Sustainable packaging: Bag-reuse video contest enters final month

David Bellm

January 30, 2014

2 Min Read
Sustainable packaging: Bag-reuse video contest enters final month
A Bag's Life


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A musical celebrating best friends, a drama dealing with a worldwide strike and a ditty about cleaning up after a doggie are among three entries racking up votes in the final month of a video contest promoting recycling and reuse of free plastic bags. Floridians still have until Sept. 5 to enter A Bag's Life Video Contest, with the top prize up to $1,500.

So far, 10 entries have made it to the recycling campaign's Web site,, where voting and ranking the 60-second videos has been taking place since Earth Day 2010. The videos include original songs and "news" reports -- and even a storyline about a family, known as "the Baggins," who reuse their plastic bags for just about everything.

"The videos have been outstanding and it's been fun to watch the voting," said Lauren McCarthy of the Florida Recycling Partnership. "The entries have come mostly from high school and college students who are looking at a future in filmmaking and find the reuse and recycle message an easy and creative topic to explain."

Entries can be submitted at and are being accepted in two categories -- with top-prize, second and third place winners in each.

One category is for videos showing the myriad ways plastic bags can be reused while the other is for videos that depict second-life uses for recycled plastic bags. The grand-prize winner in each category will receive $1,500, second place $500 and third place $250.

Viewers are invited to rate each video and the final three will be chosen from the top five vote-getters in each category. So get shooting and upload your video right away to maximize its exposure.

About A Bag's Life
A Bag's Life is Florida's awareness campaign to encourage reduce, recycle and reuse of free plastic bags and materials like dry cleaning and bread bags, and the wraps on items like paper towels or cases of bottled water. It includes an interactive website ( and app with more than 1,700 plastic bag recycling drop-off sites located by zip code. Demonstrating what public and private groups can accomplish by working together, A Bag's Life is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Recycling Partnership, Florida Retail Federation, Recycle Florida Today and the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council.

SOURCE: A Bag's Life


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