How long does it take everyday items to decompose?
Certified compostable products will break down within a 90-day period.
But how long does it take for non-compostable items to break down?
According to recent 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 is why we need to start thinking compostable. All of our 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.