3 Things You Should Know About Plastic Pollution

Sam here from Story of Stuff Project Here’s three things you should know about plastic pollution: Lately, plastic has been getting a lot of attention. ‘No more single-use plastic straws’ ‘Plastic straws’ ‘Plastic bags’ ‘Plastic’ ‘Plastic’ If you’re like me you’ve seen loads of animal videos on social media Like that poor sea turtle with a straw stuck in its face? ‘And because this kind of plastic never dissolves…’ Oops, not that turtle. A lot of people worry about plastic’s impact on sea creatures as they should but plastic is a problem for more than just the oceans Number one: plastic pollutes at every stage of its life When people think of plastic pollution they tend to think of this but it can also look like this See, all the plastic in the ocean it originally started out as oil and gas From extraction to production plastic is a problem way before it enters our ocean The fossil fuel industry is producing plastic in marginalized communities like the small town of Manchester near Houston in Texas Here, ninety percent of the residents live just a mile away from the plastics factory And get this: the cancer risk in that community is twenty-two percent higher than the rest of the Houston area So while our turtle friends are in danger Let’s keep in mind how plastic hurts people too Number two: We make way too much plastic With all that we know about plastic’s impacts you’d think we’d be making less plastic Instead, the plastic industry has a plot to increase production by forty percent over the next decade alone That’s a lot more to-go cups straws and plastic packaging we don’t need And don’t even get me started on these new Starbucks sippy cups Number three: recycling alone won’t cut it. Of all the plastic ever made just nine percent has been recycled So where did the other ninety one percent go? It either ended up in our environment in our landfills burnt in an incinerator or it got shipped off to counties like China to deal with Here’s the thing: China recently stopped accepting the world’s trash and other countries are now following suit So what’s the solution? Maybe we need to stop searching for countries to take our plastic and just make less in the first place So next time you’re in a store And you see something like this or this Ask them what they’re doing to break free from plastic The turtles and loads of other creatures will thank you Cheers ‘Liked what you saw? Then give it up for the turtles!’ So who’s your favorite Ninja turtle? Let us know in the comments below Thanks for watching Please like this video and subscribe

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  • I use plastic, I don't live a zero waste lifestyle BUT I changed my shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, straws, bags from plastic to bamboo/metalic/cotton ones. I also buy fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts with my own cotton bags from local places. These small steps help a lot, companies have to know that consumers don't want to support plastic pollution anymore, so they will change their habits.

  • I tried to stop using transparent plastic bags to put my vegetables at the grocery store, but the cashier will not take the weight of my bags off the total weight, because it takes too much time for him… So it makes process extremely cumbersome at checkout…

  • I am actually try to control my plastic usage..but there is lack of alternative..I can't..
    If any onesuggest pls…
    How i will buy vegetable and grocery products???
    Every day i can't bring jute bags..
    Also my room ,number of plastic bags pile up….
    Pls suggest…i want protect our environment….

  • I loathe plastic!

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  • I'm not a big Ninja turtle fan, but I do love toys and though it was cute they were in the video. Shocked that this video, has so few views compared to a LOL Surprise doll unboxing for example. Could Story of Stuff do a video about the impact of the toy industry, collect them all mentality, and the unboxing craze?

  • Totally relevant. Let's stand up and make some noise people!

  • I wish plastic fibers such as polyester was also included in in these. Most consumers are not aware that fashion and home goods are a huge part of the plastic problem. Not only is polyester rarely recycled but blended materials are increasing and in the small percentage of products that are recycled, as with all plastics, you still will have a product that will essentially never break down. A second life is actually rare but when it does happen to create another product you still have a product that won’t break down in landfills. There have also been several studies that found chemicals from synthetic clothing in the urine of participants so there is some awareness using plastic as clothes is also a health concern.

  • 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?

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