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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  • Tưởng Anh Kiệt
    Tưởng Anh Kiệt   1 days ago

    Dear @Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell,Can I use your video for my presentation?

  • Kyler Kasper
    Kyler Kasper   1 days ago

    Of course plastic is a furby, get the shotgun

  • Wyatt Okikawa
    Wyatt Okikawa   1 days ago

    We created a near indestructible material and throw it away madness

  • Magic Pigeon
    Magic Pigeon   1 days ago

    0:27 wouldn’t he turn himself into gold?

  • CJ Hunt
    CJ Hunt   2 days ago

    2:51 Oh no, we know exactly how. Capitalists decided they could get more value out of the labourers who make plastic if they could force them to make the same things with the same use value over and over again, so they convinced the world plastic was disposable. It's not.

  • Ranti Mayasari
    Ranti Mayasari   2 days ago

    cant we send those plastic trash to the moon?? or asteroid?? there's no living creature there. 🤷

  • s s
    s s   2 days ago

    Why are we here George Carlin: plastic

  • Alan Q. Wake
    Alan Q. Wake   3 days ago

    Say it with me now: we've discovered the great filter !!!

  • Toon Boy
    Toon Boy   3 days ago

    Hell yeah. Why won’t babies eat plastic legos?

  • Arya Ganne
    Arya Ganne   3 days ago

    There isn't a garbage disposal in India.

  • WeSpeak
    WeSpeak   1 weeks ago

    The cloth bag is less likely to end up in the oceans or worse yet inside an animal.

  • Rook Stavish
    Rook Stavish   1 weeks ago

    The fact about plastic bags vs cloth bags is a bit misleading. Sure you might have to use a cloth bag 7,000 times to make up for ONE plastic bag. But every time you use that cotton bag you are replacing another plastic bag. And then another and another. So if you go to the store once a week you’re replacing 52 plastic bags with that one cotton bag. So take the carbon emissions of 52 bags and compare it to 1 cotton bag. If you reused that plastic bag 7,000 times then yea I’ll believe it’s better for the environment than the cotton bag but you need to factor in the fact that a cotton bag is not the replacement for a single plastic bag. It’s a replacement for hundreds to thousands of bags. I think this misleading info is exactly why people don’t bother using reusable bags. I like the video and agree with most of it but that fact doesn’t seem like something you should have skimmed over because it makes people think that plastic bags are better for the environment

  • Ps Revanth
    Ps Revanth   1 weeks ago

    It should have been like this, midas: " what ever i touch should become gold if i want to". Simple, then whatever midas wanted only those things will turn gold.Similarly if use enough plastic upto a limit no harm will happen. so if use more than limit stuff like these happen.

  • 8boy 09
    8boy 09   1 weeks ago

    I have created blueprints for a machine that if built could eradicate plastic pollution I just don’t have the funding........

  • KP바비 KJ
    KP바비 KJ   1 weeks ago

    Watches video as chews on a rubber band

  • Grant Drew
    Grant Drew   1 weeks ago

    What is the alternative to the plastic consumable? What material is better?

  • Go away.
    Go away.   1 weeks ago

    Can I just say that I had an ad about plastic pollution before watching the video

  • Noah I.
    Noah I.   1 weeks ago

    laughs bcuz parents will watch their kids die soon

  • Uyên Kim
    Uyên Kim   1 weeks ago

    When I looked in the ten river that wastes mostly come from, I sadly realized that 3 or 4 rivers is of Vietnam... :(

  • jaja1818
    jaja1818   1 weeks ago

    how about we catapult or ship the waste into space?to the sun maybe??or a blackhole