Plastics: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Publicēšanas datums 21 mar 2021
Plastic is in everything, from the clothes we wear to the water we drink. John Oliver explains how plastics are harming the planet, why recycling isn’t the solution you think it is, and why fixing the problem will be up to not just consumers, but corporations and policymakers.
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  • even if you can recycle all types, you still end up with microplastics piling up due to wear and tear, begging the question if we're ever going to develop technology that will adequately deal with it.

  • This is an important story, however LVcd is requiring an age verification check in order to watch it. And this means either I upload a copy of my identity or input my credit card information (with promises that I won't be charges). And of course this is happening just after disclosures on how Facebook, Google, Amazon and other sites have had recent hacking incidents that have resulted in HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of accounts have been breached, including credit card, address and identity information. I want to watch this video. I am a regular viewer of John Oliver. But I will not compromise my identity and this request is very disturbing. I DO NOT TRUST the "security" of LVcd and strongly resent their arbitrary limitations when they have proven they cannot protect the data they are asking me to provide.

  • I'm not surprised that no one really care about recycled plastic. The number of people wanting plastic bag just to bag one small purchased item is crazy. In some countries, plastic bags are completely banned. No one can make or use plastic bags. People get fined. I don't see why first world nations cannot do the same. There are alternative. There are grocery stores that sells food item in bulk. You just pre-weigh your own containers and put the food in those containers. Cashiers would just weigh the whole thing and subtract the weight of the containers. It's so much better that way.

  • So can we finally put more energy into reduce and reuse? Or maybe hold the folks making these products responsible? Or has the good of plastics in increasing our lifespan, etc. outweighed having to pass a credit card a week? Maybe too bad more people aren't poor? We still wash and reuse our takeout containers and at least make trash bags out of our shopping bags. single use my butt lol. But yeah this sounds bad.

  • Something maybe missed here. That triangle with arrows is NOT a recyclable sign if there is a number within it. It is purely a resin identification number. The logo was deliberately chosen by plastics company so consumers would confuse it for recyclable.

  • Like it if you just noticed the checkered tie reflection

  • His foul mouth adds nothing but to normalize and encourage an increasing degenerate "society".

  • This is exactly why I hold on to all my soft plastic, then once every few months go into the woods and burn it. If it's not going to get recycled, then at least it's not ending up in a landfill

  • We feed the ocean plastic. The ocean feeds it back to us. We fking deserve it.

  • Why do I love hearing about how shitty the world is and the people that live in it 🤔

  • The most polluting plastic in sea is from commercial fishing and they are killing dolphins

  • This is so sad. Thank you for doing this. I complained to stores and companies as it became harder and harder to find things packed in metal or paper or glass. I kept getting told that the weight of plastic compared to glass was actually better overall for the environment and don't worry as plastic recycling was getting better and better.

  • PLEASE HELP MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL AND HOME TOWN!! It is almost comical that they removed the Native American Imagery and Symbolisms but are KEEPING "savages" as a nickname... PLEASE TELL THEM HOW RACIST THIS WORD IS!! ​@t abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/missouri-town-decides-savages-mascot-ditch-logo-77069702

  • Tax plastic manufactures so we can set up factories to recycle as much as we can right now.

  • The problem is that in a capitalist market like ours, you can't realistically get a plastic manufacturer shut themselves down, and they're generally too rich and have too many lobbyists for our government to do anything meaningful about it.

  • Funny how at first this video was rated 18+ and I wasn't able to watch it without an ID verification

  • How come every time I see one of these videos they’re off for three weeks again? I want a job on this crew.

  • Haha! Game boy more fun than a weasel in your pants! Wtf??

  • Don’t mean to get down on John Oliver. He’s great! So is his team. I could recycle all that crap though. Without even sorting it. And it would all become fuel. No problem. And I don’t even have letters behind my name. Common sense could solve all our problems if we would just embrace it.

  • Ps. I think we may have covered this subject matter. I appreciate you sticking with it, it’s important! But, it needs constant attention.

  • I love your show. Can we get a bit more?? Seems like others are uploading content more frequently. Don’t get lost in the current.

  • If this was only the tip of the iceberg. With petroleum producers losing revenue at the pump with electric cars, plastic is their only last resort revenue. Oil companies have lobbyists that have put the rotating arrows on our products to make us feel better about consuming said products. This will not get better before it gets worse. Leave plastics at the store. Consume only raw packaging. When we leave styrofoam and plastic at the till for the vendor to clean up, the vendor will source other options. Vote with your dollar, make a scene. Do not settle for mediocrity.

  • 15:50 BUT ITS ALREADY A FUCKING BOTTLE. GOD I'M FUCKING SCREAMING IRL THIS MAKES ME HATEFUL

  • 14:45 that is my exact fetish

  • This clown mocked trump for saying antifa would topple George Washington statues. Trump was right, Oliver was wrong

  • Remember when this was a funny show. Like not journalism even a little and the stories were kinda light? Now its like 100% hard hitting journalism the way the mainstream should be doing it. How far we have fallen that a fucking comedian is a better source of news than any other outlet. Its like getting your news from Chris Rock. Get your shit together USA. I know about the "John Oliver effect" bs but no, I already know about this shit and he's just bringing it to more peoples attention, as he should, honestly if this isnt on your radar you're ignorant.

    • To double down on that. Do your own research into anything anyone says. Some of the investigations and surveys are hard to substantiate in my experience.

  • The great con. Sell a product to you with propaganda that it is recyclable knowing full well that it is not. One up the companies and pass a law requiring them to recycle it. Someday in the future, after the earth gets much more polluted, no product will be able to be sold unless the full lifecycle has been planned to end in 100% recyclability. The full cost of the product will be reflected in the purchase price, which is not the case now.

  • 3:24 John Oliver's fursona is a Toucan.

  • When he said "group of seven" I thought artists, real artists as in painting on a canvas. It's a missed opportunity to tie the theme into the environment.

  • @LastWeekTonight What happened to the segment covering the Atlanta Shooting that appeared before this? Can it be re-posted on this channel? Thanks.

  • Blob fish look like normal fish when they're at the bottom of the ocean. They only look like that after they've basically been killed by humans pulling them up to the surface. Hey hey, there is not the individual nor collective will to solve any of this.

  • These jokes suck. Without the idiot audience you realize how unfunny this show is.

  • I can offer some inside info on the recycling part of the plastics industry. The technology to recycle plastics that can be recycled already exists in every plant that compounds plastics. The crux is the cost. How much does it cost to use virgin resin vs recycled resin. The cost of virgin resin is directly proportional to the cost of oil. When the price of oil goes up, recycling plastic resin becomes feasible. Noone wants the price of oil to go up. The plastics compounding industry operates on razor thin margins, as evidenced by the maintenance that their equipment receives. That being said, cheap oil prices mean that it is less attractive to recycle plastics. Recycling plastics is expensive because of the wear and tear on the equipment. Energy consumption is higher to raise the heat required in the process, to drive off unwanted volatiles, as well as the pure mechanical effort required to flux the post consumer waste into a melt that can be pelletized and fed into an extruder. Most American plastics compounders rely on American manufacturing because of the required turn around time. Most of these companies do not have major component spares in stock ready to go in case of failure, so failures must be fixed as soon as possible which means local machine shop services. A complete overhaul of a plastics compounding line can run well north of $150-200k depending on the capacity of the equipment. Most outfits don’t have that kind of cash on hand because of the razor thin margins with which they operate.

  • Humanity is a failed evolutionary path. Hopefully whatever's next is more efficient.

  • #1 and #2 Plastics are the most likely to be recycled yet #1 is the most likely to give you cancer. Number 5 is the least likely but hardly recyclable. We just F ing need to get RID of PLASTICS!!!

  • Did John Oliver forget he was already British? What was that hogwarts accent?? 😂😂😂

  • They dump plastic in the ocean.. humans don't drink ocean water. That whole part is so stupid

    • We eat seafood. And some countries desalinate sea water.

  • Canada has a nation-wide ban on a ton of single-use plastic products, and we're working on a "zero plastic waste" program....You americans make everything look so difficult lol.

  • I recycle but now I feel like as ass. Like what good does that really do? How do I ACTUALLY help animals and the Earth???

  • As an environmental student none of what’s been discussed surprised me and I routinely forget how uninformed most people are on this subject. Hell I’ve become so cynical I chalk it up to apathy rather than ignorance most times.

  • Just shut up with the jokes

  • That BTS analogy came out of nowhere, but was so true. Nice

  • 7:46 lol

  • I was only able to see this video after I turned on my VPN and set it to USA. Why does age restriction work this way?

  • do yourself a favour and actually call the number in the junk drawer :D

  • So... has anyone called that number yet ?

  • I worked for a plastics company for 15 years. Recycling, or "Reclaim" plastics, add instabilities to the manufacturing process. There is a fine chemical balance within plastics that make them durable and able to properly form. Once they are initially melted, some of that chemical makeup is lost in the final product. Now - once you take that product that is lacking certain chemicals and try to introduce it to a process that requires those chemicals, you create gaps in the chemical chain and chaos if you go beyond a certain percentage mixture of reclaimed plastics; it's like trying to fool someone you didn't drink a quarter of their liquor bottle by filling it up with water. Where I was employed, 20% was the threshold. Anything beyond that and everything started going downhill; machinery issues, overall quality, contaminates from uneven chemical reactions, etc. Sure, you can shoot for the high percentages they brag about and even adjust the machinery to do so, but all that will do is decrease productivity and increase scrap which also means more virgin resin consumption trying to compensate for losses. It is far more economical on several fronts to keep the percentage of reclaimed / recycled product low or non-existent. All of this - is why plastics companies will never get the numbers they brag about as their goals.

  • The emergency Hall & Oates line. Classic.

  • Si just watched the police raid episode... and yet this video on PLASTIC was age gated. WTF LVcd...

  • Why does this video above all the other have and "i'm of a certain age and can watch this video" block on it?

  • Anyone remember when there were 3 Rs instead of just one? Kinda weird, seeing as the other two are more effective: Reduce and Reuse, meaning - use less and use items for things other than their initial purpose.

  • The thing about Hogwart's version if wish-cycling is; that'll be our future once all the water is too contaminated to consume.

  • The plastics production industry is the oil and gas industry. That would also have been worth a mention....or a part II. Well done John Oliver as always. Our country is fighting against the US dump plastics here, especially since we banned plastic bags entirely 5 years ago.

  • Thank you for sharing this info!

  • Why is this video age restricted?

  • Hey John Oliver, Ever wondered what would happen if you did a remix of these episodes: Standardized testing from May 3, 2015 . Sex education in the United States from August 9, 2015 . LGBT rights in the United States August 23, 2015 . Charter schools in the United States from August 21, 2016 . Trump vs. Truth from February 12, 2017 . Coal mining in the United States and Bob Murray from June 18, 2017 . Authoritarianism from November 18, 2018 . Green New Deal and carbon pricing from May 12, 2019 . COVID-19 pandemic and governmental response in the US ("Coronavirus") from March 1, 2020 . United States history from August 2, 2020 . AND National debt of the United States from April 4, 2021 . But in this remix, you switch the United States to Alberta and swap Trump to Kenney I wish I were kidding. These are all current events here. Well, we don't have our own military/police but he is working on scrapping the RCMP here and making his own - oh, and his supporters are pushing for WEXIT - meaning the western part of Canada exit - but that's dumb because BC won't go, a good chunk is crown land and another is Indigenous Territory. The new curriculum they have drafted and release contains comedy gold - -locate gravity on a globe -find the capital of Saskatchewan on a map of Alberta, -learn the slogan of the KKK (not kidding) -Kenney put his own grandfather in the music section (and then didn't give his grandmother the credit for actually writing the song). - six-year-olds will measure and equate health with weight -7 year-olds will learn the Magna Carta and Charlemagne and the Silk Road, and Medieval Europe, and Ancient Rome and Greece, and more! - reproduction, consent and refusal (as in you need to consent and refuse clearly is the focus) are the core of sex ed - They plagiarized most of this from Virginia and Wiki and a couple other sources. They are doubling down and telling us how awesome it is. They LOVE charter schools and are definitely breaking the public system so they can "fix" it - a la Devos. The coal mining is just as contested and there is some really underhanded shady shit with Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart He bet 4.6B dollars on Trump winning - the Keystone pipeline They are picking fights with the doctors and nurses - are definitely breaking the public system so they can "fix" it He blames everything on Trudeau I could go on but I'll add some links to help the verification: (Google Kenney + San Fransico + AIDS + Hospitals + refusing partners the right to say goodbye in person) facebook.com/groups/353881362641844/ facebook.com/groups/albertansagainstcoal/ www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-doctors-say-trust-must-be-rebuilt-after-proposed-new-labour-deal-rejected-1.5984351?cmp=rss&fbclid=IwAR0da2q5ksuE5WXq_vjZ4K9Pz0RHC_vRyn6km8z9TABdviaoJJI6I1ZcnAU facebook.com/SOSAlberta So if your team is looking for a new deep-dive but also kinda recycle some classics... look north to Alberta

  • Here’s for Army appreciating that BTS bit 💜💜 who wants to spam companies using anything but 1 & 2 plastic with Jimin photos?

  • What about plastic fishing nets? Dont they make up like half of the plastic in the garbage patch? Why are they missing from a piece on plastic? A piece that even prominently features a fish.

  • Time to back used chinese med bottle. Give Clay and ceramic art work back coming again. GL all

  • Even here in Canada we recycle only 9% of plastics... Then again, we also have a little over 10% your population.

  • There should be a penny tax on every beverage container and cup sold... no matter the size... for litter clean up...

  • What is perceived to be simple can be complicated. What is perceived to be complicated can be simple.

  • Hasn't posted anything from this week yet. Gonna comment anyway. Making fun of the relationship of Prince Philip and the Queen was a culturally biased low blow just to get a laugh, made even lower given the context. John, you're becoming less thoughtful, you are gaining huge blind spots, and you're a hypocrite douchebag. I won't even wait until you're dead to point it out.

  • wat da fuk is dat goat

  • Did everybody see that video of the guy that just straight-up eats plastic bags all the time? He lives in the US

  • Everything I do I can't avoid plastic. I HATE IT. Our family has a constant job, recycling plastics out of our house.

  • sometimes when noone looks i just take plastic and eat it. i dont see any problems about having plastic in my food

  • What a goddamn comedic genius. I was lmfao when totes magotes walked into the studio lmaoo. "Hypertension" 😭😭

  • That blobfish has suffered decompression

  • The plastics problem is just like pretty much any other pollution in that industries profit and produce the waste, then try to guilt trip us about their consequence.

  • "You look like a Furry who cant commit" My favourite line from John Oliver so far.

  • governments are NOT enforcing companies to package to a standards. also, these foolios are shipping the plastic to developing asian nations to take in the crap.

  • Totes McGoats was kind of giving off a Frank from Donnie Darko vibe when he appeared on set.

  • I would like to know how much plastic meant for recycling ended up in the ocean.

  • has anyone tried to stop buying crap packed in plastic? exactly, it is your responsibility to stop plastic pollution, corporations will follow the money.

  • So, I see that 2.2 K people that are part of plastics production, made sure to come by and dislike the video. It has to be that, because why the fuck else would someone possibly dislike this video?

  • This reminds me of certain segments of Seaspiracy

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  • I called the number and I regret nothing 😀

  • Maybe start by banning single use plastic bags, eg: www.mfe.govt.nz/plastic-bag-ban

  • Our government is for sale, those writing these laws are going to understaff & underfund those that keep those in power in check. Nothing is gonna happen. We may not go down in a burning pile of shit in the next 15 years but, we are digging our children’s & grandchildren’s early graves.

  • I LIVE FOR YOUR WEEKLY SHOWS . ..

  • The real recycle is apparently the causation of so many of these videos, most of them seem to have ollie here say "lobbied.. lobbied", when so many problems have such a common (sometimes partial)cause you got a shitty ass goverment for a pathetic excuse of democracy which the individual can't even describe if asked to define it. Ahh america, truly the memeland known as dumbfuckistan.

  • So almost 2 years ago now New Zealand managed to ban all single use plastic bags, guess what didn't happen? The world didn't end!! Boxes returned to the front of the supermarkets so we could pack our groceries in boxes. People carry reusables. You don't see bags stuck in trees or bushes, or on beaches any more. It's fantastic

  • Question: Is John Oliver still an actor? Or is he a fulltime activist for the Democratic Party? If not, he seems like a nut job.

  • Almost half of the great Pacific garbage patch consists of trash from commercial fishing. everyone keeps talking about plastic straws. Less than 1 percent of the plastic in the ocean is straws yet this seems to be focal point. Fishing companies are loving this while they wreak havoc on the ocean, buying their "sustainable fishing" and "dolphin free tuna" labels. It's so frustrating that no activist are talking about this at all.

  • What happen with plastics made from plant cellulose? It's less toxic and breaks down faster.

  • These talk shows just don't have the same effect without the audience.

  • So wonderful to think this shit is never going away and we're only making more and more of it.

  • The world should have switched to hemp to replace paper and plastic. We are doomed. Just happy I don't have offspring.

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  • Totes McGoats is just dollar store Mr. Nutter Butter.

  • This show has gone downhill on everything. Jokes are terrible and still don’t know how to deliver good jokes or anything but yell death threats. But like all celebrities just run with the crowd and they will love you.

  • Wats wrong with using glass instead of plastic.

  • Why is John off for 2 weeks? Didn't he just spend most of last year off?

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  • One comment 33 seconds in got this adult rated