How Long Does It Take To Decompose?

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Note From The Editor: This article has been so popular over the years that we have decided to make a part 2. To dive even deeper into this topic, be sure to check out “How Long Does It Take To Decompose – Part 2“.

Today I feel like posting some interesting facts about some of the most common products we use on a daily basis. Since this is Green Week (at least according to NBC), I would like to add some good-to-know info into the mix. I know that in these days, all we hear is recycle this or reuse that, but it all comes at us for a reason. We’re finally realizing that we can make a difference for the future of our Earth, so why not act upon it? Many times we can become blinded from the endless amounts of statistics and numbers being introduced, but maybe this list can help us understand how important it is to watch what we do with these essential daily items. Check out how long each of these products take to decompose in the environment…

  • Banana Peel: 3-4 weeks
  • Paper Bag: 1 month
  • Cardboard: 2 months
  • Wool Sock: 1 year
  • Tinned Steel Can: 50 years
  • Aluminum Can: 200-500 years (But if recycled, it can be reused within 6 weeks!)
  • Disposable Diapers: 550 years
  • Plastic Bags: 20-1000 years
  • Plastic Jug: 1 million years
  • Glass: 1-2 million years
  • Styrofoam: 1+ million years

This list might put some of the Green supporters’ words into perspective for a lot of people. It sure opened my eyes when I did a little research to see what the highest concerns were with today’s products. Just make sure you care as much about the container as you do about the healthy food within it. Without a productive, prospering Earth, there cannot be a way to keep ourselves in healthy condition.

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Sources include QLPA, No More Trash! & ABC.
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  • lucy

    How long does it take for a GREEN BAG to decompose

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    how long does it take for a light bolb

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    Dose styrofoam really take 1 million years to break

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    wow. so useful 4 me b/c im doing a project

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    But how long does it take for a plastic cup to breack down in a land fill?

  • carrie

    hi i am doing my seior project on styrofome and how it is effecting our schools i my school has 1600 kides that eat breackfast and lauch every day and they eat off styrofome trays and i think that is wrong how do i get the school bord to stop usesing it

  • Bob

    I care about climate change. I care about species becoming extinct. I care about erosion. I don’t see why I should care how long I takes for plastic to decompose. What on earth difference does it make?

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    i love to recycle way to go if you don’t recycle start recycling right !

  • Banana appeal

    How long does a banana take to decompose if it has been inserted up my arse?

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    how long does it take for a computer to decompose

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