During our voyage on the Spirit of Bermuda, we were visited by the Plastic Tides team to discuss marine debris and the effects of plastics on marine life.
We examine various items that commonly end up as debris and determined the timeline for them to decompose. Starting from a piece of paper that could take 2-4 weeks, to a plastic bottle that could take 450 years, to styrofoam which never decomposes.
It was fun to guess the order of which items would break down faster and we had a pretty good idea once we were told the options for time.
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