“What Can I Do?” – by Rebecca Mayer

Now that Bag It has been airing on PBS, viewers have been sending in all sorts of comments and questions.  The most common question – “What can I do?”

The answers are vast.  But what I always say to people is “Start small.”  Start with yourself.  Become more educated about the problem before you feel like you have to be the whole solution.  It’s one little step at a time.  After a while, all these small steps compound and become something like real change.

We’ve seen it – Bag It Towns are popping up all over the international map.  Viewers say they no longer purchase bottled beverages, but take their water bottles everywhere they go.  People are beginning to look at the ingredients in their hair products, lotions, sunscreen and even air fresheners.

On that note, here’s some news.  The Bible for the environmentally conscious has been upgraded.  EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is all-new, with easier searching and more news and information about the products you put on your body and the bodies of your children.

Check out their linked article about the toxicity of air fresheners.  And search for your products to see where they rank.  Know in advance the dangers of new treatments like formaldehyde in the Brazilian Blow-out, which the Environmental Working Group blew the whistle on months ago.

When you educate yourself about products and issues that directly affect you, the results are far more far-reaching.

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About bagitmovie

Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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2 Responses to “What Can I Do?” – by Rebecca Mayer

  1. adele says:

    Just watched Bag It last night on KQED in San Francisco. Thank you for producing this very well made movie! Shocking, but I hope everyone will stop using plastic now!

  2. You can start by doing the obvious. Carry a reusable bag and use it every time you shop.

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