The surprising solution to ocean plastic A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk 7 months ago   11:54

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Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That's the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and more is available for purchase in exchange for plastic garbage -- which is then sorted, shredded and sold to brands who reuse "social plastic" in their products. Join David Katz to learn more about this step towards closing the loop in the circular economy. "Preventing ocean plastic could be humanity's richest opportunity," Katz says.

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Comments 798 Comments

Mike Corral
Why don’t we just adapt to eating plastic
q8sid
Send it to space
Flower Punch
How about the companies who manufacture or use plastic? And the governments' responsibility to regulate production? It is not just consumers' responsibility. People use it because they provide it to us. Is there no alternative to plastic?
Chrystle Mcbride
Awsome
Brancaalice
Yes, in some people wilbel doing surgery of plastic's tumor, cause we already drink bottled water, fish mead, with molecules of plastic. - great, human will became, plastic being, because the body doesn't process it, or put it out or store in organs's cells. We are inconsequences creatures, don't thing billions of people need to feed from earth.
lakshmi pathy
#Banned plastic
macyd4
I disagree though that cleaning up the ocean should be the last thing we should do.
Ferdous Azam Khan
Hats off
Bruce Wing
The first thing is getting India and China to stop! They are responsible for 90 percent of pollution!
jason cuico
comment are like poetry.good word but useless action.
Robert Neighbors
Sadly, one of the solutions to aberrant human behavior with plastic is
government required deposit of at least 50 cents on each plastic item.
This adds more value to plastics, so 90% of humans will be encouraged
recycle in order regain their deposit, only the wealthy will likely
ignore this, so strong laws need to be enacted. If 10% of your assets
are absconded by the Gov't for a violation, that may only be $300 or
$500 for a poor person - - but it could be hundreds of $$$ thousands
for a wealthy person caught.
Robert Neighbors
Sadly, one of the solutions to aberrant human behavior with plastic is
government required deposit of at least 50 cents on each plastic item.
This adds more value to plastics, so 90% of humans will be encouraged
recycle in order regain their deposit, only the wealthy will likely
ignore this, so strong laws need to be enacted. If 10% of your assets
are absconded by the Gov't for a violation, that may only be $300 or
$500 for a poor person - - but it could be hundreds of $$$ thousands
for a wealthy person caught.
Evelyn Baitz
We actually should do both, clean up the existing trash in the ocean as well as banning plastic use or create biodegradable materials to use.
BCColeman
For profit organization, ships the plastic doesn’t sound too environmentally sustainable. Good speaker but suspect his ROI is preferable to his ‘ultra poor’ plastic collectors.
Dirty Mathew
We must also help spread the word, share share share share and suport all content that really diserves getting viral
Elsa Hunter
this is so incredible, i love his mentality "turn off the tap". Such a smart idea, helping people better themselves well helping our planet.
Chaz Jackson
Please upload to beta.lbry.tv
Glenn MG
Who "We"..... the well meaning speaker means the 3rd world to clean up. This solution is economically wrong but a measure nonetheless.
relentlessmadman
this is typical of ted talks its a great idea, but who is this guy? and what program is talking about. Important Information left out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edward Kenway
If only we can thanos snap plastic.
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