Try going a day without plastic. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic's effects on our oceans, environment, and bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us...and what we can do about it.
There are two different formats of the film available. The original version of the film is 78 minutes. You can also select in the drop-down menu a version with two shorter cuts of the film on one dvd. This educational dvd contains both a 45-minute cut of the film and a 65-minute cut. Both versions have been edited so that all content is appropriate for school-age children. However, the most substantial difference between these two cuts is that the 45-minute version leaves out the chapter about the way plastics affect human health. For any students studying science, we would recommend the 65-minute version, as we feel that the health and science aspects of plastics are incredibly important.
We now also have the 78 minute version of the film available in Spanish.
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A powerful and deceptively simple movie that is sure to change the way you look at everday objects. I didn't expect a movie about plastic bags to change my life in such a deep and profound way. Gripping, funny, intelligent and sure to change your life.
Director, 'The Cove'
This weekend, I watched the documentary, ‘Bag It,’ and think you should see it too! It explores the product we all use—the plastic bag—and the unexpected consequences of using them.
The Ellen Show
The particular power of 'Bag It' is how it moves between disturbing facts about plastic production and consumption, and touching interludes about what matters most - the people we love. With humor, statistical rigor, light-heartedness and sobriety, 'Bag It' highlights the relationships between healthy families, reduced consumption and a healthy planet. Buy less!
Andrea Houchard, Department of Philosophy
Northern Arizona University
Kudos to the Reel Thing team for making a very important and timely film. We had over 400 students in attendance. This was one of our largest turn-outs for our movie series. Afterwards, 50 or so students discussed options for action here on campus. It has generated the idea for a "Ban the Bag" campaign to reduce and even eliminate single-use plastic bags on our campus. My student group also wants to make the challenge to our neighboring school of University of Kansas. I think you have inspired an environmental movement and have definitely wakened up the social consciousness of our students.
Gerry Snyder, Department of Communications
Kansas State University
In a non-combative manner, 'Bag It' presents the view a major political powerhouse does not want the public to see. Students are not brainwashed into believing that plastic and chemical manufacturers are evil money-mongers, but are given tools to decide for themselves what action to take regarding the use of these products based on scientific fact and statistics. After watching 'Bag It,' any student would walk away being startled and smarter.
Francene Kaplan, Ph.D., Science Coordinator - Coast High School
Huntington Beach, CA
Resources to Download
For lessons and classroom activities that meet national education standards for students in grades 4-12, and correlate with chapters within Bag It's Educational DVD, download the Bag It Curriculum Packet. Chapters and lesson plans focus on Single-Use Disposables; Waste and Recycling; Oceans; Human Health; and Activism.
For ideas and tips about hosting your own screening of Bag It, and reducing single-use plastic on your campus or community, download the Bag It Screening Tool Kit.
For step-by-step instructions and resources about enacting a bag ban in your community and becoming a Bag It Town, download the Bag It Town Tool Kit.