Thursday, August 30, 2007

Introducing Bagonaut!

I know what you're thinking...Michelle's concocting another zany enterprise with plastic bags! Well, my friends, that is incorrect! ;0)

Turns out, there's another fellow who wants to raise public awareness about the consumption of plastic bags. His name is Egon "Bagonaut" Sanders, and he's organized the "Big Bag Event," which will take place on Sept. 8th at the Sam's Club store in San Angelo, TX.

As part of this event, there will be various talks concerning environmental issues that affect communities and a discussion of practical solutions to help solve these problems. And that evening, Bagonaut is hosting a Plastic Bag Film Festival, featuring "bag" classics, such as “I Don't Need a Bag” and “Bag Monster Attacks San Francisco.” (Who knew there were films on this topic?!? This is hilarious!)

Of course, this Big Bag Event wouldn't be complete without giving folks free, reusable bags. But here's the catch: festival attendants need to donate a non-perishable food item at this event in order to receive their free canvas bag. (These food items will be donated to the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank). What a sweet deal!

And as if that weren't enough, Bagonaut has created the world's largest canvas bag. It's so large, in fact, that he's going to be in this "BIGBAG1" for 24-hours during this event. This big bag is also serving as the screen for the film festival!

Wow!! Sounds like this is going to be a memorable event!! ;0) As I told my stats students last semester, sometimes it takes a spectacle to get folks to stop what they're doing, consider an issue they've not really thought about before, and get inspired to make some positive changes in their community. I really hope this Big Bag Event does just that--Good luck Bagonaut!!


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