Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

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  • Published: 01 July 2018
  • Modern life would be impossible without plastic – but we have long since lost control over our invention. Why has plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers?

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    • Confuscious Puff
      Confuscious Puff  3 weeks back

      The world is gonna end up like the earth in Wall.E

    • T O
      T O  3 weeks back

      @Rayapu Reddy Penta Reddy SLKGFSKNGNKF

    • T O
      T O  3 weeks back

      @Rayapu Reddy Penta Reddy I. AM. THE. NEW. WORLD. ORDER.

    • T O
      T O  3 weeks back

      Maybe before placing blame on others - you should look at yourself first!

  • Xaekai
    Xaekai  18 hours back

    I'm so glad you guys addressed the India/China facet of this problem.

    • WAQUAR AHSAB
      WAQUAR AHSAB  20 hours back

      how is microplastics formed? Does it cause any disease/death?

      • Michael Ward
        Michael Ward  1 days back

        Plastic is our friend!

        • Riot4Peace
          Riot4Peace  1 days back

          Goddamn fucking idiots.

          • Arek Zaborowski
            Arek Zaborowski  2 days back

            Oh boy im so ready to overthrow plastic

            • Nimish Lonikar
              Nimish Lonikar  2 days back

              scientists have discovered an organism which eats plastic ... so the solution to plastic problem is to produce that organism in vast numbers and let it eat plastic !

              • lahmar intissar
                lahmar intissar  3 days back

                ماعلاباليش اذا كاين واحد دزيري هنا بصح انا هنا 😁

                • Hannah Tomfohrde
                  Hannah Tomfohrde  3 days back

                  Vsco girl

                  • Nichsa 444
                    Nichsa 444  3 days back

                    Condom plastic will not effectives nanobot will could breaking down hole to enter

                    • bepnho LITOKIT
                      bepnho LITOKIT  4 days back

                      Hi, thank you for your informative videos!

                      • imaminifrog
                        imaminifrog  4 days back

                        im sorry i lost my flip flops in the strong river stream sorry lol

                        • Weaboo Chan
                          Weaboo Chan  5 days back

                          How about starting by stopping the packaging in packaging in packaging inside of packaging?

                          • drugtrip intensifies
                            drugtrip intensifies  5 days back

                            The oceans are full of
                            *PLASTIC!!*

                            • Allen Liu
                              Allen Liu  6 days back

                              In the story of King Midas, He wished for the “wish” to go away and for everything to turn back to normal. And the gods accepted it. So the plastic pollution can go away if we all reuse plastic and not just throwing it away from using it only once.

                              • An_Annoying_Cat
                                An_Annoying_Cat  7 days back

                                There is a type of caterpillar that eats plastic, but those are parasitic to honeybees, so either way, we’re screwed.

                                • Konstantin
                                  Konstantin  7 days back

                                  humans are pregnant with extinction. It'll be ok as soon as people are gone. No need to bother

                                  • George Kovats
                                    George Kovats  1 weeks back

                                    Shouldn't we just... you know... reuse plastic bags like my family does?

                                    • Nitipriya Singh
                                      Nitipriya Singh  1 weeks back

                                      another dimension told me about how the humans used plastic for good.

                                      • kimberley Key
                                        kimberley Key  1 weeks back

                                        Amazing Video - Great messages

                                        • junkdna83
                                          junkdna83  2 weeks back

                                          that stat about plastic outweighing all fish in the ocean by 2050 is BS

                                          • Shadow 24
                                            Shadow 24  2 weeks back

                                            Video: Says Plastic is getting into us

                                            Me in 2nd Grade: Eats a damb plastic spoon

                                            • Noe Gruget
                                              Noe Gruget  2 weeks back

                                              Another solution is simply trying to consume less and reduce, reuse, and recycle more.

                                              • goders69
                                                goders69  2 weeks back

                                                No offence but Canada and the US are shipping their own non recyclable waste out to those mentioned countries in the video. Get your facts right

                                                • Ibrahim Adam
                                                  Ibrahim Adam  2 weeks back

                                                  The starting is not real

                                                  • Tomek Stolarski
                                                    Tomek Stolarski  2 weeks back

                                                    Even if people wanted to help , clean , collect, recycle ... there are still more who just cant beacose of...

                                                    • Anders
                                                      Anders  2 weeks back

                                                      Please make a video of how crytpocurrency works and make take a few examples like bitcoin and ether

                                                      • ALEXANDRO 147
                                                        ALEXANDRO 147  2 weeks back

                                                        How much you want to bet that at least half of the dislikes are from boomers

                                                        • Marja Seilonen
                                                          Marja Seilonen  2 weeks back

                                                          This is bad

                                                          • wojtekpolska
                                                            wojtekpolska  2 weeks back

                                                            excuse me but why in your piles of plastic trash there are Gameboys laying everywhere lol, i dont think they were so bad for peoples to just trow them away

                                                            • wojtekpolska
                                                              wojtekpolska  2 weeks back

                                                              I have a question - if most plastic in ocean is flushed just by about 10 rivers, and u said one river in china is generating 1.5 tons a year - why dont just make a "filter" - a Dam that instead of making power would recycle the plastic from this rivers preventing it from entering oceans?

                                                              • May
                                                                May  2 weeks back

                                                                Tbh Kurzgesagt could add 10 ads at the beginning of the videos and I'd still watch them

                                                                • Mr Pepperoni Pizza
                                                                  Mr Pepperoni Pizza  2 weeks back

                                                                  Humans must just die nothing would happen if we are gone

                                                                • Craig Johnson
                                                                  Craig Johnson  2 weeks back

                                                                  Shocking but also confusing 😱

                                                                  • Stacy Newsom
                                                                    Stacy Newsom  2 weeks back

                                                                    Don't ya'll remember to democratic save the trees campaign In the 1980s That was the Democrat party Save the trees stop cutting them down and to recycle plastics Was the montra of the day Before they pass laws they don't do any research United States government needs to be Super sued

                                                                    • Cre8-Health RSOTHCCBD - Hollywood Health Coach

                                                                      we must kill humans - it's the only logical answer



                                                                      What did you say plastic eating bacteria?
                                                                      did you say Worms eat plastic?
                                                                      did you say make hemp plastic?

                                                                      no no no we want to kill humans make them feel bad so they kill themselves ... problem gone!

                                                                      • Peter Penis
                                                                        Peter Penis  2 weeks back

                                                                        Most plasic comes from 4 countrys ... Why don't you fuck them Up?
                                                                        Oh wait, you can't so shit about China and they are responsible for you getting cancer

                                                                        • Mr Monstah
                                                                          Mr Monstah  2 weeks back

                                                                          Yo just because I wanna die doesn't mean that the Earth should die

                                                                          • Sebastian Reynolds
                                                                            Sebastian Reynolds  2 weeks back

                                                                            4:38 That thing at the bottom left, is that a condom?

                                                                          • Marquis Vegan
                                                                            Marquis Vegan  2 weeks back

                                                                            so bottomline the issue is littering... not plastic itself

                                                                            • Lumberjack king the great

                                                                              I got a save the environment from plastic straws ad from a mermaid

                                                                              • Jack Soley
                                                                                Jack Soley  2 weeks back

                                                                                *Greta Thunberg has entered the chat*

                                                                                • Russman
                                                                                  Russman  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Am I the only one who counted the bottles at 2:02 and was disappointed?

                                                                                  • Plasticgamerkid YT
                                                                                    Plasticgamerkid YT  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I was about to say you could use *plastic* tubs for food too, but that is literally plastic

                                                                                    • Chrys Reyes
                                                                                      Chrys Reyes  3 weeks back

                                                                                      ok boomer

                                                                                      • HeyItzRane
                                                                                        HeyItzRane  3 weeks back

                                                                                        If plastic is so durable and cheap to make, *WHY DON'T WE MAKE RECYCLABLE PLASTIC BAGS???*

                                                                                        • Sanskaar Kulkarni
                                                                                          Sanskaar Kulkarni  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Thank you very much for the high quality content you give us, I have used this in my report and I really benefited from you telling us the source, thank you!

                                                                                          • ZeeBeeFPV
                                                                                            ZeeBeeFPV  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Thank you for explaining what is happening without vilifying plastics. They are absolutely the most efficient way to preserve food. Even though paper enjoys a slightly higher recycling rate, it too exudes methane as it decomposes, its reprocessing requires far more resources (like water) than the reprocessing of recycled plastic. Plus do you think we want to go back to using more paper/ cutting more trees?
                                                                                            People need to know that plastic is VERY GOOD for disposal in properly designed landfills (which we have in the US - mostly)-all of its carbon is sequestered within it, it does not leach contaminants into the soil, and it creates a stable base upon which a park can be built at the landfills decommissioning. BTW the first thing you do when making a landfill is line it with plastic!
                                                                                            All the problems with plastic litter is caused by LITTERING. We can solve it by putting trash where it belongs, NOT by banning trash. The best enviro statement we ever had was "give a hoot, don't pollute", which speaks to the heart of the matter. Anyone remember Woodsy Owl?