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AB 1998: 'The Majestic Plastic Bag' Nature Mockumentary Raises Support For California Plastic Bag Ban Bill (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/17/10 01:12 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

With the California Senate preparing to vote on AB 1998 -- a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide -- Heal the Bay has released a hilarious mockumentary in the vein of a BBC nature film, following the travels of "one of the most clever and illustrious creatures: the plastic bag."

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, the short video details the journey of a single-use plastic bag through "the open plains of the asphalt jungle," facing many foes on the way, including park services and a teacup Yorkie, "one of nature's most deadly killers." Will the plastic bag ultimately survive the perilous travails, and complete its journey to the sea where it can join millions of tons of other plastic to live indefinitely in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Heal the Bay created the humorous clip to bring awareness to plastic pollution, and help raise support for AB 1998, which would ban single-use plastic bags from supermarkets, convenience stores, and other similar outlets.

According to Heal the Bay, 19 billion bags are used across California every year, leading to 123,000 tons of waste and costing taxpayers $25 million a year in cleanup efforts.

GO HERE to see how you can help pass this landmark bill, making California the first state to ban plastic bags.

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Filed by Travis Donovan  |