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How long before certain items decompose?

How long before certain items decompose?

h2>Did you know that it takes plastic shopping bags 200 – 1000 years to biodegrade?

It takes years of time for the commonly used consumer wastes to decompose and it effects the global green house effect badly.

How Long does it take to Decompose?

  • Paper Towel – 2-4 weeks
  • Banana Peel – 3-4 weeks
  • Paper Bag – 1 month
  • Newspaper – 1.5 months
  • Apple Core – 2 months
  • Cardboard – 2 months
  • Cotton Glove – 3 months
  • Orange peels – 6 months
  • Plywood – 1-3 years
  • Wool Sock – 1-5 years
  • Milk Cartons – 5 years
  • Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years
  • Leather shoes – 25-40 years
  • Tinned Steel Can – 50 years
  • Foamed Plastic Cups – 50 years
  • Rubber-Boot Sole – 50-80 years
  • Plastic containers – 50-80 years
  • Aluminum Can – 200-500 years
  • Plastic Bottles – 450 years
  • Disposable Diapers – 550 years
  • Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years
  • Plastic Bags – 200-1000 years
  • Decomposition or Biodegradation is the chemical dissolution of materials through bacteria and other biological means. It takes significant period of time for a material to decompose completely, depending upon the type of material and the method of degradation.

    A paper towel may decompose in 2-4 weeks, and a plastic bag takes several thousand years to degrade and decompose completely.

    The biodegradable products decompose easily with time and transform into natural elements without much effecting the environment. Whereas, the products that do not decompose easily take years of time to decompose completely, and during this process, they hamper and pollute the environment with toxic elements.

    Therefore, it is our prime duty to keep a check on the usage of harmful materials like plastic, as they do not decompose easily and harm our environment.

    References:
    Biodegradation – Wikipage

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