|Posted on August 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM|
Image from The Plastic Bag
I came across two YouTube videos highlighting the devastatingly negative impact of plastic bags on our beautiful planet. Where these bags end up is not only shocking but makes me wonder why we're not as angry about this destruction of the Pacific Ocean as we are by the oil spill in the Gulf.
Both videos were shot in the tradition of BBC nature documentaries and both use well-now personalities to deliver their message. Ramin Bahran's Plastic Bag video, narrated by Werner Herzog, is an almost romantic depiction of the wanderings of the plastic bag in search of its "maker." The message is important, but it went on too long before bringing home its point.
Heal the Bay's shorter four-minute video, The Majestic Plastic Bag, narrated by Jeremy Irons, also features a plastic bag navigating through the dangers of life while eventually making it to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Unlike the Bahran video, the message delivery is at once funny and sobering.
Regardless, both videos are a good reminder for us to avoid plastic bags in general and make the effort to pick them up when we see them lying around outside.
Tell everyone you know to watch both.