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  • 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

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Sam here from Story of Stuff Project

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