WOW. Thanks for sharing, Russell. Incredibly informative and really breaks down this complex issue. A must watch for anyone wanting to wrap their head around it all!
Thanks Helen! You are right, plastic is a complex issue. I still haven’t got my head around it to be honest. However. I do think that it is important to be aware of the complexity so that in the rush to reduce our use of plastic, we do not inadvertantly cause more problems.
For example, that figure that they quote about the environmental impact of plastic vs cotton shopping bags is really startling. You can see the full study here https://bit.ly/2FA8ewu.
One of the lovely things about the Kurzgesagt Youtube channel is that they always provide a very comprehensive list of sources. If anyone is interested, you can see them here https://sites.google.com/view/sourcesplasticpollution/startseite
Small steps towards tackling the plastic menace.