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

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Ink cartridges
> How long they take to decompose: 450 to 1,000 years

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Latex gloves
> How long they take to decompose: Several months to several years

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Nylon fishing nets
> How long they take to decompose: 40 years

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Plastic bags
> How long they take to decompose: 10 to 1,000 years

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Plastic bottles
> How long they take to decompose: 450 years

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