Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

  • Published on: 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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  • Floofy Ultima :3
    Floofy Ultima :3   14 hours ago

    Im working on a poster for plastic pollution entitled STOP PLASTIC POLLUTION

  • Cole ‘Tequila’ Patron

    When you realize greek mythology is just trying to tell us what not to do to screw ourselves over

  • Jackson Sweet
    Jackson Sweet   22 hours ago

    So are we just gonna ignore the fact that they talked about wrapping a single banana?

  • Kpopguy !
    Kpopguy !   1 days ago

    Even friend is also made of plastic. 😑

  • Edwin Arguello
    Edwin Arguello   1 days ago

    How did ancient people use to live without plastic??

  • Samuel L. Jackson _
    Samuel L. Jackson _   2 days ago

    A mindfuck: we could replace all plastics with hemp fiber, but there’s a stigma against hemp so instead we’re eating motherfucking plastic particles

  • Split Haven
    Split Haven   2 days ago

    Reusable plastics. Plastic fabrics for clothes. Plastic building materials for spacecraft. Plastic building material for everything. Instead of making our plastic to throw it away We make it to last. We have a freaking goldmine and we are throwing it away like it is trash. imagine If scientists and plastic producers got together. can you imagine all the badass stuff we could get done?

  • Kurnaz
    Kurnaz   2 days ago

    Abi yapma, atma izmaritini denize, geri alamazsın :d

  • Kazooples
    Kazooples   2 days ago

    I resent the demonisation of furbies in this video, but I will look past it, for Mother Earth.

  • Xaekai
    Xaekai   3 days ago

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

    WAQUAR AHSAB   3 days ago

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

  • Nimish Lonikar
    Nimish Lonikar   4 days ago

    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   5 days ago

    ماعلاباليش اذا كاين واحد دزيري هنا بصح انا هنا 😁

  • Nichsa 444
    Nichsa 444   5 days ago

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

  • imaminifrog
    imaminifrog   6 days ago

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

  • Weaboo Chan
    Weaboo Chan   1 weeks ago

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

  • Allen Liu
    Allen Liu   1 weeks ago

    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   1 weeks ago

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

  • Konstantin
    Konstantin   1 weeks ago

    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 ago

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

  • Nitipriya Singh
    Nitipriya Singh   1 weeks ago

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

  • junkdna83
    junkdna83   2 weeks ago

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