National Geographic's plastics issue is a huge wake-up call

This video accompanies National Geographic's terrific reporting on the global plastic waste crisis. it shows how America became a plastic-addicted throwaway culture, and how the earth is now paying for humanity's short-sighted sin.

For the special edition, check out Planet or Plastic? They even have a plastic pledge you can take to reduce your use of single-use plastics like straws, bags, bottles, and cutlery.

A Brief History of How Plastic Has Changed Our World (YouTube / National Geographic)