How Much Plastic is in the Ocean? - Lake Harding Association

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 13, 2019


[MUSIC] In January 1992, a cargo ship sailing from
Hong Kong to Washington hit a storm, and twelve containers tumbled overboard, releasing a
fleet of blue turtles, green frogs, red beavers, and yellow ducks. 28,800 animals, destined for bathtubs, now
a lonely plastic navy, drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Then they started to float ashore. Along the Alaska coast, Washington State,
some even traveled as far as the British Isles. But a few ended up here, in a swirling spiral
of floating junk: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There’s five, or maybe six spots on Earth
where rotating currents gather masses of plastic debris. But go there and you won’t see mountains
of yellow ducks, red beavers, and novelty sunglasses. Not alarming as Garbage Island, but a lot
more dangerous. The high-density plastics we use to make consumables
(think water bottles, straws, and Frappuccino cups) are broken down by sun, waves, and curious
critters until what’s left is less like garbage rafts and more like tiny bits of confetti,
floating in soup. That soup is is bad news for what lives there,
which is ironic, since plastic was invented to save animals. During the 19th century, the demand for ivory
billiard balls decimated elephant populations, forcing chemists to look for a synthetic alternative. They found it 1907. Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic. Of course the real boom didn’t come until
the mid 20th century. “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.” “Yes sir?” “Are you listening?” “Yes I am.” “Plastics.” Modern plastics are so strong that a 60 gram
jug can carry 4 kg of milk. But despite being so durable, plastic is also
cheap. So cheap that much of it’s designed to be
used just once. And even when it ends up in the trash can,
or better yet, the recycling bin, every year more than 8 million tons of plastic waste
leak into the ocean. That’s about 15 plastic shopping bags worth
for every meter of coastline on Earth. Because that plastic is broken down into nearly
invisible bits, it makes it hard to figure out just how large those polluted patches
are. Is it one Texas? Two, or four Texases? Or is it Texii? Whatever. That puny plastic potpourri also means most
of those ocean-skimming cleanup ideas you hear about won’t work, and truth is, while
we might hear a lot about these flotillas of flotsam, we find plastic in everywhere
we find ocean, and at every depth, even the deepest. Birds and younger sea animals that can’t
dive deep to find their dinner end up feeding near the surface where they encounter more
plastic. Larger debris can certainly tangle these animals
up, but many end up eating plastic too – sometimes by accident. To a sea turtle? Floating trash looks a lot like dinner. And smaller debris, when ingested by young
fish, can interfere with growth and development. On the small scale, the tiny organisms who
recycle whale poop, driftwood, and old ships can’t break down microscopic plastic debris,
and those tiny bits can absorb toxins which are concentrated as they move up the food
chain, even to our plates. CU/WIDE: But that plate? Is somewhere we can make a difference. When it comes to plastic pollution, just remember
the 6 R’s Reduce! Choose to buy fewer things that are packaged
in non-recyclable plastic. Did you know that stores like Amazon often
let you choose “hassle-free” packaging? Reuse! Think reusable. Certainly works for Hollywood. Recycle! Most cities have recycling programs these
days, but a lot of recyclable stuff still gets thrown away. Stuff like clothes and shoes, full of plastic
fibers. So why not donate them? Rethink! If you build or make things, ask if there’s
another way to do it without using disposable plastics. I hear the next iPhone might be made of wood! And if you own something plastic and it breaks,
try to repair it rather than throw it away. Finally, Refuse! Just say no to disposable plastics. Turn your plastic fork into metal. Did you know that Americans use 500 million
drinking straws every single day? Did you know that you can drink with your
mouth, and not use a straw? Try it! It doesn’t suck. We’ll never get rid of plastic, and that’s
ok. It’s still a pretty great invention, and
there’s a lot of places where it makes sense. But there’s a lot of places where it doesn’t. Just ask the turtles, and the birds. Stay curious. I just want to say one word to you. One word. Subscribe! And if you want to learn more about plastic
pollution, ocean currents, garbage patches, plus what you can do to reduce plastic waste
in your own life, we put a bunch of links down in the description.

100 Comments found

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It's Okay To Be Smart

Can you commit to one plastic-free change in your life? Share it below!

As for me, I'm saying "no thanks" to plastic straws whenever I can.

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rivisan max

in Sri Lanka, 100 million of straw use for one day. am also try to socialize this massage, (#No polythene #No plastic)nice video.

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xwildox

I agree with this

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Water Sheep

This won't stop people.
Nothing does.
Nothing has.
Nothing will.

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RedGaming Studio

dont tell me what to do

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Edduin Casanova

America uses 175000000 straws a day , no 500000

Only 1% of the plastics in the ocean come from the USA 🇺🇸

We need to educate the rest of the world to protect the environment

God bless everyone!!!

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HEMP IS NOT POT

where’s the drone w camera flyover, on all patches, media blackout censorship, time to abolish money,

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HEMP IS NOT POT

no photos non photoshopped no proof so thats false news, or terrorism

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R_XU *

RIP ANIMALS

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Samuel Price

ive got a funny joke
my dishwasher stopped working so i told her to get back to work and stop crying

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Bryan Jarvis

That 500 million a day figure is false

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sean rana

the issue is most of us use plastic bags for throwing out our organic waste, it keeps our waste confined to some level, but there are still leaks.
I was put on a pilot to test a new product, Bagez a garbage bag holder. it allows me to secure any size garbage bag in my garbage bins. garbage bags are a better thicker plastic, and if used according to what your local waste facility can sort and separate, it will help in recapture of material to wards new products rather than end up in landfills. with Bagez i have been able to use just 1 bag to hold our family waste, and add more if needed. i buy my own bags and even use it when i'm outdoors. great product, helps reduce plastics are ending up in the dump, and i don't have to worry about dirty bins.

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Justice

The ban begins with our plastic straws, bags and overall education. We need to put this into our heads as a way of life. We have 'ok'd' plastic for far too long and are creating irreversible damage. Please take a minute out of your day to look into what you can do for your local city or help with a small donation! https://www.gofundme.com/replace-plastic-straws

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Infinite Creations

Great video 🙌 loving them sneaky puns

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Alex Hodge

Recycling and composting are now mandatory where I live, and I hate plastic packaging anyway, so I've never been very wasteful in that regard. I get nearly everything except food and clothing from Amazon, so that's not an issue. Honestly, it's not that hard to be environmentally friendly. It doesn't cost a lot of money or time (in fact, it often saves both), and it's fun to innovate. I don't mean to preach, but I don't understand why so many people have such a problem with it. We can't suddenly stop impacting the Earth, but we can do our part. Just do what you can, it's not hard.

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jazzy jay

OH I KNOW!!!

a lot

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Fearless Paladin

0:28 Those plastic animals created a plastic based fauna, lol.

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Le_ Alien

Did you 500 million straw was come from a 10 years old project by message the straw producer? It actually 175 million so yeah the media and politician exaggerated it beside paper also cost more energy to produce and in the end they just mummified also have a negative impact on the environment. So sticking with reusable, recycle is a better way.

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C K

Solution is pyrogenesis.

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clownface

this is way i hate humans

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Lewis Mitchell

"Plastic is a great invention!" Biggest lie I've heard all day

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Horton El Troll

175,000,000 milloon. The 500 million was proven wrong a came from a 10 year old doing a school project.

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Harsh Jadav

Professor Joe, first can we replace the replacer(Plastic☺️)? Second if we do how can we destroy other dirty unrecycled plastic or small plastic elements? Please do reply.

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Jan Cardox

Boa noite Monira, tudo bem? 🌹

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Sarah Cortap

I’m trying to get people I know to use less straws and I have also not used straws for a while now but I got some reusable straws and if I go to Starbucks or something ( also have reusable cup ) I give the person it with a rideable straw so they don’t take a straw that’s plastic and will end up in the garbage.

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TheBestBoy

My School had a day called waste wise wendnesday so which grade has the least plastic gets a reward

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Peace Hernandez

cool

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dottybing

we’d never stop making plastic, though. so many people are buying it, and that means more money to the government. it’s all about money, really.

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Flashy The Fish

We people are very bad… hope they will aband plastic for ever.. i created a game about this… a fish that need to avoids all plastic wastes… please support by downloading (FlashyTheFish) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mci.flashythefish

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lucy carr

this was a great video and explained alot to my class

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Kev BeeTM Bee

The situation that we/this planet is in is a joke.

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Tobias Baker

#SaveTheSea

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Hamish McRobbie

How many coffee cups do need for one coffee?

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nathaniel wilson

Ok
I will do that and cling it

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Suryanshu Khadka

dodo

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LION BOY !!!!!

very good video, come on humans out of your seats its time to get ready to clean up the world its not gonna take that long a few years at least if every one joins in !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HZthelollipop

thnx this was super useful for my HW

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Angel Zosa

R. I. P sea animals 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😂😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢

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megazwatcher

not nearly enough by far

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megazwatcher

ok, that is 3:49 seconds i will never get back so, in retaliation i will be dropping 349 pieces of plastic in the river tomorrow. good job xander

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Kaiden Honeyman

mega sob

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SUBRATA GHOSH

Massage is so simple if you recycle then you can save our earth ✌

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Learn with imy- تعلم مع ايمي

how to make this video !! programme

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Julian Logan

www.automobilesmartcup.com has a great idea advocates against plastic should look into.

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Flashy The Fish

What I did against the pollution is creating a game: "Flashy The FIsh": https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mci.flashythefish
It's a pitty that It's only downloaded 50+ times… I Hope the amount will increase more… Maybe with a Bitt of your (or anyone's) help 😉

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PODCAST KAT

@2:08 leaks into the Ocean???? You mean more like gets thrown into the Ocean by us humans.

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Tenille Maher

We started a non-profit called Beach Relief – check us out at www.beachrelief.org – we clean beaches wherever we are and now live near a beach so we can do it all the time! Unfortunately we can't believe how many plastic bottle caps and micro plastic we find:( Do what you can wherever you live – every bit helps!

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Braidyn TAITAPANUI

i love this chanell

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Andrew T

In just a century we have totally disrupted the entire global ecosystem

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Llama

FORTNITE BATTLE ROYALE

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Stephanie Walker

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петр золотов

There has long been technology for processing contaminated (unwashed), non-sorted plastic garbage into marketable products: euro-pallets, garbage cans and wine boxes, car bumpers, floating berths, boats, road plastic fences. You can not deceive – getting fuel is expensive and harmful!

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Oun Pich - Photography for Kids

Thank you for your video. I learned a lot. I might do a video on rubbish and plastic in my country to help teach people here.

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HICKAVIATION

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Jefferson Jackson

Please Join us www.ersatzreef.org . RECOVER will clean our Erath's Oceans!

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KELLY HENDERSON

Desperately sad about the state of our oceans and the trauma we are causing to animals and the environment, I launched a school wide initiative to collect our dead pens and felts for recycling through TERRACYCLE. I've switched to soap bars from bottled shower gels etc. Wooden toothbrushes for all the family (and gave as gifts to friends for xmas), no more makeup wipes – we are using a cloth and coconut oil now, and of course, full on recycling focus in the home.

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R2D2 daHut

Time to initiate change! It starts by speaking out as loudly as you can

https://youtu.be/uBPXXpW2LRQ

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Vivienne V

I'm gonna buy a reuseable straw from Amazon

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Aaliyah Mya

Love the puns❤️

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Javier Ruiz

I subscribed

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Ruby Emma

U r awsome and helped me with homework

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Josephine Guerrero

Reuse and recycle is what we should all do♻️

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cavewallmedia

yep. . . my new motto (now I know) is: Planet=Clean it. . . Plastic=Lean it
made a little video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbocwm9m7Zc

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Evolution Inc.

WHY are there only 800,000 views? This is our planet, people!

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Trevor Talbot

Want to deal with the plastics in the ocean? Nuke India

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Bro Studios

3:06 before puberty vs after puberty!

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Dan H

Recycling in most areas seems to be a scam. My understanding is that it will end up in a landfill anyways.
I try to reuse as much as possible. I think we should look into a biodegradable plastic for things like bags and straws.

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Jason Ingram

THE ONLY SOLUTION IS
STOP MAKING PLASTIC
RETURN TO GLASS, PAPER, HEMP, TIN, WOOD, WOOL, COTTON, SILK
WE DON'T NEED PLASTICS
Ultimately the Earth has a people pollution problem
(please help earth, copy n paste on other plastic pollution videos )

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Max Eule

Visit RankTV(earth as profile pic) he started a Environment cleanup challenge. Let's safe the Planet together <3

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Paul Hayden

I live near Chattanooga and the sides of roads are littered with plastic trash. With heavy rains they are washed away (unseen to most) and the roads look clean again.
Something tells me there is much more plastic in the oceans than most can understand.

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Everything Hub

3:41 best roast ever

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Save The Planet

If you do not want plastic in you go vegan.

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Lee Andrews

Nature needs to get rid of the human race and allow the earth to cleanse again we dont deserve this beatiful planet. " filthy humans"

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Ayeshaplaysgames

Why can’t they just clean the great Pacific garbage patch up 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Ryan Wallace

I hope we can move beyond this problem soon. And eventually reducing green house gas emissions for energy needs. We can do it, we just have to make ourselves do so.

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Aosgood94

To hell with straws

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The power of the Nature

Answer the oceans are full😕

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RePlastix

Echad un vistazo a nuestro proyecto para luchar contra la contaminación plástica!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjSHOeV6Y0s&t=1s
https://www.replastix.org

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Jake Kacica

leonard gang wya

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Rubbish Reads

Excellent video! Great presenter too.

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Stephen Reeves

Brilliant, brilliant video, thank you.

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Jun Tang

Always shocked by how the human can change the world, bad or good! Anyway, I started using reusable items quite a time ago. Surprisingly, I found some of them are better than current plastic ones. My kids just loved silicone straws (I believe it is a brand called E.Joy I bought from Amazon) much more than the plastic ones, really win-win.

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JUST DO IT

Tired of not helping?
Leave a like and visit this website so you can help too:
https://4ocean.com/

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Henry Hill

We need to get rid of PBS…. Suppose to be public, but except here, you cannot comment on the New Hour's videos full of lies.

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V Z

Who else is here cause are teacher told us to work on a project of global warming

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Yanara Iglesias

this is so sad that there are animals that are dying

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Brandy Adams

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/plastic_in_paradise_loc/?cXewXfb

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Utkarsh singh

USA is the biggest polluting country in the world. they not only responsible for air pollution but also are responsible for the plastic pollution in our oceans….. in USA they generally dump tons of plastic garbage every day in the ocean and seas……

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Derek Lowe

Mr. Intelligant talks about plastic

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Akio Sugaya

●The Kingdom of Whales and Dolphins via Beatrice Madsen, May 14th, 2019
https://sananda.website/the-kingdom-of-whales-and-dolphins-via-beatrice-madsen-may-14th-2019/
 
"I Penelope, the voice of the dolphins, pray that you humans will wake up and see that your future on Earth no longer exists if you let the poisoning continue."

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Ephemeral

https://youtu.be/SVTyXcIS6ao

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Niya

My ex friends are swimming around the ocean

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Lunacorn

No

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Francis Mausley

All of creation suffers from Man's poor spiritual status. "Man is organic with the world. His inner life molds the environment and is itself deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions." ~ Baha'i Faith

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William Heng

Is great to save the ocean

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Norg1

they should make robotic plastic eating whales that can eat all thoes particles and poop it out into something else

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World's Best Bike Pedal

NEW! Recycled Plastic Bottles GYM
https://youtu.be/nQG9T-41JM0

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Zac Dior

Damn this makes me sick. 🤢
We should be ashamed.
https://youtu.be/0ApV80Enig0

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littel diamond Destiny 2009

I wish plastic was not invented too it's so unfer on the animals and
Ocean 😧😧😠😠😠

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canaljkt

Kg of milk?

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