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Aug 18, 2010

Plastic Bag Double-Feature

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch rotating in the Pacific Ocean has been well documented. Now its most iconic symbol, the immortal plastic bag, has captured filmmakers’ imaginations.

Plasticb_bag-01 In the latest issue of Sierra, You can read about the enticingly surreal short film Plastic Bag, a product of the Futurestates project.  

For a more humorous take on the throwaway totes that won’t go away, watch The Majestic Plastic Bag, a "nature mockumentary” created by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization raising support for a bill in the California legislature that would ban single-use plastic bags from supermarkets, convenience stores, and other outlets in the state. The tongue-in-cheek short "explores the cycle of life of this curious creature, the plastic bag, on its way to its home, the Pacific Ocean. Best line: "Meanwhile, our little bag has encountered one of nature's most deadly killers, the teacup Yorkie." 

UPDATE: On August 31, California's Senate defeated the plastic-bag bill 21-14.It would have been the first such statewide ban in the nation. The silver lining: American Samoa will ban plastic bags effective February 23.

--Reed McManus

Image courtesy ITVS

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