Some of the issues at play in Newport City Council’s recent decision to ban single-use plastic bags will be up for discussion at a special screening of “Bag It” scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at the Newport 60+ Activity Center.
This award-winning, sometimes funny and always heart-warming movie follows everyman Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Berrier is not a radical environmentalist but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. His journey in this documentary film starts with simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded?
As the film progresses, Berrier looks beyond plastic bags and discovers that virtually everything in modern society — from baby bottles, to sports equipment, to dental sealants, to personal care products — is made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process.
What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on waterways, oceans and even the human body itself.
The May 30 screening, sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation, will start at 2 pm at 20 SE 2nd Street, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
To sign up for this presentation, drop by the center or call 541-265-9617.