Plastic Pollution: How Humans Are Causing It And Solutions!

The plastic pollution in our world is growing
every year, and the world is suffering as a world. So let us discover how humans caused this
pollution, and how it can be fixed. 8. Cause: The On The Go Life Style
While it’s true that humanity has always had an effect on the planet, it’s only within
the last 110 years or so that things started to get out of hand like they are now. After all, Plastic, or at the very least the
first version of plastic that was created, was made in 1907 in New York State by a Belgium
immigrant. Since its creation, plastic has become a near
vital part of our lives. And that’s part of the problem. Because as humanity, especially in countries
that are advanced and have lots of people, has gotten more mobile, and more “on the go”,
they need something that will help them stay on the go without weighing them down. Literally. And when it comes to the many forms of plastic,
most of it is pretty lightweight. That’s why plastic water bottles are so popular,
and plastic bags that have snacks or can carry groceries and other things. Plastic is the ultimate “on the go” material,
and so we use it a lot in our lives, and as we do, we tend to just dump it wherever it’s
convenient for us. We’ll put it in trash cans, or sometimes even
just leave it where we’re done with it. Causing pollution that can cause a lot of
harm to the environment. 7. Solution: Recycle
It may sound like a cliche, but when it comes to plastics, you REALLY need to recycle them. Especially because of one of the biggest problems
with plastic. It doesn’t biodegrade. You see, while Plastic is a great substance
in terms of making things, and it’s honestly really cheap to make, it doesn’t break down
naturally in the world like something like wood or even metal would do over time via
corrosion and rust. Plastic will last for a very long time. So when you see landfills and there’s a bunch
of plastic in them, if you came back in a decade to that same spot, those plastics would
still be there because they can’t break down naturally on their own. Or at the very least, not in a good amount
of time. And this is where recycling comes in, because
while it’s hard to break down plastic into its basic elements, it can be recycled and
used in other products, or even be sterilized and reused in other ways to help people out. Not to mention, people have taken the issue
of non-biodegradable plastic and turned it into a cause. Including trying to find ways to make the
plastic break down easier without releasing toxins into the environment. It’s a slow-moving thing, but it’s a process. But in the meantime, we can stop the stem
of the spread of the plastic pollution by just being more cautious and putting the garbage
in a recycling bin or gathering up a bunch of plastic that you use and take it to recycling
centers. 6. Cause: Overuse
When it comes to humanity, there are many flaws that tend to build up over time. And in regards to plastic, that would be the
flaw of overuse. As noted, plastic is not only durable in most
cases, but it’s easy and cheap to make. And since many companies want to save money
in their construction process of the materials they sell above all else, that means that
they often rely on plastic parts instead of ones that can’t be harmful to the environment. So, if you multiply that across multiple companies,
products, countries, and the demand for their products via the people, you have a world
that is quite literally drowning in plastic products from the grandest of buildings to
the smallest of water bottles. Despite what businesses will tell you, there
is such thing as “too much of a good thing”, and while plastic is good, it has some serious
faults. Not unlike the use of fossil fuels. The difference between plastic and fossil
fuels though is that you can substitute using plastics for other things a lot easier. But most companies won’t even consider that
because of their profit margins. And due to this, we find our planet where
it is right now, with plastic everywhere, and people struggling to give it up because
it’s “so good” to use. 5. Solution: Get Creative
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and indeed, many inventions, including the
invention of plastic, were made out of necessity as well as creative inspiration. And now, it falls onto humanity to try and
fix this problem in a rather creative way. But what exactly does that entail? And can it really be that simple? Sadly, no, it’s very likely that the solution
to the plastic pollution problem won’t be simple at all. Because if it was, especially with the technology
that we have now, we would’ve thought of a solution to help get rid of all of this waste. However, that just means that we need to get
clever with what we do with our plastic so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill. Or at the very least, doesn’t end up there
right away. There are some charities out there that actually
ask for plastic bags that you get at the grocery store, and weave them together in a way that
allows for them to make clothes for homeless people out of it. Think about that, instead of being put in
a landfill where they are no use to anyone, they’re being used to make clothes for people. Isn’t that worth taking a little extra time
to fold up your plastic bags so that they can be used for a greater purpose? And as for water bottles, you can buy a 24-pack
or a 12-pack and then just keep the bottles and refill them with tap water so that you
can still have a water bottle, but not endlessly buy them like many people often do. Who is to say what the next innovation could
be when it comes to fixing the plastic solution. It’s very possible that we could get a new
invention that changes the game and makes plastic pollution a thing of the past, but
until that point, we need to work hard to do better and either recycle the plastics
we have, or, come up with ways to make them do more than they would in a landfill. Because if not us, then who? 4. Cause: Reckless Abandon
If we’re being completely honest here, one of the real reasons that we’re dealing with
plastic pollution is the fact that we as humans often don’t care about something unless it
directly impacts us. And when we look at certain plastic containers
and such and think “oh, this is useful!”, we’re also the ones who say, “Well, no need
for this anymore” when said plastics get rid of their “usefulness” and thus are thrown
away without a second thought. And that’s one of the biggest reasons why
Plastic Pollution is a thing, because we just casually toss away plastics without a thought
for what they do in the environment, or because we “forget” that we had them with us until
it’s too late. And when you multiply that by billions across
the world, you get things that no one would’ve thought possible before the invention of plastics. For example, in the Pacific Ocean, there is
literally an island made up of trash, specifically, lots of plastics. It’s known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”,
and the size of this garbage patch is 1.6 million square kilometers. Which for the record is twice the size of
the state of Texas. And 16 times BIGGER than it was previously
believed to be. This garbage patch is in the ocean, and it
gets bigger every year simply by people leaving their plastics and other trash near the waters
of beaches and other areas, or even dumping trash off of boats that they’re on and the
currents carry them to the patch itself. This garbage patch is a sign of just how bad
things are getting. Because if it keeps getting bigger, soon it’ll
be too big to contain, and the garbage and plastics will be thrown back onto our shores. I bet if it did, we’d start paying more attention
to it. But what’s even worse than this garbage patch
is that there are actually 4 more like it across the world. Not as big, but they’re still accumulations
of our reckless abandon when it comes to garbage. And until we clean them up, we will be hurting
our world in many ways, including ways we may not understand until it’s too late. Which is why solutions both big and small
must be made so that things like this aren’t allowed to grow. 3. Solution: Clean-Up Units
Another cliche on the surface, but again, it’s often the simplest of solutions that
allow us to get the best results. If a place is filthy, it needs to be cleaned
up. And so if we’re not going to do it, who will? It doesn’t have to be hundreds of people. It can just be a group of you who believe
in helping out and making the world a better place one clean-up at a time. Imagine if schools did this starting at the
grade school level. Taking kids to the park, and getting the kids
to collect trash and plastics and gathering everything that isn’t supposed to be there. Imagine instilling the belief that they need
to keep the environment clean at a young age. Think about what that could accomplish as
they grow older. But that doesn’t mean the adults shouldn’t
get involved of course, it’s just as easy for people to gather their friends who believe
in getting the area they live in clean and picking up plastics and trash and putting
them in bags to be recycled later on. You could even try and sell it as a “exercise
club” of sorts so that people will get out more and do work on their bodies while they
work to keep the planet clean. There’s many ways to go about it, and the
result is the same, the trash and plastics are going into places where they can do good
instead of being part of things like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Every little bit helps here, and that’s the
truth of the matter. 2. Cause: We Don’t Understand The Dangers
As I noted before, one thing that humanity honestly does a lot is have a desire to help
themselves, and only care about certain things when it starts to affect them. And to be fair, on the surface, it honestly
doesn’t look like plastic pollution is hurting mankind. Because technically it isn’t in a “big picture”
sort of way. However, when you look at the “big picture”
of the planet, you’re going to see that plastic pollution has a BIG impact on the environment
in both big and small ways. First and foremost, plastic is pretty much
a poison to all animal species. If the plastic is small enough, and an animal
doesn’t know what exactly it is, they’ll try and eat it. When they do, they’ll die either via poisoning,
or choking on the plastic because they aren’t able to have it breakdown in their systems
like regular food wood. This is a big problem in the oceans of the
world. Plastic gets dumped into the waters and then
sinks at times, causing fish or other sea creatures to eat them, get tangled up in them,
or something else. Either way, it ends with their death. The plastic that holds six-packs of drinks
for example can wrap around the mouths and necks of dolphins, turtles, and more and choke
them to death because the creatures can’t get it off. As for the environmental issues that it can
cause, if we try and burn the plastics, we’re actually releasing a variety of toxins into
the air which can cause all sorts of problems for the atmosphere. Including actually helping burn up the oxygen
we have on the planet. That’s not a good thing. And when plastics actually biodegrade (after
a very long time) into the Earth, they actually poison the ground itself. So no matter what way it happens, whether
they’re lot to rot or they actually go back to the Earth, we’re destroying the planet
every time we throw plastics away. 1. Solution: Make A Conscious Effort To Do Better
If you’ve made it to the end of this video, I hope that you understand just how serious
this particular situation is. This isn’t just about saving the planet, it’s
about saving the planet for future generations so that they literally don’t have to try and
clean up our mess. Now, barring some amazing invention that wipes
out the plastic pollution in a single shot, this isn’t going to be a quick fix. Just the opposite, this will be a long and
laborious process. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It just means that every person on the planet
has to try and do their part to make the world cleaner by stopping the spread of plastic
pollution. So be more mindful when you decide to throw
away plastics instead of recycling them. Ask around to see if anyone would be up for
using your plastics for long-term things and projects. And if you see someone throwing something
on the ground or leaving something behind, do the right thing and clean up after them. You won’t get a thank you, but you’ll know
you did something good. This world needs to be cleaned up, literally,
so let’s get to work. Thanks for watching everyone! Did this list help you get a better understanding
of our planet, and how plastics and the pollution they cause is hurting it? Do you think we’ll be able to clean up the
world and rid ourselves of the scourge of plastics killing things? Or do you think we’re doomed to repeat the
cycle? Do you have ideas on how you can keep the
planet clean? Let us know in the comment below, be sure
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