Is YOUR life too plastic?

- August 31, 2011 2 MIN READ

Environmentalist and co-founder of ‘Take 3’, Tim Silverwood will host screenings of the new, award-winning environmental documentary Bag It at locations in Melbourne, Torquay and Geelong throughout September 2011. In July 2011 Tim sailed from Honolulu to Vancouver through the North Pacific Gyre to research plastic pollution in the Pacific Garbage Patch and is ready to spread his findings.

Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags which reveals 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 12 minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean known as the Pacific Garbage Patch.

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 are linked to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.

The screenings of the new documentary aim to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and the simple things we can do in our lives to reduce our plastic footprint and prevent our waste entering the sea. “Seeing the accumulation of plastic in the middle of the ocean is heartbreaking. You would never expect that human consumer trash could travel so far and cause so many problems, but it does. Plastic is built to last forever yet often we use it for minutes and then throw it away, it doesn’t make sense.” Silverwood said. “Unfortunately many items don’t make it ‘away’ and enter our waterways and oceans where they persist and cause a range of negative impacts on wildlife.”

Tim is co-founder of non-profit organization ‘Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative’ that asks each visitor to the beach, waterway or coastal area to take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave. Tim was recently announced as an Ambassador for Keep Australia Beautiful Week 2011 with a focus this year on the impact of litter in the marine environment.

The first Victorian Screening is happening at The Espy in St Kilda on Wednesday 14th September at 7pm. The event will include a presentation from Tim, a screening of the film ‘Bag It’ and a Q&A session. Tickets are $23.80.

RSVP on the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135999266488267

Purchase Tickets for the Espy Event here: http://theespy.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=22638

View the Trailer here: http://vimeo.com/5645718