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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    • ender_slayer3
      ender_slayer3  3 giorni fa

      However if you had cared to mention that a large portion ( roughly 80-90% ) comes from countries like India, where they are trying to jump from a third world to a first world nation. This is foolish and dangerous because it WILL cause extreme poverty (which it has) spread of disease, and of course mass pollution, because the people are uneducated on how to handle such materials they do what they have always done with their trash, which used to consist of all natural materials such as wood, food scraps, and woven baskets, they simply do not understand the massive destructive chain of events that they have set into motion, and their government doesn't care because they are too busy advancing themselves to notice the giant smog trail that is being left behind them, honestly look at India where so many of their people are starving and in droughts, and the government is making plans for their own space program!

      • Zaabb Zaabb
        Zaabb Zaabb  19 giorni fa

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        • Zaabb Zaabb
          Zaabb Zaabb  19 giorni fa

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          • Nick Ruiez
            Nick Ruiez  Ora fa

            Global warming, plastic polution, nuclear warheads, asteroids, over population..... Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die.

            • Balder Suen
              Balder Suen  7 ore fa

              Just use it for something

              • Balder Suen
                Balder Suen  7 ore fa

                Nature must take revenge

                • majestaec
                  majestaec  11 ore fa

                  So we’re basically stuck in this until we die because of it.

                  • Veronica Marx
                    Veronica Marx  15 ore fa

                    Thank you so much! I chose this topic for my speeches at my school and will be presenting some of your information! You really helped me out, thank you 🙏

                    • Peter Faretra
                      Peter Faretra  16 ore fa

                      90% of all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers; two are in in Africa and the other eight are in Asia... with China dumping 50% alone. ASIA HAVE BEEN QUIETLY POISONING OUR OCEANS FOR DECADES!

                      • GameJunk
                        GameJunk  22 ore fa

                        China

                        • M H
                          M H  Giorno fa

                          6:27 single use plastic bag. Dont people understand yo can use the plastic bag at least 50 times? the "throw away plastic bag", is reusable. you dont have to throw it away...

                          • Madara Uchiha
                            Madara Uchiha  Giorno fa

                            There you are, enjoying your plastic things, and suddenly, the world is made of plastic You didn't ask for this You didn't choose this But yet there it is

                            • Mika Hood
                              Mika Hood  Giorno fa

                              I feel like kurzgesagt might have something against furbies 🤔

                              • Blak Vision
                                Blak Vision  Giorno fa

                                Stop using plastics right away. Don't live in showoff world. India is taking initiatives to end use of plastics 100%. Why don't some very civilized country ignore Plastic Ban? Are you really civilized or just civilized with pen and paper?

                                • leo nas
                                  leo nas  Giorno fa

                                  We need plastic that decomposes safely...

                                  • Jocker
                                    Jocker  2 giorni fa

                                    i thought the solution was developed long ago, recycling? real recycling not just burning it for energy production. i mean probably about 70% of all plastics are polymers that can be reused , stuff like PP/PE/PET or the styrene group. the problem is not the plastics but the people... it is just cheaper to throw it into the oceans and the solution for that would be to make it more expansive up to the point where people don't even think about throwing it away.

                                    • Khyrid
                                      Khyrid  2 giorni fa

                                      We really need to get the word out on this. This is like the Romans with Lead Pipes, we have no idea that we are destroying ourselves.

                                      • No Way
                                        No Way  3 giorni fa

                                        We are really stupid

                                        • Moca Mihai
                                          Moca Mihai  3 giorni fa

                                          I think that you should take in account that planned obsolescence also plays a big role in contributing to plastic waste. I think a huge step for humanity would be to ban corporations and companies to use planned obsolescence if their goods are made out of plastic.

                                          • Sergius Janik
                                            Sergius Janik  3 giorni fa

                                            How about plastic - digesting Bacteria? Maybe one mutation will change the world some time and they will use a highly available energy resource...

                                            • Obi-Wan Ennobi
                                              Obi-Wan Ennobi  2 giorni fa

                                              Actually, there were bacteria discovered digesting PET in Japan very recently and the responsible enzyme PETase could be identified. The enzyme is quite inefficient but researchers all over the world are working on engineering new optimized variants. In our lab in Berlin for example, a group of algae researchers (iGEM at the Humboldt University, check it out!) try to develop microplastic degrading algae cells. These are just the first steps, it is is still a long way.

                                              • Kirbs Mart
                                                Kirbs Mart  3 giorni fa

                                                It all starts with HUMAN GREED.

                                                • Jerco _ Felix141
                                                  Jerco _ Felix141  4 giorni fa

                                                  "....and a drum." That me lmfao

                                                  • goerge bosh
                                                    goerge bosh  4 giorni fa

                                                    why God wants us to live? why God why?

                                                    • Nippy Bridge
                                                      Nippy Bridge  4 giorni fa

                                                      lets all admit here. overpopulation is the real problem.

                                                      • Jorge Goias
                                                        Jorge Goias  4 giorni fa

                                                        Why don’t those stupid fish/birds stop eating plastic then? Sounds like survival of the fittest to me.

                                                        • elulcao CA
                                                          elulcao CA  4 giorni fa

                                                          You cant save the world

                                                          • Liana Fecteau
                                                            Liana Fecteau  4 giorni fa

                                                            we can' but we can try to

                                                            • Kutluhan Bilgeşah Bayzan

                                                              Sorry but i dont understand problem. Yes, there is a lots of plastic. But this is dont kill peoples. İn the worst scenario kills some fishs. İ think we must think climate change, because this is very big problem and plastic is little problem

                                                              • Cody Wellings
                                                                Cody Wellings  5 giorni fa

                                                                Kutluhan Bilgeşah Bayzan ok kiddo let me explain to you. There’s actually quite a lot of ties with plastic to climate change and both are big problems. Plastic kills animals, which may not seem a like anything but it actually has a big impact. See there is something called ecosystem. An ecosystem is large web full of different specifies that are connected to each other. All species in an ecosystem rely on other species to in many different ways. If one species were to die in an ecosystem it impacts the whole ecosystem. For example, an species dies, the natural predators of the species would lose a food source and get affected deeply, starving and struggling to survive. Now, if it was their only food source, they would starve to death, and then the predators of those predators would starve and the same thing happens until the ecosystem dies and then the whole planet is affected. Now how this this related to plastic? Well like I said in the beginning, plastic can kill animals, which could make a species go extinct, and start this entire thing I just explained, this would cause more climate change and cause global warming which would kill us, so yes plastic would kill humans. Another thing is that when plastic is manufactured, it causes pollution since most palaces that produce plastic are probably fossil fuels powered. There is a lot more I could explain but I’m assuming people are getting bored of reading this so I’ll end it here. Hope I cleared up some things.

                                                                • Comander Gree
                                                                  Comander Gree  5 giorni fa

                                                                  Nature: Please don't throw your trash in the ocean, you are making a mistake. Humans: Yea yea shut up. Micro plastic: *starts killing humans* Nature: What did i say.

                                                                  • LordApollyon
                                                                    LordApollyon  5 giorni fa

                                                                    Even Humans are turning other humans into Plastic. (if you get what I mean)

                                                                    • Mo Hassan
                                                                      Mo Hassan  5 giorni fa

                                                                      please do a video on plastic ecobricking: a solution to plastic consumption !!!

                                                                      • onlyvirly2c
                                                                        onlyvirly2c  5 giorni fa

                                                                        We are killing the earth everybody man I wish there was some that could remove all excessive plastic in the world which includes plastic in the ocean other areas it shouldn’t be etc

                                                                        • Major Tom
                                                                          Major Tom  6 giorni fa

                                                                          stop to use plastic for everything! expecially for bags

                                                                          • Joanna L
                                                                            Joanna L  6 giorni fa

                                                                            Humans need to go extinct. This planet does not need us.

                                                                            • Sila Loeffen
                                                                              Sila Loeffen  6 giorni fa

                                                                              Whe gota do something fisch die we wil die in on point because of plastic every one who wants to join me like or react thanks thogether whel make the world a better place # ban plastic

                                                                              • GreenFreak
                                                                                GreenFreak  6 giorni fa

                                                                                *f u r b y*

                                                                                • Empire of Helvectica
                                                                                  Empire of Helvectica  6 giorni fa

                                                                                  7:44 on the cargo ship it says “垃圾”, which means rubbish in chinese

                                                                                  • ben townsend
                                                                                    ben townsend  6 giorni fa

                                                                                    well when the time comes it will come, or do something about this. We can work as a team, or we could just let schools destroy our children's dreams. A. Tack action B. Whatever has happened will never be dealt with C. You have the rights to say, do anything

                                                                                    • Tamizon
                                                                                      Tamizon  7 giorni fa

                                                                                      “Or to wrap a banana”

                                                                                      • MadLane
                                                                                        MadLane  7 giorni fa

                                                                                        plastic is great, the best, we can't stop using it, would be a stupid thing to do, now people need to learn to throw the plastic in the trash can, that way there is no pollution.

                                                                                        • Minecraft Legends of the Heroes

                                                                                          We are doomed

                                                                                          • Terraria 4DayZ
                                                                                            Terraria 4DayZ  7 giorni fa

                                                                                            Burn the plastic u use its fuel and helping

                                                                                            • pny swan
                                                                                              pny swan  7 giorni fa

                                                                                              Mightus have asses ear

                                                                                              • Mike123
                                                                                                Mike123  7 giorni fa

                                                                                                Recycling removes a block of plastic in seas and landfills a week. Recycling removes Plastic block by block.

                                                                                                • imilenkova
                                                                                                  imilenkova  8 giorni fa

                                                                                                  Why don't put plastic in lava?

                                                                                                  • Amy Sok
                                                                                                    Amy Sok  8 giorni fa

                                                                                                    Love your videos! Even my 5 year old daughter enjoys watching them.

                                                                                                    • manjuadithya
                                                                                                      manjuadithya  8 giorni fa

                                                                                                      2:56 who the hell came up with that brilliant idea?

                                                                                                      • Mein Feish
                                                                                                        Mein Feish  8 giorni fa

                                                                                                        I wish we can threw trash we don’t need into the forest and the sea and then suddenly it evaporates into nothing

                                                                                                        • Chamsae WildCraft
                                                                                                          Chamsae WildCraft  9 giorni fa

                                                                                                          This channel is incredible and very informative - in fact a little too informative 😂 it makes me realize how everything can suck so much xD and how I can die at legit any second, how im wrecking myself and killing myself. Cancer, cancer, cancer...I am very concerned about myself now

                                                                                                          • Knightmares
                                                                                                            Knightmares  9 giorni fa

                                                                                                            What do those Chinese characters say on the ship? On 7:54

                                                                                                            • Knightmares
                                                                                                              Knightmares  8 giorni fa

                                                                                                              承逸周 thanks

                                                                                                              • 承逸周
                                                                                                                承逸周  8 giorni fa

                                                                                                                垃圾 means trash

                                                                                                                • creeper boy
                                                                                                                  creeper boy  9 giorni fa

                                                                                                                  Is this true...?

                                                                                                                  • Brandon Maves
                                                                                                                    Brandon Maves  9 giorni fa

                                                                                                                    8:23 The circle of life.

                                                                                                                    • AZUREASH GT
                                                                                                                      AZUREASH GT  10 giorni fa

                                                                                                                      1970 : In future we will have a flying card 2019 : PLASTIC ATTACK

                                                                                                                      • Dana Yankovsky
                                                                                                                        Dana Yankovsky  10 giorni fa

                                                                                                                        Мы не окажемся в "таком мире", мы уже тут...

                                                                                                                        • Enthar Gaming
                                                                                                                          Enthar Gaming  10 giorni fa

                                                                                                                          Make a reusable plastic bag

                                                                                                                          • Enthar Gaming
                                                                                                                            Enthar Gaming  10 giorni fa

                                                                                                                            Goddamn it just stop using plastic

                                                                                                                            • Enthar Gaming
                                                                                                                              Enthar Gaming  10 giorni fa

                                                                                                                              Nooooooooooooo we need to save the fish

                                                                                                                              • Marcelo Bovo
                                                                                                                                Marcelo Bovo  11 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                Hey Kurzgesagt, your videos are always great, but this one have a serious mistake. Most of the garbage thrown at rivers in Asia are not from their own consumption, but imported trash from all over the world, specially rich countries. So blaming it all on their rapid industrialisation isn't just wrong but can also be used by western deniers who just want to blame somebody else and do nothing about the problem. Please, check this info, which you can easily find good sources about

                                                                                                                                • Mavis Yen
                                                                                                                                  Mavis Yen  11 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                  Always infuriated me how people are so lazy to put their rubbish in the bin

                                                                                                                                  • CJ Londonio
                                                                                                                                    CJ Londonio  12 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                    I watched a Plastic Pollution ad before this video

                                                                                                                                    • Monroe Robbins
                                                                                                                                      Monroe Robbins  12 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                      We should definitely do our best to contribute to cleaning up our oceans. We can do our parts!

                                                                                                                                      • Amy E
                                                                                                                                        Amy E  12 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                        Didn't see where the cotton bag vs plastic bag figure was cited? I would love to know!

                                                                                                                                        • Starboard Lines
                                                                                                                                          Starboard Lines  13 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                          watching this while drinking and eating out of and with plastic

                                                                                                                                          • Adt_10 Terrarian
                                                                                                                                            Adt_10 Terrarian  13 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                            Kurzgesagt: How Humans are Turning the World into PLASTIC Mariya Takeuchi: Hold my beer

                                                                                                                                            • Wisdom Fruit
                                                                                                                                              Wisdom Fruit  14 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                              THE MOST ADAPTABLE LIFEFORMS WILL SURVIVE BACTERIA NOT HUMANS LOL WE COME SECOND THOUGH

                                                                                                                                              • Nisha Paudel
                                                                                                                                                Nisha Paudel  14 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                I had promised to not to eat junk food packed in plastic (chips biscuits noodles etc) which is better for my health and environment ..

                                                                                                                                                • Lighting minecrafter
                                                                                                                                                  Lighting minecrafter  14 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                  help clean the world it is not uranos

                                                                                                                                                  • Lighting minecrafter
                                                                                                                                                    Lighting minecrafter  14 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                    no offense to any body but humans are stupid, we won't start to fixing things till something big happens why didn't people start cleaning plastic ages ago

                                                                                                                                                    • Melanie
                                                                                                                                                      Melanie  15 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                      Unbelievable that Germany is the only country with „Pfand“ which means that you pay 25 cents extra every time you buy plastic bottles and you get it back when you return the bottle.

                                                                                                                                                      • Mr Fox
                                                                                                                                                        Mr Fox  12 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                        Germany is not the only one with recycling plastic bottles and cans in exchange for money. I think even USA have some kind of it. In Norway we call it "pant", and by the look of the word "pfand" it's probably the same word.

                                                                                                                                                        • RAJ KISHOR
                                                                                                                                                          RAJ KISHOR  15 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                          Always keep uploading videos packed with knowledge

                                                                                                                                                          • Woogoo336
                                                                                                                                                            Woogoo336  16 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                            Isn't it possible that an organism that consumes and decomposes plastic could either be created once technology advances to that point, or even come about naturally? Would be interesting to examine the consequences of that. It might start eliminating plastics in the environment faster than it gets dumped in. Hopefully it wouldn't be harmful on its own because that organism would have food literally anywhere. Though it would have a hard impact on objects intended to stay in the environment, outdoor appliances and utility. Plastic pipes and components in electrical systems would be very vulnerable. We might have to decide between plastics durability in unsanitary/low maintenance areas or keep it from killing. I'm not a biologist so I don't know, but nature might decide for us.

                                                                                                                                                            • LydiaTheAmazing13
                                                                                                                                                              LydiaTheAmazing13  16 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                              Why do you need to wrap bananas when you dont even eat the skin anyway

                                                                                                                                                              • Canadian Guy 16
                                                                                                                                                                Canadian Guy 16  16 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                                Hemp plastics could replace all plastic materials and is also biodegradable, easy to grow massive crops, and since hemp is high in nitrogen it enriches the soil around the crops

                                                                                                                                                                • Keira Smells Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                  Keira Smells Pizza  16 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                                  good thing i have a lot of bags

                                                                                                                                                                  • Bouchaib Bouchaib
                                                                                                                                                                    Bouchaib Bouchaib  17 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                                    Banana plastic 🍔 plastic human plastic ♥ plastic serveux women plastic is big plastic planet

                                                                                                                                                                    • Ka So
                                                                                                                                                                      Ka So  17 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                                      what happens when he touches himself?

                                                                                                                                                                      • Antoniya 18
                                                                                                                                                                        Antoniya 18  18 giorni fa

                                                                                                                                                                        I hope that after 100 years we will be able to send the plastic into space but not near our planet there is enough room in the Ort Cloud for him in the next billion years. ✔🌍