotedforcarlweathers » Mon May 06, 2013 11:05 am

Tonight!
Check it out: free reusable canvas bags for the first 110 people to arrive! (Thanks HyVee and Union Cab!)
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby Ned Flanders » Mon May 06, 2013 11:14 am

Canvas bags deadly? I'll take evil plastic, please!

"A survey from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows less than one in six Americans are regularly washing reusable food totes. Experts say that means in addition to your groceries, you might also be loading up on your risk for a food-borne disease.

"I think a lot of people are trying to be mindful and eco-friendly by using their totes and they are not realizing that a lot of cross-contamination with the foods they are buying is actually happening directly because of the totes and the canvas material that they are made from," said Registered Dietician and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national Spokesperson Marjorie Nolan"
http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/h ... -illnesses
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby rabble » Mon May 06, 2013 11:28 am

Plastic: Because it completely prevents cross-contamination and anyway it's too inconvenient to wash your totes or your produce after you buy it.
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Re: Are plastics evil? Bag It movie coming to town

Postby Stella_Guru » Mon May 06, 2013 11:58 am

Cellophane? It is clear, made out of wood pulp, can be recycled, breaks down in the environment and ppl seem to love it. Do you think it could be produced from marijuana stalks? Some of the hybrids available today have stalks like small trees!
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