Garbage Talk

5 Feb

How long does it take for the common garbage to decompose?

They really stay longer than we think! According to this site:

banana peel: 3-4 weeks

paper bag: 1 month

wool sock: 1 year

leather shoe: 45 years

tin can: 90 years

aluminum can: 200-500 years

disposable diaper: 550 years

plastic jug: 1 million years

styrofoam (polystyrene?) container: more than 1 million years

I also found different results in other sites, but this sums up the idea. Wow, a lot of our garbage last more than our lifetime! Consume less, and we make a huge difference. Coffee in foam cup doesn’t sound appealing anyway.

3 Responses to “Garbage Talk”

  1. hiddenart February 5, 2008 at 6:27 pm #

    Coffee in a foam cup doesn’t taste good either.

    My husband recently heard that bottles of water are one of the largest causes of pollutants because of the making of the plastic bottle, transporting the water as they are shipped all over by truck or other means, and then the large amount of trash they produce. Although many people recycle, realistically a majority of plastic water bottles are just thrown away because of the issue of convenience.

    I remember as a child traveling with a jug of water in car to fill up our cups. My how times have changed.

    As always, I enjoy your thoughts.

  2. yielded February 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    And how I miss reading yours!

    My hubby and I have Kleen Kanteen and Sigg bottles that we carry anywhere we go, so that we would never have to buy bottled water anymore. The kids were constantly drinking from them, even at home, so I recently invested in Sigg bottles for them. I notice they’ve been drinking more water, so that’s a good thing!

  3. johanna3 February 6, 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    great post!! i always try not to buy plastic bottles or foam things, is incredible how long they took to decompose.

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