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Some think that by tossing their wrapper out the window or leaving their plastic bottles and straws at beaches or in parks some magical, awesome power will move them far from where they can cause harm to life and nature.
How very wrong such thoughts are.
Here are some everyday items that find their way into the beautiful ocean, and an indication how long it takes for them to decompose:
Toilet roll ~ one month
Cardboard ~ two months
Cigarette ~ 10 years
Plastic bag ~ 10 to 20 years
Drink cans ~ 200 years
Diapers ~ 450 years
Fish hooks ~ 600 years
Plastic cutlery ~ 100 to 1,000 years
Glass ~ 4,000 years
Some plastics ~ never
Let this serve to teach those in the unknowing, that the litter we constantly bombard our planet with lingers for longer than we can imagine.
Keep the environment in mind when buying your groceries and before you carelessly toss the unwanted packaging away.