Friends have forwarded me a whole slew of fantastic videos recently about plastic bags and plastic bottles. Here are three that I love. Please take the time to watch.
Bring Your Canvas Bags
This one is totally addictive. It starts out slow but builds until you find yourself humming it in your sleep. The video did come out a while ago, but even if you’ve seen it already, why not watch it again?
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVh15aUt8-c
Life of a Plastic Bag
Taking it down a notch, this 18 minute video narrated by Werner Herzog is weirdly beautiful, if not entirely accurate. A plastic bag suffers an existential crisis after betrayal by the woman who brought him home from the store. If he could find her again, he would tell her one thing. Watch to find out what that one thing is.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuJ31bu01mM
The Story of Bottled Water
Annie Leonard has done it again. After explaining the Story of Stuff, she takes us on a journey through the Story of Bottled Water. Check out what Annie learned when she followed the water bottles from a community recycling programs. It’s not what most people think.
A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a passenger on my BART train telling another rider that he liked bottled water so much he’d bathe in it if he could afford to. Well, of course, I couldn’t let that go, so I jumped in and explained why bottled water is one of the biggest scams of all time. He wouldn’t hear it. I wish I could have shown him this video.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se12y9hSOM0