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

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Sanitary pads
> How long they take to decompose: More than 25 years

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Shoes
> How long they take to decompose: 25 to 40 years

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Six-pack holders
> How long they take to decompose: 450 years

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Steel cans
> How long they take to decompose: 50 years

Straws
> How long they take to decompose: 200 years

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