Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Keep reusing those bags!

Thanks to the implementation of charges for carrier bags in Wales, we have seen consumption of single-use carrier bags reduce by 79% since 2010, according to a new UK report. This is great news. People now take bags with them when they go shopping. A little bit of thought is all it takes to make a difference.

Just in case you wonder what the fuss is all about, do you know how long it takes different items to break down? Let's take a look.



How long does it take to decompose?

  • Paper towels: 2-4 weeks
  • Banana peel: 3-4 weeks
  • Paper bag: 1 month
  • Newspaper: 1.5 months
  • Apple core: 2 months
  • Cardboard: 2 months
  • Orange peel: 6 months
  • Plywood: 1-3 years
  • Wool sock: 1-5 years
  • Milk carton: 5 years
  • Cigarette butt: 10-12 years
  • Leather shoes: 25-40 years
  • Steel can: 50 years
  • Foam plastic cups: 50 years
  • Rubber-boot sole: 50-80 years
  • Plastic containers: 50-80 years
  • Aluminium cans: 200-500 years
  • Plastic bottles: 450 years
  • Disposable diapers: 550 years
  • Monofilament fishing line: 600 years
  • Plastic bags: 200-1000 years

Let's cut down on the worst offenders (or use alternatives) and then recycle them responsibly, so they don't end up polluting the environment.


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