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Apr 18, 2011

Do you throw away plastic bags? If so, you must join today's Gab with the Gurus Show. You'll be shocked when you hear Jeb Berrier, star of a new documentary, "Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic," as he examines our cultural love affair with plastics. Jeb’s journey starts with questions like: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to them after they're discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags. "Bag It" is one of six provocative, character-driven films that focus on food and environmental issues that is being presented by Whole Foods Market, the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, as part of its nationwide “Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel” Film Festival for Earth Month.  You'll be shocked by what Jeb discovered: The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for an average of 12 minutes before they are discarded. About 2 million plastic bottles are consumed in the U.S. every five minutes, less then 25% are recycled. The average American contributes 800 pounds of packaging waste to landfills per year. 14 million pounds of trash end up in the ocean each year. Plastic debris resembles plankton—fish food—and there is 40 times more plastic than Plankton in some parts of the ocean. About 100,000 marine mammals and sea birds die each year from becoming entangled in or ingesting plastic debris.