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HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR SOME EVERYDAY ITEMS TO DECOMPOSE.

 

 

Certified compostable products will break down within a 180-day period.

But how long does it take for non-compostable items to break down??

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According to our research the following is the estimated time for some everyday items that are all around us to decompose in landfill sites:

  • Plastic bottles: 70-450 years 
  • Plastic bag: 500-1000 years 
  • Tin can: around 50 years 
  • Leather shoes: 25-40 years 
  • Thread: 3-4 months 
  • Cotton: 1-5 months 
  • Rope: 3-14 months 
  • Cigarette: 1-12 years 
  • Milk packet (tetra) covers and drink packets: 5 years 
  • Nylon clothes: 30-40 years 
  • Sanitary napkins & children diapers: 500-800 years 
  • Glass bottles: 1,000,000 years
  • Hairspray bottle: 200-500 years 
  • Fishing line: 600 years. 
  • Glass bottle; 1-2 million years 
  • Aluminum can: 200 years

 

This list hammers home some truths and it just make us think more about our actions a little more.

 

about-img-2This is why we need to start thinking compostable. All of Down2Earth’s products decompose into nutrient rich compost within 8-12 weeks. This compost is used to grow more plants, creating a closed loop cycle. By operating in this way, our products help divert waste from already overcrowded landfills.

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