Margate and Ventnor partner to raise awareness about single-use bags.
Sustainable Margate and the Ventnor Green Team, in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation, South Jersey Chapter, are partnering together to host a showing of the award winning documentary film Bag It for local businesses at Steve and Cookies by the Bay on Tuesday, March 10 from 6 – 8 pm. There is no charge to attend. Light hors d’oeuvres will served and a cash bar will be available.
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 12 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 purpose of the screening is to raise awareness and change the culture by getting more residents to use reusable bags,” said Margate Mayor Mike Becker. “As coastal communities, we have a burden of responsibility to try and limit the amount of trash and litter created by single-use bags. We feel businesses will be key in changing behavior, which is why we are hosting a special screening just for them,” Becker added.
“Trash and litter know no boundaries,” said Ventnor City Mayor Mike Bagnell. “Our communities depend on clean beaches and a clean environment. “By raising awareness, we are hoping to have a significant impact on the problem.”
“Surfrider Foundation absolutely supports increased education about plastic bags, which is why we are partnering on this important issue with Margate and Ventnor,” said Beth Kwart, Chair of the South Jersey Chapter of Surfrider Foundation. “As an organization, we are committed to the health of our beaches and oceans. I think we can all agree that plastic bags are bad for the environment – they choke wildlife, don’t break down in landfills or the ocean, they add to our demand for oil, and they are not easy to recycle,” noted Kwart.
All downbeach businesses are invited to attend the event. The event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by January 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org.