Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

  • 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  4 weeks back

      @Rayapu Reddy Penta Reddy SLKGFSKNGNKF

    • T O
      T O  4 weeks back

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

    • T O
      T O  4 weeks back

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

  • Рон Браун
    Рон Браун  27 less than a minute back


    • Split Haven
      Split Haven  53 minutes back

      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?

      • Jameson Audette
        Jameson Audette  1 hours back

        6.9 km, I see.

        • pandas are cool
          pandas are cool  6 hours back

          Plastic is killing Earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Kurnaz
            Kurnaz  6 hours back

            Abi yapma, atma izmaritini denize, geri alamazsın :d

            • Kazooples
              Kazooples  6 hours back

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

              • Demon_Roz
                Demon_Roz  7 hours back


                • Xaekai
                  Xaekai  1 days back

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

                  • WAQUAR AHSAB
                    WAQUAR AHSAB  1 days back

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

                    • Michael Ward
                      Michael Ward  2 days back

                      Plastic is our friend!

                      • Riot4Peace
                        Riot4Peace  2 days back

                        Goddamn fucking idiots.

                        • Arek Zaborowski
                          Arek Zaborowski  2 days back

                          Oh boy im so ready to overthrow plastic

                          • Nimish Lonikar
                            Nimish Lonikar  3 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  5 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  6 days back

                                          The oceans are full of

                                          • Allen Liu
                                            Allen Liu  7 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  1 weeks 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