Tangaroa Blue Foundation will be hosting a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary Bag It at The Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas on Friday 24th February, 2012.
Bag It follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.
Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year, that's over 10 million new bags being used every day. This single-use mentality has led to an estimated 50 million bags entering the Australian litter stream every year. Unless they are collected, they remain in the environment and accumulate at a staggering rate and create a real threat to marine life and seabirds.
The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. Two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disruptors, which have been shown to link to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity and infertility.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation recognizes the importance of reducing single-use plastic use for the safety of our community and environment. During beach clean up events held in the Far North Queensland over 80% of items found are plastic, and many of these plastic packaging items.