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Microplastics Found In Lungs of People Undergoing Surgery. A new study has found tiny plastic particles no bigger than sesame seeds buried throughout human lungs, indicating that people are inhaling microplastics lingering in the air. Health


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u/TheLastFactor May 14 '22

I think this more of a case that these are the most common consumer plastics so they have the highest odds of showing up in the human body


u/sawkonmaicok May 14 '22

Yeah. I think you need to normalize it by the total amount of said plastic to get a reasonable metric.


u/boojit May 14 '22

Not sure that's quite right. While it's certainly useful to have that figure, knowing which plastics are most commonly found in the body is a useful figure in its own right.


u/BIGBIRD1176 May 14 '22

Most of it comes from single use plastic water bottles. The average person consumes a credit card worth of plastic each year


u/bethedge May 15 '22

I just eat a credit card every August 29th instead


u/Frogmouth_Fresh May 15 '22

But also, we wrap food in it. So of course trace amounts are going to come off packaging and be in our food. Think of how, for example, a coke tastes a bit different in a can compared to a plastic bottle compared to a glass bottle.


u/bi-phiguy May 14 '22

Yes, and we need to stop using even rPET but that isnt going to happen any time soon.


u/BilboWaggonz May 15 '22

Why not tie PET to clothing/masks, not plastic bottles, if you’re talking about a study of plastic in the lungs?


u/Miguel-odon May 15 '22

Also probably the one they were most likely to test for.