Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic

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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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    • satyajit/eng Sautya

      satyajit/eng Sautya

      18 dagen geleden

      Getting money from bill gates Foundation and giving advice us, don't you think we are stupid 🙄 . You are sold to fake corrupted bill gate's trap.

    • Olivia plays this

      Olivia plays this

      Maand geleden

      Do a face review

    • Kenrick Emaunel

      Kenrick Emaunel

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      Miss super video

    • Sean Chasse

      Sean Chasse

      2 maanden geleden

      @Koral Leroux LOL

    • Atik Munadi

      Atik Munadi

      3 maanden geleden

      @someone unimportant lllllllllllllll

  2. jananiswari thangesvaran

    jananiswari thangesvaran

    20 uur geleden

    After I watch this, I started to recycle

  3. codeman7055


    2 dagen geleden

    I saw a version of King Midas where he wore metal gloves, honestly that was probably the smartest version of King Midas where he found a way to stop turning things into gold but still had the ability to do so.

  4. Kayla Vann

    Kayla Vann

    3 dagen geleden

    5:56 furby

  5. Tilak Raj

    Tilak Raj

    4 dagen geleden

    This was a really good video

  6. Tamtemtom


    4 dagen geleden

    Thank you



    5 dagen geleden

    Don’t think that you aren’t one of them

  8. Rod Cruz

    Rod Cruz

    6 dagen geleden

    You're content is great!

  9. FrenchFries


    6 dagen geleden

    I really liked the metaphor at the beginning 💚

  10. No NAME

    No NAME

    6 dagen geleden

    So i have a question to ask what kind of plastic is a fake friend?

  11. Red


    8 dagen geleden

    bakelite is mechanical parts, but it also makes nice furniture :^]



    10 dagen geleden

    FINDING!? we gave it a freaking map!!!

  13. Dragon Slayer

    Dragon Slayer

    10 dagen geleden

    Is nobody gonna talk about 5:55? 👀

  14. José Valdez osuna

    José Valdez osuna

    11 dagen geleden


  15. K P

    K P

    11 dagen geleden

    0:58 captions: [catchy intro music] [Insert Obama medal meme]

  16. Raihan Mahmud Chowdhury

    Raihan Mahmud Chowdhury

    11 dagen geleden

    i need this vedio"s scripts?

  17. • Jasa •

    • Jasa •

    12 dagen geleden

    Giant pink furbee will concour our world💕



    12 dagen geleden

    After i watched this i started to recycle

  19. Jargalan Bayasgalan

    Jargalan Bayasgalan

    12 dagen geleden

    this comment section is war- i just wanna do my science hw research in piece T^T

  20. Ur local gamer

    Ur local gamer

    13 dagen geleden

    humans before plastic: use plastic to save paper cuz it cuts down trees! Humans now"Use paper to stop plastic! Humans in in the future: Use holograms.

  21. chow033


    14 dagen geleden

    Plastic is the worst invention in human history. This product killing our planet and we will extinct because of plastic very soon. Please stop use it.

    • Comrade Darwin

      Comrade Darwin

      Dag geleden

      what? A much easier solution would be to expand recycling infrastructure, most plastics can be recycled there just aren't enough plants to do so.

  22. Allysandra Ilagan

    Allysandra Ilagan

    16 dagen geleden

    Hi guys! if u care for the environment, please use Ecosia as your search engine. For every 45 searches u make, a tree will be planted somewhere. If you think this is fake, u can always check out their NLcameras channel. Stay safe guys :) bai bai

  23. Blitz6804


    17 dagen geleden

    6:25 And it's even worse when you are the type of person who will reuse their single-use plastic bag 5-6 times before discarding it.

  24. James O'brien

    James O'brien

    18 dagen geleden

    Whats a substitute for all this plastic then, you cant just be going around saying 'hey dont use plastic cause its bad' like you said if you buy reusable cotton bags its has to be used over 1 thousand times to equal one bag. You need to offer solutions rather they saying dont use it because no one knows what to use then if you ban plastic.

  25. Francis ralph Baldo

    Francis ralph Baldo

    19 dagen geleden

    This might be a world war PLASTIC (BAD TIME) but to fight back use metal don’t use plastic

  26. Bpsust04 SB

    Bpsust04 SB

    19 dagen geleden

    great video

  27. Noha Adawy

    Noha Adawy

    21 dag geleden

    Go to hell looser

  28. Vijay Baxter

    Vijay Baxter

    22 dagen geleden

    Why on earth did you not include a comment on Hemp Plastics ? FFS? Disappointed with this vid

  29. Pankaj Malhotra

    Pankaj Malhotra

    22 dagen geleden


  30. MineTerra Gaming

    MineTerra Gaming

    22 dagen geleden

    will you guys make a video on the plastic-eating bacteria?

  31. Matthew Blair

    Matthew Blair

    24 dagen geleden

    The person who invented plastic well I HATE THEM

  32. Focus On The Plot

    Focus On The Plot

    24 dagen geleden

    Can't you just burn plastic as fuel? It has already been done with gasification. I guess that wouldn't be doing the atmosphere any favors but that's better than keeping it solid.

  33. EpicalGaming


    25 dagen geleden

    I like how if you turn on the captions at the start of the intro it says "catchy into plays"

  34. The Telescope

    The Telescope

    25 dagen geleden

    wow that was really cool

  35. Reem Gg

    Reem Gg

    25 dagen geleden

    The rest of the story of King Midas: "Then, the gods had pity on him, so they told him to wash his hands in a particular river/stream. (Sorry, i forgot it's name.) Then, when he did, the gold was washed away from his hands, then everything he had touched, that did turn to gold, turned back to normal. Then, at a party, the king insulted Apollo, which angered Apollo. He then turned Midas' ears into Ass' ears."

  36. matthew benard

    matthew benard

    25 dagen geleden

    America is still the biggest producer of waste, human and otherwise.

  37. lucero januzys

    lucero januzys

    25 dagen geleden

    whose name can I use to cite this?

  38. J Barnell

    J Barnell

    26 dagen geleden

    I use one of those hard plastic straws, wash and use it literally everyday, for the past year, along with about 4 others. as for reusable bags, I own three, but haven't been using them due to covid sooo

  39. shubham15feb


    27 dagen geleden

    Who here startled at 7:41 seeing so many colours and contrasts

  40. gucci mexican

    gucci mexican

    28 dagen geleden

    Am I the only one who feels bad for the king

  41. Bladesinger


    28 dagen geleden

    I'm scared now

  42. Fitriani Chua

    Fitriani Chua

    28 dagen geleden

    this is very bad

  43. Sebastian Villafuerte

    Sebastian Villafuerte

    Maand geleden


  44. Meghna the cookie

    Meghna the cookie

    Maand geleden

    hey don't animals :(

  45. Fitriani Chua

    Fitriani Chua

    Maand geleden

    did i see a blob fish

  46. Kebab Guy

    Kebab Guy

    Maand geleden

    A song I made : plastic in ur hair plastic in the air waiting to go in a bear, sea turtle straws and roses straws up our noses witch composes years away and not that stray hey that you make outa grass but this is pg like Luigi.

  47. Scorch, Your Local Virgo

    Scorch, Your Local Virgo

    Maand geleden

    Random fact: every week you consume a credit card amount of plastic

  48. dragon skin

    dragon skin

    Maand geleden

    Bruh I wish I could just watch this stuff for school

  49. Weeeyah _

    Weeeyah _

    Maand geleden

    Really helpful to my school presentation! Thanks!

  50. toby wong

    toby wong

    Maand geleden

    (catchy into music)

  51. Xhalph


    Maand geleden

    So, how bad is it, really, when single-use plastic ends up in a landfill? Do microplastics get into the groundwater? Do scavengers end up eating plastic and dying? I ask because I live in a city about 800 kilometers from the coast. I don't think much of our plastic trash is making its way to the ocean. I'm concerned that people will cut down on plastic use and feel like they've "done enough" for the environment.

  52. Eduardo Ayala

    Eduardo Ayala

    Maand geleden

    I really think plastic is ok. Plastic helps keeping stuff clean. But there's a clear line of when it's just too much. I was wondering if the breakdown time of synthethic polymer could be shortened, while reducing plastic. Also not just plastic, but most forms of polution.... if returned to nature in it's simplest form, nature should know what to do from there.

  53. Rose Egbo

    Rose Egbo

    Maand geleden

    guys install ocean hero to clean the ocean of plastic. but i use seva where it is the same thing but gives children food to the ones that don't have any.

  54. Olivia plays this

    Olivia plays this

    Maand geleden

    Do a face review

  55. LimHX Drawings

    LimHX Drawings

    Maand geleden

    who the hell wraps bananas in plastic

  56. Popyax Playz

    Popyax Playz

    Maand geleden

    0:28 he touched himself, why didn't he turn to gold??

  57. dude bro

    dude bro

    Maand geleden

    bpa more like

  58. Scarlet Parra

    Scarlet Parra

    Maand geleden

    Coronavirus 👏🏻 rubs hands* I’m going to end the world Plastic:🚬🥤 i’m about to end this man’s whole career

  59. 林潇


    Maand geleden

    Still very impressive

  60. 林潇


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    Imagine the plastic was gold and gold was as rare as plastic

  61. Adt_10 Terrarian

    Adt_10 Terrarian

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    Mariya Takeuchi would be proud.

  62. Ushangsu Paul

    Ushangsu Paul

    Maand geleden

    "pressure politicians" yeah we would if people were united enough to do good for others Here in India when the government passes on a new system or law or regulation the governments supporters do it while those who dont support start rallies and the opposing goverments dont support its all corrupt... but i feel the best way to solve it is that the new generation is exposed to all this and wants better if we dont get the wrong influence i am sure that we can change maybe in your next video you could do somethinng based on Unity and Following the right ideas, giving proper education, not making religion the most important thing. (its just a suggestion) and dont forget to tag the leaders of countries in Twitter maybe

  63. Valiant Brotato

    Valiant Brotato

    Maand geleden

    Wow, we're really hitting ourselves with the grey good scenario and don't even need nanomachines to do it!



    Maand geleden




    Maand geleden

    I have solved a way to not use plastic straws I've done this a lot when I was younger and that is to use wafer sticks you can eat em after drinking the drink🍴🍻

  66. Santosh Kumar999

    Santosh Kumar999

    Maand geleden


  67. Hannah


    Maand geleden

    Solution: stop having so many babies

  68. Chi-Han Ryan Hsieh

    Chi-Han Ryan Hsieh

    Maand geleden

    plastic is like coronavirus, everyone hates it but uses it or gets it anyway

  69. Philippines_ mapper19

    Philippines_ mapper19

    Maand geleden

    Bible in your video what the

  70. P L

    P L

    Maand geleden

    Maybe the cotton bag cost more to produce but it doesn't get swallowed by the whale mate

  71. Tyler Fu

    Tyler Fu

    Maand geleden

    What if there was a way to turn waste plastic into crude oil? I bet America would go to war for it.

    • GTA and Apple channel

      GTA and Apple channel

      Maand geleden

      Technically yes but practically no

  72. mariane jera Dela cruz

    mariane jera Dela cruz

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  73. Sally Hale

    Sally Hale

    Maand geleden

    Lol anyone else notice that the plastic creatures look like furbies?

  74. Sam Valladares

    Sam Valladares

    Maand geleden

    The fact that so many people take our planet for granted makes me so sad.

  75. Aayush Acharya

    Aayush Acharya

    Maand geleden

    *Only one man can save us: Judge Fudge*

  76. Keenan Rivera

    Keenan Rivera

    Maand geleden


  77. Nikki Fixx

    Nikki Fixx

    Maand geleden

    i am literally scared rn

  78. Vanesya bella

    Vanesya bella

    Maand geleden

    *indonesia has made a massive preoduce of plastic over the decades* I wonder why they are using plastic for...perhaps instant noodle?hMMmMMmM???

  79. gabriel Bongato

    gabriel Bongato

    Maand geleden

    Tanginang modules to napadpad pa naman ako dto

  80. Nhân Siêu

    Nhân Siêu

    Maand geleden

    6149865 2yago 20h12 t515102020

  81. Wubb


    Maand geleden

    Can we just talk about how the plastics look like Furbies? 4:22

  82. Andrei Martijn Miña

    Andrei Martijn Miña

    Maand geleden

    嗨,伙计们,对不起... I'm speaking Chinese

  83. Bảo Phùng

    Bảo Phùng

    Maand geleden

    Fortunately, this video has Vietnamese subtitle.

  84. Bảo Phùng

    Bảo Phùng

    Maand geleden

    I think i should reduce use plastic as much as i could.

  85. Poisnous Soldier

    Poisnous Soldier

    Maand geleden

    U keap making us scared lol but i like the scary

  86. Its Your Girl Hannah

    Its Your Girl Hannah

    Maand geleden

    I am here because of my moduels 😅

  87. Ayesha Basilio

    Ayesha Basilio

    Maand geleden


  88. Calvin


    Maand geleden

    What does it matter life is shit anyway

  89. Bruno Vásquez

    Bruno Vásquez

    Maand geleden

    is burning plastic worse than accumulating it in deposits?

  90. Summer Nugget

    Summer Nugget

    Maand geleden

    this makes u learn to stop making furbies

  91. johncaiwa


    Maand geleden

    Say no to dispoable plastic? Okay. Say no to ever stepping foot in a grocery store. And say no to eating any food.

  92. Gamer_Baby


    Maand geleden

    You can use hemp to make plastics

  93. Chlo Chlo

    Chlo Chlo

    Maand geleden

    If only we could invent a plastic magnet.

    • GTA and Apple channel

      GTA and Apple channel

      Maand geleden

      @Donald J Putin gravity

  94. Richard Liu

    Richard Liu

    Maand geleden

    I like how the captions for the intro say catchy intro misic



    Maand geleden

    Why didn't midas wear gloves.



      Maand geleden

      So what midas should have done is cut the gloves in every finger joint so that there would be a gap there and also cut slices in palm area to curcumflate some more movement there four now he has gold gloves and he can move his finger and he doenst have to turn everythin inta gold And while cutting midas should be very care full so that he doesn't touch the gloves before hand or he could tell some one his workers to cut it the way he wants for him as he is king



      Maand geleden

      @user_404 hmm about tha- 😂

    • user_404


      Maand geleden

      It would turn into gold too which would make it useless since you can’t bend your fingers.

  96. OrangeLeaf36


    Maand geleden

    Just make gloves then. gold gloves don't turn people into gold and that way, he can still live happily. (with flaws of course)

    • HoboGrifter


      Maand geleden

      The gloves would have gotten stuck in one staye

  97. Leviathan


    Maand geleden

    why dont you make reusable stuff from plastic. and any way plastic bottles are reuseable you can rinse them out and fill them with water and store them in your fridge. or you couls melt them down and make other things from it.

  98. Maxwell Vindman

    Maxwell Vindman

    Maand geleden

    Scp-610 plastic

  99. Villager #9

    Villager #9

    Maand geleden

    Wait, what if we gathered all the plastic and sent it into a black hole. We then stop producing so much and use paper, cardboard, metals instead??

    • Marcus Lopez-pierre

      Marcus Lopez-pierre

      Maand geleden

      We first need to travel to a black hole, which would take hundreds of thousands of years

  100. Mr. Mr

    Mr. Mr

    Maand geleden

    Let’s make a GMO that is always hungry for plastic or whatever