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You Won’t Believe How Long It Takes for These Popular Items to Decompose

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Cigarettes
> How long they take to decompose: 18 months to 10 years

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Cotton gloves
> How long they take to decompose: 3 months

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Disposable diapers
> How long they take to decompose: 500 years

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Foam cups
> How long they take to decompose: 50 years

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Glass bottles
> How long they take to decompose: 1 million years

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