Whilst we were in Miami last week, we premiered our Calavera surf film, Water Warriors, in the Soho House in South Beach. Also being shown in the private viewing cinema along side the film, was this incredible movie called Bag It. It’s a documentary that started off being about plastic bags, and then it evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Here is the link you can follow through to find out more about the Movie, the facts about the issues we all have to face. Bag It the Movie: Is you life too plastic?
I have picked out from the website a few of the facts about our consumption of plastic and the problems it causes for our environment and also our own bodies.
An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are used to make up to 102 billion plastic bags used solely in the US every year. The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded.
About 2,480,000 tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of in 2008 around the world. That includes things such as water bottles, coffee cups, plastic utensils and take out containers make our lives more convenient, also known as single-use disposables. Two million plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every five minutes, less then 25% are recycled.
80% of the plastic and trash that finds its way into our oceans comes from the land, and more than 260 species of marine animals are affected by it. It is estimated that 100,000 marine mammals and sea birds die each year from becoming entangled in or ingesting plastic debris.
BPA is used to make plastic hard and phthalates make plastic soft. Recent studies have linked BPA to breast and prostate cancer, enlargement of the prostate, early onset of puberty, hyperactivity in children, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. BPA can be found in bottles, coffee cups, baby toys, cans…pretty much everything. Phthalates can be commonly found in cosmetics, perfumes, and many beauty products.
This movie definitely had an affect on the way I perceive and think about my own plastic consumption. There are some shocking and unbelievable facts throughout the film that had everyone in the cinema wide mouthed, wide eyed and gasping. I really hope that this movement Bag It spreads and the education enters all communities around the world so changes can begin to happen. It’s so important for everyone do their part and work together to solve this global issue that we are facing right now. Here is a top 5 list of what you can do to help now:
1. CARRY REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
2. GIVE UP BOTTLED WATER
3. MAKE SURE YOUR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS ARE PHTHALATE-FREE
4. CHOOSE MILK IN RETURNABLE GLASS BOTTLES
5. CHOOSE LOTIONS AND LIP BALMS IN PLASTIC-FREE CONTAINERS