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How long does plastic take to decompose

Plastic is not the least of the household waste products. Its disposal is a pressing problem today. It is important to understand that the decomposition time in the natural environment of waste synthetic materials is much longer than that of organic materials.

Under the influence of microorganisms food waste decomposes in 1 – 3 months;
Paper, cardboard decomposes in 1-2 months;
Clothing made of natural materials will decompose within 3 years; Clothing made of artificial materials will decompose within 50 years;
Batteries will take approx. 100 years to decompose;
Plastic bags can be recycled in 30 to 200 years;
Plastic cups and bottles take between 450 and 1,000 years to decompose, depending on the composition and climatic conditions.
Under the influence of temperature (hot tea, coffee), polyvinylchloride and polystyrene, of which almost all disposable cups are made, emit toxic substances which are extremely harmful to the human body. So it is not safe for your health to drink hot drinks from plastic drinkware.

What environmental damage does plastic do

Chemical elements can cause irreparable harm to the environment.

In the oceans, plastics break up into microparticles no bigger than 5 millimetres. It is this debris that many marine creatures feed on, mistaking it for plankton;
Thousands of ocean creatures, from seahorses to the largest mammals, whales, become entangled in the remnants of plastic debris;
Nanoplastics, into which microplastic particles break down, find their way into the water and then end up in the bodies of commercial fish as well as in drinking tap water. As a consequence, populations of many fish and ocean dwellers are now declining. Human health is also in immediate danger.
Countries that have banned plastic bags and cups
The rapid growth in the production of plastics has far outstripped the possibilities for recycling. This is why a number of countries around the world have not just abandoned the use of plastic packaging, but have legislated for it:

Commonwealth of Australia;

People’s Republic of Bangladesh;;
People’s Republic of China;
Republic of Ireland.

How to move away from plastic

The solution to the problem of plastic pollution on the planet requires the consolidation of all consumers of synthetic products. And it must start with everyone by limiting plastic consumption at home.

Buy products in environmentally friendly packaging, such as paper or paper that can be recycled easily;
Replace plastic bags with woven bags or carrier bags;
Stop using plastic bottles and use reusable bottles or flasks;
Bring your own utensils to cafes without resorting to disposable ones;
Replace children’s plastic toys with natural toys and, if children no longer play with their old toys, extend their use by giving them away to charity.

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