“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Litter Lasts This Long

Fact sheet from my daughter's primary school:

Aluminum cans 200–500 years
Plastic six-pack holders 450 years
Plastic film containers 20–30 years
Plastic bags 10–20 years
Paper bag 1 month
Plastic coated paper 5 years
Cigarette butts 1–5 years
Rubber boot/shoe sole 50–80 years

I would like to see some corroboration for these. I'm not going to post their times for plastic or polystyrene because I reckon they're off.   Obviously it depends what happens to these objects, how they are processed or not, and so on.     

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