Cigarette butts constitute 38% of all coastal litter on average. A cigarette butt is made of 12,000 microfibers on average, containing up to 98% of plastic in the form of cellulose acetate. To prevent cigarette filters from burning, manufacturers coat them with several chemicals such as zinc, arsenic, lead, highly toxic for the environment. Moreover, once used, the filters contain nicotin and tar, equally dangerous. Once in the water, the cigarette butts start degrading, and release their lethal cocktail. One cigarette butt can pollute up to 8L of seawater, causing the death of crustaceans and small fishes. Since the current production of cigarettes in the world is likely to explode by 2025 (from one to two trillion cigarettes), it appears crucial to find a solution to reduce the input of cigarette butts into the marine systems.
Our goal is clear: reduce efficiently the accumulation of cigarette butts in the sand. The more we remove from the beach, the less will reach the water and pollute the reef!
Be part of the campaign! Share pictures of yourself picking up cigarette butts and use the #MoveYourButt.