Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

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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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LEGASAGU - преди 7 дни
Hi Kurzgesagt! I wanna ask you something. I know that your videos have subtitles in a lot of idioms; in spanish too (obviously). But I see very few people who speak Spanish, so I think "If your BGzone channel translate from German to English, why not do the same. So, the thing that I wanna ask to you is that you give me permission to do it. (Sorry if a write something wrong, my English is not the best)
Gamer X
Gamer X - преди 10 дни
@ender_slayer3 We need more people just like you to help fix the world.
Gamer X
Gamer X - преди 10 дни
I want to address something and that is would we have to slow down in our industrializing faze we are going through? We would need to stop the flow of how fast we are producing and which would mean companies such as Apple(phone company) or any type of company involving the usage of plastic in their products. Would need to make their products almost scarce to demand. Just like running, the more distance you run, the more water and eventually food you would need. Quick question is most of our plastic for entertainment or for the consumer to have fun with product. Are car accessories, newer phones, video game items, and other objects that only serve to be used for a specific time, necessary? As a future engineer I'll do my best to stop the flow and present a new material that was thoroughly tested to be safe for the environment. This is my goal. Hope other people would like to help. \(^_^)/
rafikul islam
rafikul islam - преди 12 дни
can i get this video written copy ?
23Hector Lopez-Alcant
23Hector Lopez-Alcant - преди месец
can i use this video for my school project thanks would really appreciate it
That Muffinz🍪
That Muffinz🍪 - преди 24 минути
Re use ur plastic bags!!!
Jennifer Crawford
Jennifer Crawford - преди 39 минути
We are all bastards
Hugo Habashian Johansson
Hugo Habashian Johansson - преди 11 часа
I have solution, nuke china,india,Indonesia and algeria, two birds with one stone, the population decreases and the plastics pollution decreases
Bread - преди 16 часа
Bruh the government got nothing on my level, all i do is just go to the beach and get that sweet plastic and make some real *STONKS*
Shawn Barrett
Shawn Barrett - преди ден
OMG this is so bad!
Joydeep Pal
Joydeep Pal - преди ден
Best video I have ever seen
Hudson Pupper
Hudson Pupper - преди ден
I haven't even finished the video but.. honestly.. I think everyone needs to see this to be aware of what is happening to our lives and the earth..
Haziq Aiman
Haziq Aiman - преди 2 дни
FuzzyAppleBong - преди 2 дни
What if there was a re-using facility paired up with our recycling facilities that we send not bent up plastic materials like containers from flame broiler to be washed and re-used or sold?
ghetso girl
ghetso girl - преди 2 дни
I went to the 1974 Worlds Fair in Spokane, Washington. The theme was trash and the mass consumerism of America. That was 45 years ago. I has just got worse. Oh, well. It will be someone elses problem after i die.
GZDude13 - преди 2 дни
MaybePotatoes - преди 2 дни
The best way to reduce plastic use is to lower the population. We must make abortion, adoption, contraception, and sterilization free and encouraged.
dc537969 - преди 2 дни
so scary...
Averdeve βαn
Averdeve βαn - преди 2 дни
So plastic is slowly killing us, but also somehow helping us?
Averdeve βαn
Averdeve βαn - преди 22 часа
@John DC oh ok
John DC
John DC - преди ден
It's helping us in the short-term, killing us in the long-term.
E7 iELI7EX - преди 2 дни
Dye - преди 3 дни
I still don't understand something... Why is so much plastic in the ocean? Who tf throws plastic in the ocean? They are like some retarded disney villain...
Mike Corral
Mike Corral - преди 3 дни
Why don’t we just adapt to eating plastic
YaNoAwantoMas - преди 3 дни
So Asia is to blame... We know indians are dirty people... They poop in sidewalks and then use streetwater to "clean" themselves....
John DC
John DC - преди ден
All the fucking global powers are to blame.
Taco Master
Taco Master - преди 3 дни
2:41 i want to find whoever threw away that perfectly good Game Boy and strangle them
Thermal Paste
Thermal Paste - преди 3 дни
"finding way to our bodies" huh ever heard of the kardashians
Chaitach S
Chaitach S - преди 4 дни
Thanos was right
Cecilia Del Rosario
Cecilia Del Rosario - преди 4 дни
humans:meat is da best!
microplastics:im gonna end dis mans whole career
belikeike - преди 4 дни
are we going to fix the problem, or will humanity simply kill it'self...
Norton Gartino
Norton Gartino - преди 5 дни
InfindecimalSlice - преди 5 дни
Poor midas :(
MrSystemoutprintln - преди 5 дни
10 rivers only? wow, why not collect the plastic before it reaches to ocean then?
Taco Cat
Taco Cat - преди 5 дни
Oh Yeah Yeah
Oh Yeah Yeah - преди 5 дни
China and India is fucking up our world, polluting our world and also overpopulating by having 5-6 kids each, are they all so fucking stupid?
Oh Yeah Yeah
Oh Yeah Yeah - преди 5 дни
literally theirs a bin over there, put your rubbish in the bin, stop ruining this world. I have never littered on purpose and will always clean up after others, just people put ur rubbish in the bin
ברוך הובר
ברוך הובר - преди 5 дни
F-CK it, let's splice ourselves to digest plastic, and resist nuclear radiation
ברוך הובר
ברוך הובר - преди 5 дни
and make plastic eating fish and plankton
le Derpium
le Derpium - преди 5 дни
The solution to this problem isn't just recycling, alot of the stuff that you throw in the recycling bin ends up in a landfill for "later use."
Rebel Riot
Rebel Riot - преди 6 дни
Gotta say, that last line was extremely chilling
FiN - преди 6 дни
can we make edible plastic? plastic that breaks down into nutrients but only as a reaction to stomach acid or something like that
FiN - преди 6 дни
6:26 are you sure? i mean it sounds like a 1:1 comparison so while using 1 cotton bag 7000 times you use 7000 plastic bags... i cant believe thats better for the enviorment. also cotton will just degrade if you throw it away
Florin P
Florin P - преди 6 дни
education by force to savages ho trow away plastic in the oceans
Mini Fag
Mini Fag - преди 6 дни
The plastic era
Dylan DaKing
Dylan DaKing - преди 6 дни
2019: Blue Planet
3019: Plastic Wateland
DK Derpie King
DK Derpie King - преди 6 дни
It now feels like I’m gonna get cancer
Fish - преди 6 дни
樫野崎灯台 - преди 6 дни
fuck you chine india
PugCraftPlays - преди 6 дни
we have to go back to non-single use glass
Osric Dienda
Osric Dienda - преди 6 дни
So if we all wash our hands in river Pactolus, like Mitas, we will get rid of the plastic touch.
Daniel Leon
Daniel Leon - преди 6 дни
Wait but the reusable bag wouldn’t create micro plastics or ocean life pollution, doesn’t that alone outweigh the energy necessary to produce them? If that’s a matter of energy then the problem is actually bad habits not energy
Rokas rokkas
Rokas rokkas - преди 7 дни
we created plastics, we made world dirty, we need to clean the earth...or...stop pollution.
Eternity - преди 7 дни
Plastic Surgery in a plastic world
With extra Plastic Personalities
game nation
game nation - преди 7 дни
When you realize now that video creator is far advance thinker . that's video come true
hyou zan ren
hyou zan ren - преди 7 дни
"Plastics is cheap" is a scam! It's being pushed by the notorious Oil companies..... And we all know what is plastics main gradients... a damn Oil!
Liam Roberts
Liam Roberts - преди 7 дни
Well... cool!
aullikanr - преди 7 дни
Dont know about you but every day I always think about how i wont be able to do so many fucking things because of ignorant idiots. Climate change, nuclear war, plastic pollution and SO MUCH FUCKING MORE.
-A 13 year old Australian
Shadow Warrior
Shadow Warrior - преди 7 дни
Pakistan’s prime minister banned all use of plastic bags in 2019.
Dustin Mock
Dustin Mock - преди 6 дни
Smart move I suppose if you think plastic bags are a bigger danger than deforestation and increased carbon footprint.
YamatoFukkatsu - преди 8 дни
Who throws out a Game Boy? Honestly, fucking savages!

Oh, and OF COURSE China would be a major player in all of this.
publius maximus
publius maximus - преди 8 дни
I hate it when I go recycle I take as many plastics as i can like bottles for soap and different types of plastics and they just pull them out and throw them away recycling centers should be recycling every plastic they can not only 2 types of plastics
Sol Ution Finder
Sol Ution Finder - преди 8 дни
Ok what? Making à cotton bag is more poluting then à plastic one? Yet it takes à 100 years for it To degrade, someone defenetly got paid to twist that study to make plastic sound good! This video is warped in a very ugly way that has me wondering if the people who made it are simply stupid or are infactinfitrated agents working for the petroleum companies!
Yes living without plastics at all would be near impossible! But we could easily reduce plastic consumption by 80%!
Only use reusable bottles and using glass is even better if we simply ship the liquids in tanker trucks and bottle them in proximity to where they are sold! Forcing a standard bottle shape and size, would mean bottles would be interchangeable and shipping them for long distances would unnecessary vastly reducing transport and resulting pollution! This would also improve the economy all over the world creating jobs...
Next: making a simple rule that all products have to be repairable and standardized , means that the over all waste will be vastly reduced!
True the big companies like Apple, Microsoft... will be against this! But firstly they are making more then enough money and their methods of monopolizing the production and repair of their products is itself llegal! Not to mention they way that products are designed to fail in a given time period, this is criminal behaviour! Not to mention claiming right to product repaired and maintenance is classed as mafia behaviour and means they are liable for legal action as the products they are selling are being treated likerented products as dispite the fact that you bought it, you don't have the right to do what you want with it! This is eligal despite the fact that they have managed to convince the government Anand the people of the contrary and it must stop!
For food containers, by using standardized reusable, personal containers, with bulk containers carrying the product as far as the cities or even the shops! Yes, it becomes easier to replace the product with fakes, but this means we can create jobs as food transport security.....
There are many simple and fast solutions, but we first need to take the power back from the super multinationals and all the greedy dogs in mangers who want more money and power then they will ever need and put the futur of the planet and our descendents first!
Of course the first thing we have to remove is this suicidal idea of the stock market and eternal growth of the economy, it is impossible and down right stupid! Think about it in simple terms. By the rule we have set for economy and all businesses if it was a tree, this is how it would go;
1*We throw the seed on the ground, and only water it and put it in good soil if it decides to grow on its own!
2*When it does start to grow, we keep it in the shade of the other older trees and only allow it to get any water the other trees allow to trickle between their roots!
3*if the trees starts barring fruit and shows distinct signs of growth we allow and even encourage the older , bigger trees to steal its sunlight and nutrients and make it near impossible for it's fruit to be picked and consumed.
4* if the tree servived the first 3 steps and flourishes, we dig it up and place it in the best spot we can find while pouring as much water and sun onto it as possible, all while tearing its fruit off its branches the moment they are about ripe!
5* we give it all it wants and needs and more , as long as it keeps increasing the size and quantity of its fruit.
6*as soon as the tree has a bad harvest or shows any sign of illness everyone runs in and rips the remaining fruit of the tree ditroying the branches and roots and refuse to give it anymore sun or water.
7* if the tree does not manage by some miracle, manage to servive step 6, we set fire to it and rip it apart , selling its wood as fire wood instead of making it into furniture or finding a good use for it!
# If we did this with our fruit barring trees and other harvests , we would soon run out of fruit and trees and end up starving to death!
Or are you all just content being the beaten cow who gives, constant but low quality milk, while dreaming of green pastures and wild planes BUT Truly just waiting to die and become tomorrow's hamburger?
Gavinator - преди 8 дни
Unless some other alternative is cheaper, and easier to switch to -- than to continue using plastic, it likely won't happen until it's too late.
L M - преди 8 дни
Plastic is the greatest human invention. It will also be our downfall
Green nitricoxide
Green nitricoxide - преди 8 дни
Just before watching this video, there was an ad by INVISTA Nylon intermediates. Ironic.
Autumn Kat
Autumn Kat - преди 8 дни
A final straw ad came before this video lmao
Huang Jeff
Huang Jeff - преди 8 дни
Prim_Manga - преди 8 дни
They stopped selling plastic plates where I live, that's a start :)