8 Everyday Things
That Take Long to Decompose
By Patti Sunio
Let’s be honest. At one point, we all didn’t care about the everyday materials we use, for as long as it was convenient, efficient, and easy to use. But in case you didn’t notice, Mother Nature has been protesting and we cannot anymore be blind to how our actions have negatively affected this planet.
Maybe it’s about time we do something about the waste we produce. Here are 8 things that may be contributing to the world’s landfill:
Do you have any idea how long it takes for glass bottles to decompose? Maybe a million or two million years, experts believe, or maybe never. But the good news is, glass bottles can be recycled. So it’s best to be careful with the bottles you use (try not to break them!) so you don’t throw it away, it doesn’t end up in a landfill, and can still be recycled.
Batteries are one thing we barely pay attention to. It’s easy to use and throw away, too. But it takes about a hundred years for batteries to decompose. To minimize battery waste, we can explore rechargeable and solar-powered options!
It takes about 1,000 years for plastic bags to decompose. And did you know that when we throw away our used plastic bags, it most likely will end up dumped in landfills or into the ocean, and eventually into the digestive system of birds and other wildlife? So, not forgetting to bring your own shopping bag on your next grocery trip makes a great difference.
Diapers and sanitary napkins
It’s honestly difficult to imagine a world without diapers and sanitary napkins. It’s definitely more convenient, right? But the sad news is, it takes about 500 to 800 years for these to decompose. These types of products are difficult to recycle as it contains a variety of materials altogether. The idea of menstrual cups and cloth napkins are being revisited today, and for environment’s sake, it’s worth giving a try.