You Eat A Credit’s Card Worth Of Plastic Every Week

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Flock worker’s lung was a condition that arose within workers of a Rhode Island plant that processed nylon flock. Nylon flock are short, plastic fibres used to make velvet-like materials used in upholstery, blankets, and clothing. These workers were three times more likely to develop lung cancer than other people in the area who didn’t work at the plant. When some of the dead workers’ lungs were examined, scientists found nylon fibres lodged in the lung tissue, making this the first known case of microplastics causing cancer in humans. Read full article here

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