Award-winning film on MMTV asks “Is your life too plastic?”

Bag It, an award-winning documentary, is now playing on MMTV.

This touching and funny movie follows “regular guy” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he unravels the complexities of plastic in our world. The movie starts with Jeb stopping to think about what happens to all the plastic bags he uses for a few minutes and then throws away.  The story then evolves into a search for answers to bigger questions about how plastic impacts our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies.

The Melrose Recycling Committee sponsors the film on MMTV.  “Our mission is to promote ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,’” explains committee member Jeana McNeil. “More than 90% of plastic bags and 75% of plastic water bottles aren’t recycled.  Plastic bags and bottles end up littering our streets, floating in Ell Pond, or incinerated in our trash.  The film Bag It helps us take a closer look at our plastic habit

The Recycling Committee is working to help Melrose residents use fewer plastic bags.  According to McNeil, “The average American uses about 300 plastic bags a year.  That’s more than 8 million plastic bags every year in Melrose.”  The Recycling Committee wants 2017 to be the year of Bring Your Own Bag—BYOBag—here in Melrose.  “People can easily make a huge difference when they bring their own reusable bags when they go shopping.”

To stream Bag It, visit MMTV3.org.  The station broadcasts on Comcast channels 3, 15, and 22 and Verizon channels 37, 38, and 39. The movie is available to stream beginning on January 4, and airs on MMTV Mondays at 10 pm and Wednesdays at 8 pm.

To learn more or get involved with recycling and waste reduction in Melrose, contact the Melrose Recycling Committee at melroserecyclingcommittee@gmail.com.

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