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How long does a plastic bag take to biodegrade?

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Answered 2010-12-07 12:50:26

Plastics in general are not considered biodegradable due to their molecular stability. Plastics do not easily break down into simpler components.

A plastic bag will break down into smaller pieces of plastic, but that is not the same as biodegrading.

Some estimates are 500 years to degrade, some more conservative are 1000 years. The bags will photodegrade, but that will take a long time, hence the 500-1000 year estimate. The problem is there are no bacteria breaking down the plastic. Eventually some may evolve to do so, but science may need to step in and speed the process along.

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a plastic bag is not biodegradable.

A cotton bag will take a few months to biodegrade/decompose.

How long does it take to biodegrade?According to the February issue of Oprah magazine :It takes a brown paper bag 1 to 5 months to biodegrade;cigarette butts and filters take 12 years;plastic bags, caps and lids take decades;aluminum cans take 2 to 5 centuries; andstyrofoam clamshells (the containers take-out food comes in) takes virtually forever.

No-one really knows, but estimates suggest 500 to 1000 years.

The plastic bag will not decompose but it may clog up the toilet.

it takes up to 14 years to desolve a plastic bag

The bag itself will take centuries if not longer to break down as it is a layered metalized plastic material.

How long can turtles live in plastic bags? Hmmm? Let me see? They can't live in a plastic bag very long or else they would die.

If it has plastic outside, the thickness of a plastic bag, that might take 5 years to degrade. If it is filled with cotton, that would take 5 months to degrade.

A non Biodegradable plastic bag will decompose in 500 years

it depends on how fresh it was when packed, and what type of saphrophyte bacteria have been cultivated in it. if the bag is vacuumed the time will be much longer.

Yes, as long as the baby doesn't take the bag off. I don't know why you want to suffocate a baby, though...

There are many up and coming products that replace pure plastic bags. One for instance is a garbage bag made of vegetable fiber. The bag itself feels like plastic but is completely a different chemical composition. Also, vegetable fiber bags biodegrade over a period of anywhere between 2-12 months (weather dependant). Plastic bags can take upwards of 5-10 years

A plastic bag is not biodegradable, this means that it will not disinegrate after long periods of time. Turtles also eat jelly fish, they will mistake a plastic bag for a jelly fish, eat it, and suffocate.

how long does it take a paper bag to break down how much water does it take to produce a paper bag

Four days when germinated in a plastic bag on top of a wet paper towel.that helps it grow

There are many items that end up in landfills, but take years to decay. Oftentimes, these items could be recycled instead of just thrown away. Take, for instance, a plastic bag. It takes around 15 years to decay, but could be recycled instead, which would save resources.

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