Amusing Monday: Migration of the plastic bag

As the California Assembly faces a showdown over a proposed ban on plastic bags throughout the state, the environmental group Heal the Bay has released a humorous “mockumentary” about the wayward life of a creature that has the uncanny ability to travel across land, water and air.

This short video is narrated by Academy-Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons. Its release comes as the deadline approaches for the California Assembly to take action on the bag-ban bill, AB 1998. A vote is expected by the end of the month.

The California bill would ban plastic bags except for those needed for sanitary purposes, such as meat. For details about the bill and about various efforts by opposing sides of the debate, check out Friday’s story in the Ventura County Star by reporter Timm Herdt.

For a nationwide perspective, see the Aug. 15 story in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader by Ali Eaves, who mentions Seattle’s experience with a proposed bag fee: In 2008, the city council passed a ban, which was later overturned by referendum.

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