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A Bag's Life in Final Weeks of Video Contest

A superhero out to combat waste, an animated talking grocery sac and a fashion report featuring haute couture are among three of the top vote-getters so far in a statewide Virginia high school video contest promoting recycling and reuse of plastic bags. Online voting ends April 3 at 5 p.m. in the A Bag’s Life Video Contest, which will award two top prizes of $1,000 each. 

Ten entries are posted on the recycling campaign’s website,, where voting has been taking place since March 9. Nearly 50 videos were submitted in the categories of reuse or recycle since the contest was announced during America Recycles Day 2010, and a panel of judges selected the top five in each category for online public voting.

“The videos have been outstanding and it’s been fun to watch the voting,” said Mike Baum, executive director for Keep Virginia Beautiful, a partner in A Bag’s Life. “High school students have clearly found the reuse and recycle message an easy and creative topic to explain.”

In the reuse category, students were asked to show myriad ways plastic bags can be reused while the recycle category depicts second-life uses for recycled plastic bags. The grand-prize winner in each category will receive $1,000, second place $500 and third place $300.

Top 10 Videos Posted for Online Voting:

·       Victoria Gambriel, Atlee High School — 3 Bags on a Journey

·       Thomas McNulty, Arlington Career Center — A Bag’s Life

·       Sam Gorman and  Hannah Peterson, Nelson County High School & Albemarle High School — Bag-Man

·       Raven Westerfield and Nicole Busi, Gloucester High School — GNN Special Report

·       Carlos Zuniga, Parkview High School — Recycle It

·       Abbi Eimers, Robert E Lee High School — Crafty

·       Justin Garcia, Garcia Homeschool — Life After Groceries

·       Chrystyne Ruiz, Park View High School — Reduce. Reuse. Have a Fashion Show

·       Laura Fowler and  Tori Hayes, Princess Anne High School — Save the Bags

·       Juliana Leckszas, Atlee High School — Top 10 Bag Countdown

About A Bag's Life

A Bag’s Life is Virginia’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 800 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 Keep Virginia Beautiful, Virginia Retail Federation, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, HR Clean, Virginia Recycling Association, Trex and the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council.