Plastics: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


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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  • AE86FBunta
    AE86FBuntaTime siden

    what about the industrial fishing plastics? was Seaspiracy a bunch of bullshit?

  • theinfiniteride
    theinfiniteride2 timer siden

    IMO the real solution is to destroy the plastics industry, and to do that you’re gonna need a material that’s cheaper to make than plastic, usable in the same contexts that single-use plastics are, and is fully recyclable. It’s wishful thinking for sure but it’s the only way to do it

  • Jason Nockels
    Jason Nockels3 timer siden

    I love how he, as a British person, still put on an extra layer of British accent to imitate a character from Harry Potter.

  • Speed Zero
    Speed Zero5 timer siden

    The import of garbage is illegal into Thailand, and yet, people are importing plastic and e waste, and dismantling it in illegal operations. This poisons the air in some neighborhoods. It's a huge issue and very sad. Thailand and Malaysia are middle income countries, they're not low income countries that want or need this trash.

  • Mel
    Mel7 timer siden

    is john oliver ok? seems like he put on some weight. stress eating? i worry about him

  • Maureen Vos
    Maureen Vos10 timer siden

    Suggestion: talk about fortified shampoo for fast hair growth.

  • Kyle Townsley
    Kyle Townsley11 timer siden

    Don't forget about the pacific trash continent Made most of commercial fishing nets

  • Zachary Williams
    Zachary Williams13 timer siden

    all plastics can be fully biodegradable. at this point its a choice, i can biodegrade styrofoam in my bedroom, and i have. we can do better.

  • Zac Francis
    Zac Francis14 timer siden

    While John may succeed in being informative in all videos, the humour is really hit or miss. I watched one a couple days ago that had my sides splitting. I don’t think I even chuckled at this one, childish humour and the goat thing was so cringe

  • Carlos Diaz
    Carlos Diaz16 timer siden

    Send it to The Moon and Mars.

  • Carlos Diaz
    Carlos Diaz16 timer siden

    Man, I can't wait for either Vulcans to arrive and save us from ourselves, or from us ALL perishing as a species and allow Smarter Octopi or Meerkat Species to evolve and become the new brains at the Apex of evolution. We as a human species, well, resemble the Covid-19 in more than one way.

  • amanda Marie
    amanda Marie21 time siden

    Please dont support a charity that supports eugenics. Listen to Autistic people, we do not want this, you are hurting our community!

  • Mike Broughton
    Mike Broughton22 timer siden

    He knew if he mentioned BTS he would have to do it in a positive way or an army of psycho children would try and ruin his life....

  • ToudaHell
    ToudaHell22 timer siden

    I've got a post grad in environmental sciences. I'm a bookkeeper now because I'm so tired of all this bullshit.

  • Govind Mittal
    Govind Mittal23 timer siden

    Although half of the things are taken from , I appreciate the effort he put to make it reach to wider audience.

  • SMmania123
    SMmania12323 timer siden

    3:24 "You look like a furry who can't commit." XD lmao

  • SMmania123
    SMmania12323 timer siden

    0:55 I tell you how to get more people to recycle, and it's not with some freaky goat-man hybrid. It's with Earth Chan I swear, if people used Earth Chan as a mascot for recycling, so many more people would recycle, it's cute and not terrifying or ugly like some god-forsaken goat-man hybrid thing is.

  • vwscottvw
    vwscottvwDag siden

    Wish I could thumbs up twice.

  • Salted Sins
    Salted SinsDag siden

    It's times like these that I just look at things around my house and think, "Gosh, 90% of the filling in this could have been replaced with otherwise unrecyclable plastics"

  • DonJiggly
    DonJigglyDag siden

    18:07 Aluminum is not a thing. It is *Aluminium*

  • T Lindsay
    T LindsayDag siden

    The amount of respect I have lost for your work after finding out you’re associated with the next for autism event is astronomical. If you can’t do the one google search it takes to listen to autistic voices on this matter, then I dont trust you to properly research your stories. Nothing about us, without us!

  • Brigitte Rieser
    Brigitte RieserDag siden

    anyone else who gets told that the content is age restricted??

  • Brigitte Rieser

    Brigitte Rieser

    Dag siden

    country: Austria

  • Okay So
    Okay SoDag siden

    State/countries NEED to pass laws that tax companies per non-recyclable plastic and use that taxation to employ recycling plants that CAN render more challenging plastics into reusable materials.

  • ronsum
    ronsumDag siden

    Most intelligent organism on earth doesn't know how to prevent poisoning its own habitat.

  • pwuk
    pwukDag siden

    My local supermarket, says "have a brown bag to reduce plastic use" then look at everything (incl 2 small segments in a plastic box) covered in plastic :-(

  • Joey Danielski
    Joey DanielskiDag siden

    I was totally waiting for that American Beauty joke. ,👍

  • Joey Danielski
    Joey DanielskiDag siden

    That Nestle ad is infuriating.

  • Cypher 1101
    Cypher 1101Dag siden

    Slurp and totes mcgoats are going to be costarring in my nightmares for weeks to come

  • N M
    N MDag siden

    Why is this video restricted for inappropriate content?!

  • Kevin Eygenraam
    Kevin EygenraamDag siden

    There's the "more plastic than fish" quote and yet still, nothing is changing!

  • Nathanael De Rosario
    Nathanael De RosarioDag siden

    Please do a show on this disgrace that is the European Super League...

  • Valdimar Eiriksson
    Valdimar EirikssonDag siden

    Well you know what you have to do John... European Super League.... you know the American knock off brand version of football

    SPLICE KNIGHT2 dager siden

    Translation: There is no hope, and nobody is accountable. Even in countries with the EPS laws, like Canada.... the laws are not strickly enforced, and workarounds are being built by the plastic industry.

  • Linda Wa
    Linda Wa2 dager siden

    I really thought we were in a way out of the plastic problem. So many good ideas and initiatives... but then the pandemic hit... Since then, it's almost impossible to live a plastic free life. Hardly any shop accepts my own containers due to hygienic rules... 😔

  • Kyle French
    Kyle French2 dager siden

    Idk what you did john but suddenly you have a bit of a silver fox thing going on. In digging it.

  • LDK
    LDK2 dager siden

    I am 37 years old and there is only 1 thing i hate. PLASTIC! damn seriously we already killed this planet enough. and i live in japan where they pack PLASTIC in PLASTIC in PLASTIC!!! its just terrible

    Y3MINEM2 dager siden

    Most plastic in the oceans come from the fishing industry. Leave the oceans alone, and start by not buying fish or seafood.

  • Anthony Duran
    Anthony Duran2 dager siden

    Asphyxiated Sausage 🤣

  • Brendan Montague
    Brendan Montague2 dager siden

    OMG NOlocal just warned me that this video might contain subject matter that may not be suitable for everyone fuck you

  • Henrique
    Henrique3 dager siden

    It's the literal definition of putting away

  • Susan Rice
    Susan Rice3 dager siden

    Slurp miss the tag "They promise me an action figure!"

  • JWLN silver
    JWLN silver3 dager siden

    Goat. that is all

  • Levan R.
    Levan R.3 dager siden

    Crazy - this video is soft blocked in Germany, I had to verify my age to watch it, or though vpn

  • Maria Vale
    Maria Vale3 dager siden

    There is something New Yorkers can do. Ask your state legislators to support S--1185A, an EPR bill which would switch responsibility for dealing with plastics pollution from us, the taxpayers, to the polluters themselves.

  • Mei Chen
    Mei Chen3 dager siden

    This is heartbreaking.... everyone should try to avoid plastic packaging when possible and tell takeout restaurants to not use plastic utensils

  • Daniel
    Daniel3 dager siden

    John Oliver: Piss-Wizard. Series when?

  • Jayson Cowan
    Jayson Cowan3 dager siden

    No acknowledgement the plastic industry is the oil industry.

  • Futuro Berg
    Futuro Berg3 dager siden

    One of the funniest narratives being recycled over and over again is “the US is a developed country” 😂 cmon man !

  • Kristopher Mizoguchi
    Kristopher Mizoguchi4 dager siden

    Totes McGotes popping up next to John gave me a scare

  • Historical Accuracy
    Historical Accuracy4 dager siden

    Why tf did this get age gated

  • Elisabeth Banber
    Elisabeth Banber4 dager siden

    Why is this video age-restricted? o.o

  • Not Rosie
    Not Rosie4 dager siden

    Keep it to just John please. I can't with the fake interaction

  • mollyblock
    mollyblock4 dager siden

    spit reveal 8:29 thank u king

  • Assel K
    Assel K4 dager siden

    don't search, BTS is at 07:30

  • Timothy Månfrost
    Timothy Månfrost4 dager siden

    Why was this video age restricted?

  • DieLeereHand
    DieLeereHand4 dager siden

    why is this Video age-restricted? whats wrong with youtube?

  • AidaVienne
    AidaVienne4 dager siden


  • Mal
    Mal4 dager siden

    I listened to a comedian and now I am depressed

  • Robin Tan
    Robin Tan4 dager siden

    a credit card worth of micro plastic every week ! mygawd !

  • Box
    Box4 dager siden

    time is time I ate a dime in the middle of committing a crime. If you are wondering the crime was murder

  • Korrado Zambini
    Korrado Zambini4 dager siden

    John is the best 😂

  • Vicki T
    Vicki T4 dager siden

    This shit is more tragic than your hair Oliver.

  • Walt O'Hara
    Walt O'Hara4 dager siden

    Thanks Jhonny more good news in pandemic!

  • Xsiah
    Xsiah5 dager siden

    John Oliver is committing to recycled material by copying the content of Broken (2019) episode 4

  • Alucard
    Alucard5 dager siden

    In Mexico when you buy a litter and above soda bottle you need to return a used one so they don't charge extra.

  • Benjamin Dona
    Benjamin Dona5 dager siden

    This didnt even come up when I searched it in NOlocal :(

  • 闫璐
    闫璐5 dager siden


  • stef
    stef5 dager siden

    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.

  • Fourier Analyst
    Fourier Analyst5 dager siden

    This is an important story, however NOlocal 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 NOlocal and strongly resent their arbitrary limitations when they have proven they cannot protect the data they are asking me to provide.

  • Magnolia Flower
    Magnolia Flower5 dager siden

    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.

  • Ben Townsend
    Ben Townsend5 dager siden

    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.

  • C Givens
    C Givens5 dager siden

    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.

  • Trevor Leone
    Trevor Leone5 dager siden

    Like it if you just noticed the checkered tie reflection

  • Joe Jones
    Joe Jones6 dager siden

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

  • Ricky Lahey
    Ricky Lahey6 dager siden

    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

  • Edoardo Boyd

    Edoardo Boyd

    4 dager siden

    yeah but burning plastic isn't good either

  • Dee Etd
    Dee Etd6 dager siden

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

  • Joven Noble
    Joven Noble6 dager siden

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

  • rajeev3983
    rajeev39836 dager siden

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

  • Lisa Smith
    Lisa Smith6 dager siden

    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.

  • Michelle Chambers
    Michelle Chambers6 dager siden

    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

  • DeLoreaN4me
    DeLoreaN4me6 dager siden

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

  • FakeBing
    FakeBing6 dager siden

    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.

  • Mme. Veronica

    Mme. Veronica

    4 dager siden

    If only governments managed to pass laws banning lobbying so corporate influenve on politics was diminished. Too bad America ruled that giving someone money is free speech and since corporations are people they have the right to free speech which means they have the right to give people money

  • Mihail Ivanov
    Mihail Ivanov6 dager siden

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

  • Minix G4
    Minix G46 dager siden

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

  • Minix G4
    Minix G46 dager siden

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

  • Minix G4
    Minix G46 dager siden

    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.

  • Minix G4
    Minix G46 dager siden

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

  • Minix G4
    Minix G46 dager siden

    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.

  • christa mcdiarmid
    christa mcdiarmid6 dager siden

    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.

  • Jarthen Greenmeadow
    Jarthen Greenmeadow6 dager siden


  • Jarthen Greenmeadow
    Jarthen Greenmeadow6 dager siden

    14:45 that is my exact fetish

  • American Guy
    American Guy6 dager siden

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

  • Jarthen Greenmeadow
    Jarthen Greenmeadow6 dager siden

    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.

  • Jarthen Greenmeadow

    Jarthen Greenmeadow

    6 dager siden

    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.

  • Sean Rodgers
    Sean Rodgers6 dager siden

    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.

  • Jarthen Greenmeadow
    Jarthen Greenmeadow6 dager siden

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

  • Sean Rodgers
    Sean Rodgers6 dager siden

    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.

  • liveinspired
    liveinspired6 dager siden

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

  • Sarah Powell
    Sarah Powell6 dager siden

    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.

  • Daelin Proudmore
    Daelin Proudmore6 dager siden

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

  • 8vmafia
    8vmafia6 dager siden

    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.