Award-winning documentary 'Bag It' comes to Bennington.

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BENNINGTON — "Bag It," an award-winning environmental documentary about the impact of single-use plastic bags, will be shown Friday night at Bennington College. The screening, hosted by students Elene Charkviani and Srichchha Pradhan, will take place at 7 p.m. in Tishman Lecture Hall on the college campus.

"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.

The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas.

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.

"We recognize the importance of reducing single-use plastic use for the safety of our community and environment," Charkviani and Pradhan said in a release, "and invite all of you to join this awareness event."

The screening is free and open to the public.

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