I would hope with all of the horrendous oil spill news, that everyone will look at every facet of their lives and reduce their oil dependance by at least half.
Just watching this video of how disposable diapers are made makes me contemplate how much of our precious resources go into creating something that will get pooped in. Then thrown into a landfill and take over 600 years to decompose. Sick.
What happens to a disposable item after it gets tossed is only half of it. We all need to consider how things are made and packaged. How they get to the stores, and eventually to your home.
This may be extreme here, but we need to drive less, buy local, invest in clean and renewable energy, and respect the planet. Our children’s future depends on our actions. Consumers are most responsible for the Gulf oil spill, and for all oils spilled around the world. That is right folks. In our take and toss society the only person to blame is ourselves.
Just look at how long it takes for these things to decompose. Then look at what you are putting in your garbage.
- Banana Peel: 3-4 weeks
- Paper Bag: 1 month
- Cardboard: 2 months
- Wool Sock : 1 year
- Tinned Steel Can: 50 years
- Aluminum Can: 200-500 years (But if recycled, it can be reused within 6 weeks!)
- Disposable Diapers: 550 years
- Plastic Bags : 20-1000 years
- Plastic Jug: 1 million years
- Glass : 1-2 million years
- Styrofoam: 1+ million years