How Do We Know How Long A Plastic Bag Takes To Decompose ?

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Dearest Plastic-Bag-Ologists...

As a sheepy I of course hate plastic bags......Yep,hating plastic bags is all I think about.....though...I use them and recycle them all the time.

Look, here is one in all it's majestic wonder as it cavorts playfully amongst the coral reef !


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A Plastic Bag Jelly Fish In All It's Glory


I heard that a plastic bag takes about 300-500 years to decompose...now..as far as I know plastic bags were not invented in the 18th century so How Is It Known That A Plastic Bag Takes That Long To Decompose ?

Would the above jelly fish plastic bag take a lot lot longer to decompose ?

whajafink ?


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How Do We Know How Long A Plastic Bag Takes To Decompose ?
« Reply #1 on: 10/09/2010 23:49:08 »

I heard that a plastic bag takes about 300-500 years to decompose...now..as far as I know plastic bags were not invented in the 18th century so How Is It Known That A Plastic Bag Takes That Long To Decompose ?

Industrialists can simulate the life of materials by sticking them in ovens and turning up the heat, bombarding them with light or UV radiation and a host of other methods.