Examples of biodegradble things are paper, cotton, human and solid waste. When disposed, biodegradable materials are broken down by microorganisms and other living things in a reasonable time period.Continue Reading
When composted correctly, a banana peel can decompose in two days. In inadequate environment, the biodegration of a banana can take up to three years. In an unmanaged landfill, newspapers take 25 to 40 years to decompose, office paper takes 29 to 46 years, food waste takes from five to 10 years, wood can take 58 to 99 years, and cotton can take from 29 to 46 years to decompose. Biodegration takes twice as long in a dry environment as it does in a moderately wet environment. In a bioreactor environment, or a managed landfill environment which accelerates biodegration, these time frames are cut to up to 25 percent.
Some plastics are made to biodegrade by adding cornstarch or vegetable oil to speed up the process. However, unless the plastic is disposed of in a specific environment and at an ideal humidity level, the process of biodegration may take the same amount of time to biodegrade as a nonbiodegradable piece of plastic.
Items like plastic bags, tin cans, computer hardware, synthetic material and Styrofoam are not biodegradable. Most of these products take more than 500 years to degrade, if they degrade at all.Learn more about Natural Resources
Algodon is simply the Spanish word for cotton. It is used for both the plant and the fabric made from it, similar to the English word cotton.Full Answer >
While cotton offers several advantages, it is not wrinkle resistant, dries slowly, fades in sunlight and shrinks. Cotton is a natural fiber that grows on plants. Ginning cotton removes the seeds from the fibers, so it is ready to weave into cloth.Full Answer >
Fungi have several positive economic effects, such as consuming biodegradable waste, improving soil, acting as symbiotic organisms for various crops, generating antibiotics and other medicines, and being a food source. They also have several negative effects, including causing diseases in humans and animals and blighting crops and other plants, Fungi are an important category of life, both to human economies and to the other forms of life on the planet.Full Answer >
Examples of saprophytic bacteria include cheese mold, lactic acid, yeast and rotting kitchen waste. Saprophytic bacteria are fungal organisms that feed off of decaying organic matter. The term "saprophyte" refers specifically to fungal and bacterial saprotrophs, but animal saprotrophs are known as saprozoites.Full Answer >