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  1. Debbie Henri
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    +RandomSmith A common sight where I live is the number of cattle feed buckets floating down the river to the sea. These are probably knocked or blown across fields into watercourses, although I have come across plastic farm equipment deliberately dumped at the side of this same river.
    The nearby local beach is festooned with plastic oil drums, and I suspect these come from fishing boats. Oftentimes, people flytip along this stretch of coast – and once I picked up a pretty decent washing basket, ironically enough!

  2. patrick hall
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Just wanted to point out that not all plastics are destined to defy decay. Some are actually destined to biodegrade. Not all plastics are made the same. I’m not trying to dispute your findings, just pointing out a flaw before someone tried to use it to discredit everything else you said.

  3. RandomSmith
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    One thing I don’t see in these programmes is how the plastic gets in to the water. Is it from ships, is it from people leaving things on the beach, is it from litter blowing about in the street? I’m not sure how a laundry basket would make it from land to ocean. They always say the simplest explanation is usually the right one. The laundry basket fell off a boat in rough weather?

  4. In Cibo per il Mondo
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    The solution isn’t to use less plastic or clean up the Oceans, the solution is STOP plastic production

  5. Grant Mitchell
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I love how resourceful the fish are though – using these large plastic sheets for cover in open ocean.

  6. Vardaan Singh Mann
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Thank u for the video

    I am trying my level best not to use plastic bags from stores and always refill and carry my own metal water bottle where ever I go . The soda bottles and cans were always a no for me .
    Putting all the garbage wisely either in bin or in the recycling bin is one thing we all should do. One time I saw in Japan some small towns And villages have categoried waste in as many as 30 types. That is way to smart but actually it is the need of the hour.We all need to start making choices from now or it will be late . If not us then who ? Be aware and prevent the mother Nature from our own created Poison.
    God bless and make it a great day guys

  7. Seriously Serious Things
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    recycling the plastic is very important instead of doing drama that I am using less plastic

    example: mold the plastic to bricks, chairs or any useful items from that lots of homeless people will get a home and this is the one example

  8. Eu Mesmo
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Sad news… The Pacific Ocean is dead! The radiation reaches the point of no recovery. no more sea life. Congratulations humans! We did it!
    * 3,5 billion years ago
    + December 2018.
    Cause of death… human stupid profit and nuclear power!

  9. Sam Ciesinski
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I love how in the middle of the plastic straw craze, McDonalds and other fast food companies changed from wax paper cups to single use plastic cups.

  10. Miyoung Cho
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Who ever throws plastic into the ocean on that boat has to brush his/her teeth with that tooth brush.

  11. Joshua O'Brien
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    How is the plastic toxic if it by design, doesn’t react with anything? That means it cannot be dissolved and/or absorbed into any organism thus it cannot chemically interfere with biological processes. I mean if it was as toxic as they are claiming then we wouldn’t use it because we would all be dying right now as we speak(and type away at plastic keyboards)Also wouldn’t these produce a source of protection for smaller organisms as it would be able to hide within the patches as is shown in the video? Saying something is bad and proving it is quite another. Not suggesting we should pollute or that this is a good thing but it doesn’t seem to be what its being made out to be and that makes it hard to solve the problem because its being presented in a way that is clearly flawed.

  12. James S
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I’m confused. We put garbage into the ocean like trees and boats and call them habitats. But for this patch its bad?? No i call it habitat.

  13. Michael Clark
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    When 80% of our food is wrapped in plastic it’s kind of hard to cut back, I’ll have to start unwrapping my food at the store I’m leaving the wrapper for them to deal with

  14. TheCmike
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I’ve been on the zero waste transition the last year or so and these are the key things I came across, hopefully they’re helpful.

    I carry a couple things on me at all times in my backpack. I have a small handmade zipper pouch with a bamboo fork, spoon, knife, chopsticks, straw & straw brush. Then I also carry a small 12 oz reusable cup, so when i go to a coffee shop, like starbucks, they give you a discount & only charge you the small size price.

    I’ve migrated most of my clothes over to more handmade cloths on etsy, rather than mass market stores. I aim for Hemp, Linen, & Cotton based material. (hemp underwear and socks are so breathable and so strong, they’re awesome)

    I something I really really want is made of plastic, I wait it out to feel if I really Need it first.

    The biggest thing is I now go to hipster expensive grocery stores. I walk by all the expensive plastic wrapped food, and go straight to the back where they sell everything I need in bulk. So I got reusable cotton bags with labels on them. If I do need to buy food in plastic, like berries for my breakfast, I double check the plastic, but I do know there’s a company trying to sell produce in small thin compostable cardboard boxes too.

    At work, on my desk I have a 1/2 gallon thermal jug full of water so I don’t need to get bottles or use single use small cups.

    I also stopped buying toilet paper in massive plastic bags, I buy the single rolls in compostable paper.

    I stopped using paper towels, and just use cotton towels (i know this is entering hippie territory) but it’s surprisingly easy to not need to spend money on, I just wash my towels. I have some for dishes & kitchen stuff, then I have some for the hardcore cleaning. I save a lot of money with this one.

    There’s a no plastic online delivery website that sells a bunch of helpful zero waste stuff for home, kitchen, on the go.
    packagefreeshop dot com, it’s really impressive.

    Lastly, I live in LA, and it’s a city built for cars, so it’s the biggest one I’m working on. Commuting more. I started with a basic bicycle. And Next summer I’m getting rid of my car (insurance, gas, car payments, registration, street parking, etc) and getting a fold-able electric bicycle. I’m getting cycling insurance ($100-$200 per year) and I’ll use ride sharing when ever I “need a car”

    I’m also looking for a better more portable food container to keep in my bag, so if i get food to go or left overs at a restaurant, I can hand them it and avoid the waste. It can feel like a lot of effort, but at the end of the day, I’m trying to do my best where I can at the weakest points.

  15. Xce BRK
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Build trillions of plastic cleaning drones that hover over the ocean and burn it… Idk use your imagination… Its almost 2019!

  16. 62shalaka
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Recent studies have found that 90% of the plastic in the oceans come from China and India. It would be a good idea to stop junk plastic at the known sources, as well as clean up what’s already out there.

  17. Bikram Mondal
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Mankind has ruined everything beautiful on this earth with utter arrogance. We need to be mindful first and then we should rebuild whatever we have destroyed. One such small step is to plant a tree!

  18. Robert Phoenix
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Soooo, when are genetic modification rules gonna be relaxed enough so scientists can design algae or bacteria that can breakdown plastics to their base elements to solve the garbage problem?

  19. mindlesstube
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I work in retail. the amount of useless products that are created all plastic seems such a wast… especially during holiday times like Halloween and Christmas, the amount of junk we get in seems such a wast of resources.

  20. Everybody Clap your hands
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    This is too confusing let’s just take it out of the water and not use plastic

  21. Dan Cenow
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    People will stop using straws to save fish, but not stop eating fish to save fish. :rolleyes:
    We kill 2-3 TRILLION sea animals every single year. If we killed humans at the same rate, we’d be extinct in less than TWO DAYS. If you disagree with animal cruelty, please stop eating animals and help save the planet in doing so. According to a recent Oxford study, adopting a plantbased (vegan) diet is the number one thing we can do to reduce our negative impact on the environment.

  22. KH
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Marketing idea for companies: How about instead of having individual soap bottles etc. in the shop, you have a 20 litre fill station. Sell a cool design multi-use bottle to the consumer and charge for refills.
    You don’t change the gas tank for your car every time you fill up right? Why can’t this be a thing for soaps, toothpaste, i.e. everything non-perishable.. or even food stuffs like spices etc.
    I just don’t get how everyone got on the “no-straws” hype with little affect when this could be a really big thing. Companies could spend a lot less in packaging and shipping while still having great designs and marketing in the fill stations and the multi-use packages. Consumers would get the same thing but could also affect their own “shipping cost” by getting a bigger refillable container (a family of 5 really does not need or want to buy soap in less than litre size bottles).
    How is this not a thing?

  23. Dan Z
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    So in summary #1 there is no island of garbage but a lot of plastic stuff in the ocean. #2 Scientist are simply tracking where it comes from. No mention on if they are trying to breaking it down somehow, or clean it up. This is just scientist looking at the garbage. Got it. I myself would have liked more focus on the hero scientist who are not just looking at it but trying thousands of different ways to clean it up, break it down, and even reuse it.

  24. Kamie Michelin
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    New plastic creation needs to be banned and all this junk plastic should be recycled

  25. Geezer Gamer
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Notice all products showcased were of Asian origins? There is a reason for that. The plastic isn’t there because of a company dumping it. It is there from coastal regions in countries where they are not responsible caretakers of Earth. They toss their end user garbage right into the ocean at the end user level. Additionally poor waste collection systems and the massive tsunamis they had in the Asian areas pushed a lot of trash into the ocean. While I agree cleanup is paramount we also must speak about the sources.

  26. Dead Pool
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    So we use plastic every day, it’s getting in to our bodies every day, and we aren’t dying off, yet we are concerned about plastic beads…we have mealworms that eat styrofoam and we have gene editing tools, yet we can’t figure this out…I’m bout done with humanity

  27. Kishor H
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Americans are the worst polluters yet they try to teach other nations when their own president doesn’t even believe in climate change

  28. J.Z. B.R.
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I keep on seeing comments like “the industries are to blame, not just the consumers” but the industries make these things FOR the consumers. We wanted and demanded it. So it is mostly the consumers fault. (Including me)

  29. MetalHead503018
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    I don’t use plastic lids or straws whenever I eat out. It’s only a small thing, but alot of small changes can make a difference:)

    • Joshua79C C
      December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

      another small change many can make is how to properly spell “a lot” as it is not one single word, just ask “Google” how it is spelled

  30. Piyush Chhawachharia
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:00 am

    Can’t we keep a check on water at a distance of 500 m from the shore to allow only the cleaned water to pass through that point from the shore into the Big Ocean ?

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