'Bag It': A Free Movie You Won't Want to Miss

The documentary raises awareness about the tremendous negative impact plastic bags have on our environment, and encourages the use of reusable bags.

It may be a school/work night, but a visit to the Belmont Library tomorrow night for a free movie may be the most important outing you and your family will make all week.

The public showing of "Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic," will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Belmont Library.

The movie, presented by the City of Belmont, the Belmont Public Library and San Mateo County, follows an average American who decides to give up using plastic grocery bags. In the process, he learns of the negative impacts plastics have on our lives, our waterways, and our bodies. 

Winning several film festival awards, this documentary is sure to entertain and inform.  Reusable Chico bags will be given out to the first 50 people in attendance.


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Mike Swire November 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Thank you, Belmont City Council, for voting unanimously to ban the plastic bag! This is great step for the environment.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) April 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Thanks Mike....and today, I've had few takers on the canvas Patch tote bags while working at a table in front of Starbucks!
Denise April 23, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Yesterday the guy in front of me forgot his bags. The checker very nicely asked if he’d like to purchase a paper bag. He was upset, threw his receipt down and left with his groceries stacked. I told Rasheda (the checker) it was obviously her fault-She said “yes I’ve been getting it all day”. I (forgetting my bag) piled a few things in my pockets and walked out feeling like a shoplifter. -I like the bag ban; I just need to remember to bring the bags!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) April 23, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Thanks for that anecdote Denise----I never thought about what a transition this would be for the folks that work in grocery stores when someone forgets their bags. There will undoubtedly be some angry customers until everyone gets in the swing of things. Sounds like the checker in your story was well trained, but there will always be rude people unfortunately. I have a feeling we'll be seeing lots of people with their pockets stuffed and juggling boxes of cereal and bananas in their arms for a few weeks!
Courtney Carreras April 23, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I am also thankful for the bag ban, and thank Mike for his work and efforts in helping to bring this forward. This, however, does not mean that I always remember my bags. Its just a matter of getting used to a new routine. In taking some much needed steps to save the environment for our kids and grandkids, these very minor potential inconveniences are a oh-so-small price to pay.


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