The Washington Environmental Council and Washington Montessori School will co-sponsor a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Bag It” Jan. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The film will be screened at the school at 240 Litchfield Road (Route 202) in Washington.

“Bag It” is an important film that follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags.

Although his quest starts out small, Berrier soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers and ultimately human health.

The average human uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about 12 minutes each.

This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas.

Organizers said the documentary aims to increase the awareness in Litchfield County of one of the biggest environmental challenges facing us today, and to empower members of our community to live in more environmentally-friendly ways.