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

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Plywood
> How long it takes to decompose: 1 to 3 years

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Polyester clothes
> How long they take to decompose: More than 100 years

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Polyurethane cushions
> How long they take to decompose: 1,000 years

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Rope
> How long it takes to decompose: 3 to 14 months

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Rubber soles
> How long they take to decompose: 50 to 80 years

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