70+ Inspiring Quotes on Plastic Pollution of All Time

Plastics are very essential products; in fact, you see them virtually everywhere. Almost everything we interact we daily have components of plastics in it. Of course, there are different types of plastics, and some materials you own are made from plastic, and you don’t even know it.

Well, just as plastics are essential production materials, the manufacturing process leaves a detrimental effect on our environment. You can even say that it’s one of the most dangerous man-made materials. Not only is its production process harmful to the environment, but its decomposition process is also!

This blog post is ultimately dedicated to enlightening you on just how dangerous plastic pollution is, and we’’ provide 70+ plastic pollution quotes as proof of that. Please, dive right in!

1. Plastic will be the main ingredient of all our grandchildren’s recipes.

~ Anthony T. Hincks

2.  Trash is for tossers.

~ Lauren Singer

3. The plastic bottles we’re throwing away every day still stays there. And if we show that to people, then we can also promote some behavioral change.

~ Carlo Ratti

4. Pollution from oil and gas development, toxic run off, and miles and miles of plastic trash foul the waters and threaten marine life.

~ Frances Beinecke

5. I try to conserve water and avoid using plastic as much as I can.

~ Jim Sarbh.

6. We humans have become so dependent on plastics for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction out of control.

~ David Suzuki.

7. We are being choked to death by the amount of plastic that we throw away. It’s killing our oceans. It’s entering into our bodies in the fish we eat.” 

~ Kevin Bacon

8. Only we humans make trash the oceans can’t digest.

~ Charles Moore

9. Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

~ Jacques Yves Cousteau

10. It is the worst of times but it is the best of times because we still have a chance.

~ Sylvia Earle

11. For all the environmental troubles single-use shopping bags cause, the much greater impacts are in what they contain. Reducing the human footprint means addressing fundamentally unsustainable habits of food consumption, such as expecting strawberries in the depths of winter or buying of seafood that are being fished to the brink of extinction.

~ Susan Freinkel

12. I used to love those little cute bottles of amenities in the hotel room. And while the soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion may smell great, they waste an incredible amount of plastic and space in your luggage.

~ Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

13. The ultimate test of man’s conscience may not be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.

~ Gaylord Nelson

14. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” 

~ Robert Swan

15. Plastic pollution free world is not a choice but a commitment to life – a commitment to the next generation.

~ Amit Ray


16. My obsession is plastic packaging. It makes me sick, all the waste. Everything about it disappoints me.

~ Theo James

17. The scale of the mess we leave behind is proportionate to the level of respect we have for others.

~ Stewart Stafford

18. There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere.

~ Annie Leonard

19. It cannot be right to manufacture billions of objects that are used for a matter of minutes, and then are with us for centuries.

~ Roz Savage

20.  When plastics do break down, they don’t biodegrade; rather, they break into increasingly smaller pieces, many of which end up in the oceans as microplastics that harm aquatic life and birds.

~ Dr. David Suzuki

21. To me, I think people who don’t think it’s a big deal to toss a plastic bottle in the garbage are not only being irresponsible, but I think they’re being disrespectful of all the other humans on earth.

~ Sophia Bush

22. Not only are plastics polluting our oceans and waterways and killing marine life – it’s in all of us and we can’t escape consuming plastics.

~ Marco Lambertini

23. If a man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.”

~ Peter Benchley

24. Of all the waste we generate, plastic bags are perhaps the greatest symbol of our throwaway society. They are used, then forgotten, and they leave a terrible legacy.

~ Zac Goldsmith

25. Plastics in all its forms – Straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. – Are all choking our planet… We must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products.

~ Governor Jerry Brown

26. It is one world. And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands. 

~ David Attenborough

27. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men will never gather up all the plastic and put the ocean back together again.

~ Captain Charles Moore

28. Recycling more plastics can help local businesses and expand jobs while supporting the goals of sustainability.

~ Kevin de Leon

29. There are five known gyres spinning around in our world’s oceans. A gyre is a slowly moving spiral of currents created by a high “pressure system of air currents. A spinning soup, so to speak, is made of what exists in the water. And in this case, the gyres are spinning with millions of tons of our discarded and forgotten about plastic waste!

~ Brandon Boyd


30. Plastic is a most destructive weapon than a nuclear bomb or an atom bomb, its impact shall remain for centuries on the future generation.

~ Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

31. I hate the hand that comes out of a car and just drops litter in the street. I hate that! For some reason, it just fills me with fury! It’s just utter laziness, lack of interest in other people, lack of interest in the planet, in the hedgehog who might eat the plastic bag, it’s a lack of concern.

~ Joanna Lumley

32. We have to rethink our whole energy approach, which is hard to do because we’re so dependent on oil, not just for fuel but also plastic. If plastic vanished, there would be total chaos. We have to think quite carefully about using oil and its derivatives because it’s not going to be around forever.

~ Margaret Atwood

33. It does seem really hard to get consumers to do the right thing. It is stupid that we use two tons of steel, glass, and plastic to haul our sorry selves to the shopping mall. It’s stupid that we put water in plastic bottles in Fiji and ship it here.

~ John Doerr

34. The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.

~ Lewis Thomas

35. Plastic disposal not only pollutes the land but the water and the air, the three primary elements for any living being on the earth.

~ Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

36. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. 

~ Robert Swan

37. The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.” 

~ Joshua Becke

38. It is the worst of times but it is the best of times because we still have a chance.” 

~ Sylvia Earle

39. Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.

~ David Attenborough

40. You wouldn’t think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we’ll do it one day. That’s how negligent we are.

~ Ian Rankin

41. To carry a bottle of drinking water in plastic, don’t carry away the entire ocean with plastic.

~ Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

42. I’ll tell you what scares me is plastic. Plastic bags and plastic bottles and these things. Why does my water have to be in a bloody plastic bottle? The landfill and the ocean. And I don’t know, I’m just terrified of the proliferation of plastic.

~ Helen Mirren

43.  If a man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rainforest with respect, man will become extinct.

~ Peter Benchley

44. I often struggle to find words that will communicate the vastness of the Pacific Ocean to people who have never been to sea. Yet as I gazed from the deck at the surface of what ought to have been a pristine ocean, I was confronted, as far as the eye could see, with the sight of plastic.

~ Captain Charles Moore


45. Plastic waste is now found in the most remote areas of the planet. It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism.

~ Antonio Guterres.

46. Thousands of sea turtles, whales, and countless other species mistake the bags for food, and once ingested, the bags block the animal’s insides and cause a horrible death.

~ Zac Goldsmith

47. Forget bottled water; tap water is just as good! Pour it into a reusable water bottle, and always have fresh water on the go without wasting plastic.

~ Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

48. One of my big pet peeves is single-use plastic bags. I think it’s one of the stupidest ideas in the world.

~ Philippe Cousteau, Jr

49. I’m scared by the amount of bottled water being consumed today, instead of people drinking filtered tap water. Did you know that nearly a percent of those plastic bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose?

~ Robert England

50. For your temporary comfort, don’t permanently kill the innocent life of all living beings on the earth, the plastic.

~ Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

51. I think, on a personal level, everybody, when you go through the checkout line after you get your groceries and they say, ‘Paper or plastic?’ We should be saying, ‘Neither one.’ We should have our own cloth bags.

~ Woody Harrelson.

52. It cannot be right to manufacture billions of objects that are used for a matter of minutes, and then are with us for centuries.

~ Roz Savage

53. BPA is just one chemical used to make plastic baby bottles and in the lining of food, beverage, and infant formula containers. Research shows that children are exposed to BPA by drinking from polycarbonate bottles and consuming food from containers made using BPA.

~ Suzy Shuster

54. The truth is, of course, that history is not completed in modern commerce any more than philosophy is perfected in political economy. In other words, there is nothing timeless or God-given about filling stations and penicillin and plastic bags.

~ James Buchan

55. We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.

~ Barbara Ward

56. It took me a long time to film a plastic bag, and then I had to get the cut scene right. But if you find it as beautiful as the character does, then suddenly it becomes a different movie, and so did he the character.

~ Sam Mendes

57. Usage of plastic in packing medicines will pack the earth medically unfit for any life.

~ Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

58. Single-use plastic is a ticking time bomb for the environment. Avoid it wherever and whenever possible.

~ Jennifer Nini


59. If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.

~ Pete Seeger

60. The longest-lived people eat a plant-based diet. They eat meat but only as a condiment or as a celebration. Nothing they eat has a plastic wrapper.

~ Dan Beuttner

61. The strongest governments on earth cannot clean up pollution by themselves. They must rely on each ordinary person, like you and me, on our choices, and on our will.

~ Chai Jin

62. Banning plastic bags so that people use paper bags or imported reusable bags that will end up in landfills soon thereafter is not the solution to our plastic bag challenge.

~ Kevin De Leon

63. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

~ John F. Kennedy

64. We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere… can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.

~ Elon Musk

65. We make so many things that don’t require the longevity plastic has – We don’t need a straw that we will use to sip one drink that will stay in the environment forever.

~ Heidi Taylor

66. The mother earth has already buzzed the alarm of danger to her son, the human by refusing plastic in the form of global warming.

~ Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

67. The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can’t breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.

~ Joe Biden

68. Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to be dispersed because we’ve been ignorant of their value.

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

69. We make so many things that don’t require the longevity that plastic has – we don’t need a straw that we will use to sip one drink that will stay in the environment forever.

~ Heidi Taylor

70. Pollution is a serious one. Water pollution, air pollution, and then solid hazardous waste pollution. And then beyond that, we also have the resources issue. Not just water resources but other natural resources, the mining resources being consumed, and the destruction of our ecosystem.

~ Ma Jun

71. We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it perfectly.

~ Anne Marie Bonneau

72. It’s not climate change that needs to be tackled. It is the political power of the fuel fossil industry.

~ Richard Denniss

73. In 2014, scientists even found a new kind of stone in Hawaii, made of sand, shells, corals, volcanic rock, and plastic.

~ David Suzuki

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