The Most Littered Item WorldWide

#CigaretteButtsPollution

September 10, 2018

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Plastic straws and bags create  a huge amount of pollution, which is causing many areas to ban their sales and use. But there's another Butt that is the largest form of litter worldwide ...Cigarette Butts! It doesn't seem like much, just a little part of the cigarette. But these little parts ... BUTTS end up on our beaches, and into the waters.Cigarette Butt Pollution has slowly been getting attention on the mass amount of pollution they create. 

Well now the BUTT attention has been TURNED WAY UP!  Thanks to the TRUTH initiative. The organization that uses funds from legal settlements between state attorneys general and tobacco companies to deliver tough messages against smoking. During the 2018 Video Music Awards a new campaign was launched against Cigarette Butts. "...the Most Littered Item in the World."

Cigarette Butts Stats:

  • Majority of the 5.6 trillion cigarettes manufactured worldwide each year come w/ filters (butts) made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that can take a decade or more to decompose.
  • Cigarette Butt Pollution Project says 2/3 of those filters (butts) end up being dumped in the wrong places.
  • Since 1986 the Ocean Conservancy sponsors a beach cleanup every year. For over 30 years, Cigarette Butts have been the most collected item on the world's beaches with more than 60 MILLION BUTTS collected! 
  • Cigarette Butts amount to around 1/3 of all collected items and more than plastic wrappers, containers, bottle caps, eating utensils and bottles combined
  • Research is being done to see how Cigarette Butt Pollution is affecting wildlife, human lives and health, and the over all well-being of the environment. It's showing a negative impact that is just getting worse! 
  • More here!

The word is thanks to a San Diego- based startup Greenbutts there are Greener Alternative Butts availableOf course not smoking  / quitting smoking is the best for one's health and the environment. But, if that isn't an option, finding away to help get rid of the Butt Pollution on our beaches, waters and the environment in which we live, is one we should pursue!  Big #1THING!