How long does it take to decompose? It’s frightening

14 Jun 2012

Look at this the next time you throw something “away”.  Where is away anyway?

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4 Responses to “ How long does it take to decompose? It’s frightening ”

  1. CelloMom says:

    This list speaks out! Doesn’t it depend on the circumstances, though? In a landfill, food can stay intact for decades, as do newspapers used for dating the layers (I got this tidbit from “Rubbish!: the archaeology of garbage” by Rathje and Murphy). On the other hand, the worms in my worm bin do away with an apple core within a week. I’ve never tried feeding them wool socks….
    But I get the point – the list does speak. Perhaps we want to look at this before buying something?

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  3. Caveman says:

    Where do these numbers come from? Who determined all this?

    A plastic bag lasts twice as long as an aluminum can? And 12 times as long as a plastic container? Not in my part of the world!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Hey Caveman, tell us what’s happening with plastic in your part of the world. We’re all ears!

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