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May 24, 2012 by Contributor filed under Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle No Comments
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Award Winning Film at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Purcellville Committee on the Environment in conjunction with the American Conservation Film Festical will be showing the award-winning film, “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” on Friday, June 15 at the Franklin Park Arts Center. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. – tickets $5 at the door. We guarantee you’ll be surprised just how plastic your life really is. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973.

“Bag It” has been garnering awards at film festivals across the nation. What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be.

Jeb Berrier is exploring the effects of plastic bags, opting to stop using them as his wife enters pregnancy. After conducting research with the help of an environmental scientist, Berrier analyzes environmental problems such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Plastic fragments are found to outnumber plankton 40-to-1, and contributes to around 100,000 marine animal deaths, including birds, every year. Calls to the American Chemical Society prove to be fruitless. He later discovers that plastics contain chemicals such as phthalates that can carry adverse effects to newborn babies, including decreased anogenital distance. Berrier reflects on the rising rates of male infertility and other such as diabetes, obesity and attention deficit disorder, linking it to the ever-present problem of plastics. The average consumer household products such as baby shampoos are also found to contain unsafe levels of phthalates. When Jeb’s partner, Anne, gives birth, the film gets personal and looks at recently controversial chemicals such as Bisphenol A found in plastics. The film concludes with a review of recycling labels and shows ways that average citizens and consumers can minimize the harmful impact of plastic by reducing its use.

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