Jeremy Irons talks about the plastic bag

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Let's put an end to this

Let's put an end to this

How could I resist the charming voice of Jeremy Irons, talking us through the life of the plastic bag?

Heal the Bay is run by a passionate and compassionate group of people in Santa Monica who want to protect marine life and heal the environment from pollution.

Filmed in the style of a nature documentary and narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this “mockumentary”, though lighthearted in tone, hammers home the stark reality of California’s plastic bag pollution situation.

Heal The Bay tell us a vote on the California Senate floor for AB 1998 is expected by the end of August and they want your help to pass this landmark bill to reduce plastic bag pollution.

They tell you how to call your CA state senator and even tell you what to say.

Alternatively, you can send a letter to the CA Senate expressing your support for AB 1998. Your letter will be e-mailed to Heal the Bay which they will print and hand-deliver deliver for maximum impact. Find a template letter here.

All done?

Great! Now you can sit back, relax and watch this entertaining 4 minute mockumentary:


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. John says:

    I’m so glad you didn’t manage to resist the charms of Jeremy Irons, Rae. The film manages to condense beautifully, all we need to know about the plastic bag, into four minutes.

    One thing though, I won’t be able to petition my Californian Senator, living in Lincolnshire, I have no idea who S/he is 🙂

  2. Jane says:

    Plastic is getting into the foodchain. Youtube has more footage showing we have to wake up to what is happening.

  3. Karin says:

    I guess that’s where the biodegradable bag is better as it does disintegrate when wet, so would pose less threat to marine life.

    Jane – it’s not so much about us waking up but about getting the message across to people who are careless enough to let plastic bags blow away in the first place, perhaps because they take more than they need for their shopping because they find them useful at home. This might be because the ones they put their shopping in tend to break by the time they get home, so it seems to me there is no reason to make a bag so flimsy that it breaks with one use.

  4. As a would-be bag-lady, i can empathize with the poor bag in question…so many made, so many wasted.
    the short video embodies the plight of many species. definitely one of my favorite modes of mocumentation.

  5. Condo Blues says:

    This video reminds me of the bag that’s been stuck in a tree in my neighborhood for weeks. All of my neighbors hate it. I hope it serves as a reminder to use reusable shopping bags. Which I happily caught my next door neighbor doing at the grocery store last weekend! And she in turn caught me walking out of the store with mine!

  6. Jane says:

    @Karin: In the UK if you forget to take your own bags shopping with you you can buy for 10p a reusable Bag for Life from the main supermarkets. However since they just love you to do their advertising for them with masses of bags – you might find you have to ask for them!

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